- Educate yourself on the breed. Will the dog you are considering have the general breed characteristics to fit into your household?
- Are you able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide for the training, medical treatment, and proper care for the dog?
- Are you willing to consider the dog as a member of the family?
- Can you provide an environment for the dog that will keep it safe and secure? Do you understand that small dogs are NOT outside dogs?
- Toy and small breeds of dogs can easily live to 15-16 years. Are you prepared to make the commitment to love and care for the dog for the rest of its natural life?
- Pets are not “disposable.” Do you foresee any circumstances that will “justify” having to re-home the dog once again?
- Rescue dogs are not “free.” Are you willing to pay between $100 and $300 to adopt (fees are dependant on age and physical health of the dog)? If you are looking for a free or cheap dog, rescue organizations are not the places to look! The dog may have come into the program intact and had to be spayed or neutered. All dogs are brought up-to-date on vaccinations. All dogs have been heartworm tested and are on preventive medications. In many cases the fees do not cover the costs that have been expended for the dog.
- Do you understand that adopting a dog is not an “impulse purchase?” If you are in a hurry, buy a goldfish. Rescue dogs have already had the heartbreak of abandonment. It is the goal of a rescue organization such as East Coast Asian Dog Rescue, Inc. to find FOREVER homes. This is not an overnight process. Every application for adoption will be carefully screened and every applicant will be subject to a home visit prior to final approval.
When you adopt a dog he becomes a part of your family. But unlike other family members we get to choose our dogs. Every breed has its own traits and distinctive personality. Below is a great tool that can help you chose the dog that will fit perfectly into your lifestyle.