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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Who Rescued Who? A PR Girl's Guide To Dog Adoption

When I first moved into my apartment here in Madison, it seemed like all of my neighbors had dogs!  As a self-proclaimed crazy dog lady, I was happy to see their slobbery faces in the hallways, yet I yearned for a fur kid of my very own.  After much deliberation, I finally adopted my dog Violet.  I am crazy about her and adopting her was one of the best decisions I ever made, but I’m glad I didn't make it lightly. If you’re a busy PR girl that’s considering pet parenthood, take these tips into consideration.

Rescue! According to the Human Society, 4 million dogs and cats are put down every year in shelters because there just aren't enough “furever homes”.  If you’re thinking about becoming a dog parent, do your research about the pros and cons of where you get your dog. I think you’ll agree that shelters and rescue organizations are by far the best option. Plus, giving a  previously unwanted animal a loving home is an amazing feeling!

You CAN work full-time and have a dog. When I was considering getting a dog I called up a local rescue organization and explained that I worked at least eight hours a day. The woman I talked to told me if she never adopted dogs to people who work full-time, she probably wouldn't be able to find them homes. Again, make sure you do your research and find the right dog for you. Consider how much space you have, how much exercise you can give the dog, and how often you will be home. 

Consider an older dog.  It’s true there are few things on this earth more adorable than a puppy, but there are also few things as challenging as raising one while trying to work full-time.  Adopting the right adult dog can give you all the companionship of a puppy without all of the work.  You might even be able to find a dog that is already potty trained and save your carpets in the process.

The Mutt Myth. For some reason mixed breed dogs have a bad reputation, but the truth is that mutts usually have the best traits of each breed, so be sure to consider mutts too! If you have your heart set on a particular breed of dog like I did, you can still rescue a pure-bred dog. All you need to do is find a rescue organization that specializes in your breed of choice. I got my dog Violet from the Wisconsin Westie Rescue. It’s hard to believe dogs as cute as Westies even need rescuing, but they do.

You may have noticed a theme here: research! A little bit of information can go a long way in deciding if you’re ready to have a dog and choosing the right dog. Below I've listed some of my favorite dog resources.  If you do decide to get a dog, treat him as part of your family and you’ll be rewarded with the kind of unconditional love only a pet can give! 

The Humane Society of the USA - Information about adopting pets.
Dane Country Humane Society  - A place to adopt pets in Madison.
The Other End of the Leash- One of my favorite books that just happens to be written by a Madison area veterinarian.

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