Discovering a lost or abandoned dog can be disheartening, especially when they don’t have any visible identification that will lead them back to their home. I read about this issue often in the social media platforms that I participate in. And while I feel bad for the dog and the person who discovered them pleading for help. I can only imagine the distress that the dog’s parents must feel. It’s literally like losing a family member.
So in this post, I will offer a four step action plan for people who find lost or stray dogs. And I will also provide some useful tips for dog parents to help them minimize the chances of their dogs getting lost in the first place.
When it comes to deciding to adopt a dog, there are mainly two points of contention to explore. The first is whether or not you’re a good fit for dog parenting. The second is to determine if your dog of interest is a good fit for your temperament and lifestyle. The first point (if you’re a good fit) is of vital importance because it naturally precedes your choosing a potential dog. It also requires much more analysis.
Failing to thoroughly assess your fitness for dog parenting often results in your regretting the decision to get the dog, your lack of providing quality care, and finally, the relinquishing of your dog to a dog shelter, or worse, a friend or family member.
I say worse because when you give someone a dog that you adopted, these second-hand pet parents have higher rates statistically for returning pets to shelters. And it naturally makes sense because they weren’t the ones who initially wanted to adopt a dog in the first place.
Of course, this is not the case for all second-hand pet parents. Especially if they were actively looking to adopt a pet, and took advantage of the opportunity to choose your lovely dog.
I’m talking about when someone convinces a friend or relative who otherwise had no interest in adopting a dog to take on their dog. Sure, this may help the person feel better since they did not return the dog to the shelter. But It fails to consider if it was a good idea for their friend or relative to take on this responsibility.
I believe it’s best to do your due diligence before you decide to adopt so that no one returns a dog that needs a home back to a shelter.
So the goal of this post is to help you avoid becoming one of these statistics at all costs! As we drill down through the questions, by the end you will be able to confidently conclude whether becoming a dog parent makes sense for you.