Around 6 months ago Jenna Marbles, a popular YouTube personality, adopted a greyhound named Bunny. She and her boyfriend were preparing for this moment for several months with the help of the GreySave organization.
She did her research, and, as a dog owner herself, she knew enough about how to take care of a new addition to her family. Yet, when the rescued greyhound was finally adopted, Jenna was not as prepared for her as she thought she was.
Video credit: Jenna Marbles
The thing is that adopting a grown-up dog isn’t the same as getting a puppy. Jenna’s adopted dog was a greyhound used for blood transfusion since these dogs have a rare blood type. She went through many traumatic experiences, and dealing with her post-traumatic stress became Jenna’s No.1 priority just to get this dog back to normal life.
Jenna’s situation, however, is not unique. Adopting a dog is a rewarding, but also quite stressful process. According to ASPCA, 1.6 million dogs are adopted each year but it could be more if the adoption process weren’t so complicated.
So, if you’re planning to adopt a dog in the nearest future, you better start preparing now.
Let us help you with it.
- There’s Paperwork Involved
Unfortunately, you cannot just come to the shelter and adopt a dog right away. There’s a lot of preparation involved, and the adoption process usually involves paperwork.
To adopt a dog (or any other pet), future dog owners are usually required to prepare the following document in order to file the paperwork:
- picture ID and a full address to verify your identity (a driver’s license will work)
- lease or a confirmation letter from a landlord (if you’re renting your place) – this information is needed to confirm that the pets are allowed
- sometimes people are required to provide the documents confirming homeownership for the same reason described in the previous point
- documents about your current pets and their state of health
- references confirming that your house and its surroundings offer the environment that will fit your future pet
One of the core documents that you’ll have to file is the adoption application. It contains your personal information as well as the answers to some important questions. These applications can be filed online or filled out at a shelter. Some writing services also offer help in filling out adoption applications to increase the chances that you’ll get the permission to adopt.
- You’ll Be Interviewed
Some shelters and dog rescue organizations include interviews in the adoption process.
Why is it necessary?
Especially for rescue groups, interviews are important to make sure that the dog gets in the right household. Rescue groups often deal with bad pet parenting situations, so the aim of an adoption interview is to make sure that a dog doesn’t go through this painful experience again.
What questions will you be asked?
During the adoption interview, future pet owners can be asked to answer the questions regarding:
- some personal information
- details about your neighborhood, including information about the size of your home and yard, and whether the territory is fenced or not
- your knowledge of the local laws regarding owning a pet
- the state of your health, including information about allergies
- your understanding of expenses on your future pet
Try to understand the necessity of answering all the questions. Shelters and rescue groups are concerned about the well-being of the dogs, and they can ask a great variety of questions just to make sure that your personality and lifestyle will fit your new pet’s personality and lifestyle.
- Every Dog Has a Personality
Adopting a pet is like finding the right match – your personalities should complement each other.
If you’re skeptical about a dog having a personality, take a look at this.
New research posted by People that surveyed over 1,600 dogs from over 50 different breeds, has shown that a dog’s character can change under the pressure of life circumstances, just like with humans.
The research has also proved that dogs often mimic the character of their owners, and you can even read the emotions on a dog’s face. Just take a look at the photo experiment by the photographer Alexander Khokhlov.
Since you’ll be adopting a dog, you might get a pet with an opposite personality. Some dogs in shelters have gone through some difficult life circumstances which might have influenced their perception of the world and their personality.
Adoption interviews and applications usually help shelters and rescue groups determine which pet will find a new home in your household and will feel happy and safe with an owner like you.
Not Sure if You’re Ready?
As you can see, adopting a dog is a lot of responsibility. You’re not just taking a new pet home, you’re bringing a new family member into your household. So, the question is,
Do you feel ready for it?
If you find it hard to handle the pressure of this responsibility, try fostering a pet or volunteering with a shelter or a dog rescue organization.
In our organization, you can both volunteer and foster pets with guidance from professionals, who will assist you in every step. As a volunteer, for instance, you’ll be able to take part in other dog adoptions to see the process from within and be more ready to adopt your own dog in the future.
Adopting a dog is one of the most fulfilling experiences that a human could ever imagine. You’re not just bringing a pet home. You give them new hope for a better home and sometimes you can even save a dog’s life, like in Jenna’s situation.
Either way, you need to prepare your house and your household for the arrival of a new family member. But most importantly, you need to prepare yourself. Do your research, get all the paperwork ready, nail the adoption interview, and set the most pet-friendly environment to become a new owner of a happy pet, who will feel loved and appreciated.