Caring for any type of animal is a big commitment and it is no exception for owning a dog. Adopting a pet is a more favorable and less expensive way of getting your furry companion but you do need to make sure that the dog you choose is the correct dog for you and finding out the history of your chosen dog is vital. It would be not used to either you or your dog if he can’t be with other pets for example or is scared of children and a family is aiming to adopt. The shelter will always assess the dog and the prospective owner to ensure that they are the perfect match.

Adopting Means Getting Your Dog From a Shelter or Rescue Center

There are many shelters and rescue centers all over the country where there will be many different breeds of dogs waiting to be adopted. It is important that when you go to these centers that you do not make a quick decision in which breed of dog you would like to take home with you. Seeing all those pleading eyes looking at you will pull on those heartstrings and you will end up wanting to take them all home! Ensure that all the dogs have been checked over by the vet and are looking healthy. Dogs that are in shelters generally are healthier than those from a breeder as they will be checked over by the resident vet as soon as they are admitted and given any injections or courses of treatment before being given over to the public so you will, therefore, be given the most up to date medical records of your dog when you visit and adopt.

Each dog will have a story of how he has ended up there; some are purely circumstantial where people do not have the means or capability of looking after their pets any longer but some are there due to some form of abuse or abandonment. For obvious reasons, these dogs may need more time to adapt to a new home or environment.

Older dogs

The more senior dogs generally take longer to home as many people are won over by the cuteness and how adorable puppies are. The pros of adopting a more senior dog are that they are of course house-trained and generally speaking well trained and in their routine of life. They are more relaxed and not so full of beans and curiosity that a new puppy will bring, therefore, suiting people of an older generation or people who just don’t have the energy or time to be a full-time playmate.

Adopting and owning a pet is a great responsibility and cost, however, there is a type of breed of dog out there for everyone

Most Common Breeds of Dog Found in Shelters

·         Australian Cattle Dog

Also known by the acronym of ACD they were bred to herd cattle by nipping at their heels. They are highly devoted to their owner, full of energy and very intelligent. They have an abundance of energy that they need to expend and so this is where many owners soon find that they cannot find the time to deal with their energy level and so end up having to be re-homed to someone more suitable.


·         Dachshund

They are energetic, clever, outgoing and have big personalities for little dogs. They can be expensive due to their long spines which can cause injury and are prone to becoming obese if their owners do not manage their diets efficiently. Thus they can become fairly costly and so end up having to be re-homed due to the owner not having the income to maintain them.

·         Beagle

They can be an extremely stubborn breed, excitable, very intelligent. More often than not poor hunting Beagles are found on the streets when they have strayed from a hunt or have been abandoned by their owners because they are just not up to the standard that is required for the hunts.

·         Boxer

They are a very devoted dog, playful, intelligent, confident and brave. They can be prone to various allergies and health problems and some owners tend to find that they just can’t keep up with the veterinary bills and so end up in shelters.

·         American Staffordshire Terrier

They are very loyal and devoted, friendly, strong, smart and Courageous. Due to them getting in the mix of being referred within the “Pit Bull” family they are breed discriminated and so are hard to re-home once entering the shelter.

·         German Shepherd

They are known to be very obedient, intelligent, watchful, curious and extremely loyal. They are commonly used within the military forces and law enforcement due to their unfaltering loyalty. They require strict training and a lot exercise and if this is not properly adhered to then this loyalty can be shown as misplaced aggression and so could be why there are so many found in shelters throughout the country.

·         Labrador Retriever

They are loyal, very friendly, even-tempered and trusting. They are currently one of the most popular dog breeds for people to own but can be costly for their feeds and veterinary bills due to health complaints that affect them.

·         Chihuahua

They are lively, alert, courageous and quick. Due to them being seen as an accessory in many of the arms of Hollywood stars and off the back of films, the demand to own a chihuahua is high but unfortunately, they cost money to look after and people start to realize that they were not just there to just accessorize. Therefore many, many of them sadly ended up in shelters waiting to be re-homed.

·         American Pit Bull Terrier

They are known to be stubborn, strong willed, courageous, intelligent and a bit clownish. It is no surprise that they are the number one breed to frequent shelters. They are highly discriminated and completely misrepresented in the media thus being very hard to re-home once arriving at the shelters. They are a very loving and loyal dog and should be judged on their own individual behavior rather that having a blanket covering of a bad name. There may be a number of reasons for them finding their way into shelters like all dogs but it could be just a case of being over-bred for demand as they are among the most popular of breeds.

Each shelter will have there own system of ownership process to go through. Once you have made that decision to adopt then you will be asked to complete the paperwork and pay an adoption fee or donation to the shelter. Once you get your dog home then someone from the shelter will come and do a home visit in the following weeks just to check that you and your dog are settling in well together.

Just remember that by adopting a puppy or a more senior dog you are not only saving money but your giving that dog a secure and loving environment which he may not have had previously and so desperately needs.