Bringing a new furry companion in your home may sound very fun—cuddles on the couch, playtime excitement, long walks around the neighborhood. However, keep in mind that owning a dog does not simply involve all fun and games. In the end, you will be responsible for the well-being and health of your dog for their entire lives. Dog adoption can be a long-term commitment. It doesn’t matter if you’re considering adopting a senior dog, adult dog, or a puppy, the newness will soon ear off and you will be left with a precious companion and furry friend for many years to come. But before you adopt a dog, make sure to ask the following questions: 

 

Do you want to have a dog? 

Before adopting a new dog right away, it would be wise if you ask yourself such important questions. A few planning and reflection before deciding to adopt can help you guarantee that both you and your prospective pet is really a good fit or not.  

What dog breed do you want? 

You can still think about specific dog breeds as you adopt from a shelter. Even though a lot of shelter dogs are not purebred, shelter works can usually make very informed guesses at their pedigree.  

We highly recommend you research which dog breed would be a good match for you or what characteristics you want to have in a pet before visiting the dog shelters. This would result in a great outcome compared to just getting a dog that does not match your preference for a companion. 

Is it best to adopt a dog now? 

For dogs who are waiting for someone to pick them up and take them for their forever house, they would love to be adopted anytime. However, never let them feel disappointed by taking them home and then eventually deciding that now is not the perfect time for you to have pets. Keep in mind that dogs take a lot of attention and care, particularly during the first few moments after coming home.  

To help you determine whether you’re prepared for the responsibility of being a fur mom/dad, you can try fostering a dog in the meantime. Fostering can offer a lot of benefits as you bring home a new pet—playtime, cuddles, walks—with a shorter-term commitment in comparison to a lifetime commitment of adopting dogs.  

Have you allotted a budget for dog ownership? 

Are you ready to pay for the maintenance and care of your dog? Know that a dog owner’s continuous financial commitment can really add up. On top of the expenses for quality dog treats and food, you also have to take into account the doggie blankets and beds, toys, vet visits, puppy training, medical expenses, and grooming costs. Hence, before you get a dog, make sure that you can afford to have a dog. It would be wise if you have a specific budget for your dog owner to make sure that your dog will be happy and live a longer life with you.