Adoption

Thinking of adopting a new dog into your home? Check out our reader’s stories, tips, non-profit organizations, and dog shelters you may wish to contribute to and learn from, and more.

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Secrets To Picking The Right Dog Breed

Picking the right dog breed for you should not be taken lightly. The decision should involve the entire family and take many factors into account. When it comes to choosing a pup, it is always crucial to research the dog you are seeking. There are several things to consider first if you are wondering, “What is the best dog breed for me?” Whether choosing to adopt from an animal shelter, a breed rescue, or a breeder, the journey cannot begin until you have selected which type of dog to get. Let’s learn more about choosing a dog breed to fit in with your family and lifestyle…

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Am I Ready For A Dog? How To Be A Responsible Dog Owner

If you didn’t grow up with a dog or take part much in its upbringing, you might not know how much care they truly need. Before bringing home a new four-legged family member, prospective owners need to look at what taking on the responsibility of a dog truly means. Dogs need daily care and interaction and require a significant amount of money to be properly cared for. We encourage you to seriously consider all the costs and time commitment involved so you can give your pet the loving home they deserve. So, are you ready for a dog? Find out what to consider before you jump in.

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How To Become A Foster Dog Parent & Tips For Fostering (With Personal Experience)

The stigma that shelter dogs are bad dogs is a stereotype that is completely untrue. Unfortunately, too many dogs are in shelters, and people are scared to adopt them because they think there must be some reason that they were sent to the shelter to begin with. Read on to learn the real deal about shelter dogs and what you can do to help…

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What Are Puppy Mills? Why Are They Legal? And How Can We Stop Them?

A puppy mill, also known as a puppy farm, is a large scale dog breeding facility. The treatment of animals at puppy mills is often called into question. Specifically, these commercial breeding farms are known for their lack of medical care, and providing a proper diet for their dogs. The pups often do not receive the exercise and socialization they require at such a young age. Unfortunately, these large-scale breeding facilities also exist for other animals. For example, for cats, a breeding farm is referred to as a kitty mill. Believe it or not, an estimated 4000 puppy mills exist across the United States, which breed over half a million puppies per year.

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Adopt, Don’t Shop: A Phrase Worth Thousands Of Lives

Have you heard the latest catch-phrase, “Adopt, Don’t Shop?” If so, you might be wondering what it means. Adopt, Don’t Shop is a campaign slogan that a growing number of animal rights proponents are using to promote adopting pets from shelters, rather than buying them from pet stores. What’s behind the movement? Is it controversial? And how can you get involved? Read on for answers to all these questions and more…

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Guide To The Best Family Dogs: For Kids, By Size, Hypoallergenic & More

Are you on the hunt for the best family dog? There’s no quick answer, but this guide can help you learn some of the top breeds for families, what makes them great, and how to pick the best breed for your family. After all, there are many great family dogs, but just because a dog is characteristically great with families doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for yours.

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How To Adopt A Dog Guide (And Our Experience)

You’re considering adopting a dog! And you are taking the time to research how to care for it before you’ve even adopted – way to go! We couldn’t be more pleased with your decision. There are many dogs in shelters just waiting for great homes like yours to call their own. Dog adoption is a fun experience but you also have many things to consider, like the age of dog you’re going to adopt. We’ll tell you what to expect for each age group to help you make your dog adoption experience a successful one full of love and joy…

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