To adopt a dog is a big step. COVID19 Virus has forever changed our outlook on the importance of masks and virtual gatherings. But is that all that changed? Haven’t you noticed the recent uproar in the acquisition of pet dogs from shelters and rescue centers? Pay attention in your neighborhood, and you’d see how often the cute canines pop up.
But why? More importantly, should you follow suit and adopt a dog?
Let’s find some answers, shall we?
Why Are People Adopting Dogs At Alarming Numbers Now?
According to Madeline Bernstein (President of Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty, Los Angeles), LA received a surge in demand (at least 10-13 daily) for shelter dogs. The requests are so numerous that coordinators of these shelters keep a waiting list.
Incredible, isn’t it?
Mind you, that occurrence is not limited to LA. It extends to all parts of the United States. But why?
Well, amid the pandemic, so many things have changed. For office workers, it means adjusting to idling around. Well, unless your company allows you to work from home.
For people working from home, there could be a lot of work to do, or very little work. Either way, you are bored and need a change.
Unfortunately, you are not the only one exhausted. Your kids are also tired of “no homework” and their “old toys.” So, they can’t fill the void.
Worse: you can’t even go out – thanks to COVID19.
So, who or what then will make up for what you missed? The social interactions; the good ole park days filled with smiles and nature!
What better way there is to overcome loneliness than to return to one of human’s earliest friends – dogs?
Even with knowing that a dog could help with adding variety to your day, is this the right thing to do for your situation?
3 Factors To Consider When You Want To Adopt A Dog
Are You Ready To Commit Beyond The Pandemic?
Like in any relationship, the first question you should ask yourself is commitment. Do you “really” need a dog?
Who knows? Perhaps taking up a hobby would suffice to keep you engaged. That is why before you go to that shelter, search deep within yourself.
An abandoned dog had already suffered enough. You don’t plan to shatter its heart after using it to fulfill your need – do you? Or you think dogs can’t feel depressed?
Is Your Home Pet-friendly?
Now that commitment is out of the way. Are you sure you want a dog? How ready are you? Have you made plans for feeding and housing?
Also, do you know an abandoned dog needs adjustment time? Meaning: such a pet needs extra care and attention. In short, everything must revolve around the delicate canine – at least for a few weeks.
Furthermore, on care and attention, do you have the budget to cater for your desired pet dog?
Even with your commitment and pet-friendly home, the chances are that this is your first time keeping a pet. As such, you should inquire from experts on what to do.
The best part: an expert would advise you on budget-friendly hacks to get the most from your dog.
Isn’t that what you wanted?
We have a great article about a dog getting adopted.