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Dog Adopting-shelter Dogs Make Great Pets

Dog adopting is one way of providing a home for a dog and make sure he has the opportunity to live a full and happy life. The Humane Society estimates that as many as four million dogs and cats are euthanized every year because they have no homes to go to. A dog can go up for adoption for a variety of reasons. His owner may have died, moved, or is unable to afford to care for him any longer.

Sometimes, dogs wind up in shelters because they become lost or the owner developed allergies to him. There are many reasons why a dog or cat winds up in a shelter but usually it is not because they are bad dogs or have done anything wrong. All these dogs need is a new home and a chance at life. You can adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue group locally or online.

Dog adopting is a fairly quick and simple process. It can happen in a couple of minutes or take a couple of days. Depending upon where you adopt the dog from, you may be checked out by the agency to make sure you can properly care for him. They may visit your home to make sure you have room and a backyard that is dog friendly. They may call your landlord to make sure the dog will be welcome.

Once you have completed the adoption papers and have qualified to take the dog home, you'll have to pay an adoption fee. This could be from $50 to $350. Before you can take the dog home, he has to undergo surgery to be sprayed or neutered if he has not had it done already. A couple of days after surgery, your new dog will be ready to come home with you.

You may be tempted to adopt every dog you see but you should take the time to select one that is a good match for your circumstances. Dogs have different personalities just like humans do, a lot of that depends upon the breed of the dog. Not every breed is suitable for life with small kids. Some breeds don't get along well with other animals that might live in your home.

However, keep in mind that each dog, no matter what breed he is, has his own unique personality. You should spend enough time around the dog before you adopt it to get to know him and his personality. This can give you a good idea if the dog is able to fit into your household.

Dog adopting is not something to take lightly. You can make a big difference in a dog's life and you should only adopt a dog if you intend to keep him for the rest of his life. Take advantage of all of the services offered by the adoption agency so that you select the best dog.