Dog Adoption and Rescue

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015
Adoption

Definition of Dog Adoption

In the domestic dog world, the words “adoption” and “rescue” are used interchangeably to refer to acquiring an abused, abandoned, neglected or otherwise unwanted dog. Though animal shelters and rescue organizations can have many dogs in need of rescue, they are not the only option. Dogs can also be in need of a new home when their current owners must surrender them because of some sudden change in personal circumstances, such as eviction from a rental residence, onset of a serious medical condition or divorce.

The decision to adopt a dog requires a great deal of thought, time commitment, resources and affection by the prospective adoptive parents. Before making a decision, potential owners should think carefully about whether they are really ready to adopt a dog and which breed will best suit their lifestyles. With time and research, you can decide if adopting a dog is the right choice for you.

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