Thinking of adopting a rescue dog? Pilgrims Vets’s guide

It’s a sad fact that many dogs are in need of a home, for any number of reasons – they may have been abandoned, treated badly, born in the care of one of the many rescue centres around the country or an owner may have died or be no longer able to care for their pet.

Adopting a dog is not for everyone, but if you think you may be able to re-home a dog please read on for some tips on how to go about it.

The RSPCA has plenty of advice on this and of course, along with the Dogs Trust, is one of the best-known animal charities that re-home dogs, so whatever type of dog you’re looking for it’s likely that they or another rescue charity will have a suitable candidate.

But there are a few things to bear in mind when you are thinking of adopting.

Is the dog suitable for all the family – have you considered allergies, age of children, work commitments?

Is your home dog-proof – is the garden secure, are there any potentially dangerous trees or plants around?

Is your lifestyle suitable to adopting a dog? If you choose a pet that is nervous around people or other dogs, or has come from an environment in which it wasn’t properly socialised, do you have the time to commit to tending its needs?

Have you considered the cost of looking after a dog?

Re-homing a dog is one of the most rewarding things an animal lover can do. Once you’re sure you and your family are ready to help out a dog in need of a new home, we are here to provide health checks and advice.

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