While adopting a dog can be a seriously rewarding decision, before you take the step, it’s so important that you’re actually ready to welcome one of the most loyal friends you could ask for into your life. By adopting a dog from a rescue shelter, you could ultimately be saving a life. As you make the decision to welcome a rescue dog into your home, you’ll free up space for another animal which so desperately needs help. As lovely as adoption may sound, if you’re not ready for it, you will actually be doing your canine companion a disservice, which is why we’re on and with a list of signs that you’re ready to bring home your new best friend.
1. You’re A Responsible Adult
While responsibility is often dependent on an individual, we’re referring to the fact you’re able to take of both yourself and your living space. If you can do this, you’re ready to welcome a dog into your home. Sure, dogs are a lot of fun, but they also require a fair amount of fuss, care and attention. You must have the time and money needed to commit to taking care of your dog in the way they deserve.
2. You Have Thought About Who Will Take Care Of Your Dog When You’re Not Around
Whether you work long hours, you enjoy weekends away (of course, you can take your dog along), or you travel a lot for work, you need to have someone in mind to look after your four-legged friend when you’re too busy. Ultimately, you alone are responsible for another living creature. If you can’t give your dog the care they need, make sure you have the friends and family around you that can.
3. If You Have Other Pets, They’re Ready Too
It’s so important that any other pets you may have are equally as ready as you are for a dog to join your family. In fact, the same goes for humans too. To be totally prepared for adoption, the entire household needs to be on board. You should NEVER adopt a dog without the permission of everyone that needs to give the seal of approval. Nothing would be more heart-breaking than having to return a dog to the shelter.
4. You Want To Make Your House A Home
If you’re happy in your house and you feel like you have everything you need but the only thing missing is a dog, then you’re ready. If you’re a lover of dogs and you feel like you’re missing snuggling up with a dog, then it’s sure to make your house feel like a home.
Simply put, before you’re ready to welcome a dog into your home, you need to ensure you have the space, time and financial means to do so. Beyond that, every member of the household needs to be on board. If you can tick all these boxes, then you’re ready to find the perfect companion.