Dog Adoption

Dogs and Puppies for Adoption and is it Right for Me?

Adopt a Dog Today – Search 80,000+ Dogs and Puppies for Adoption

Thinking about adopting a dog? Not only is dog adoption an awesome way to help disadvantaged dogs and puppies find new homes, it’s easier to adopt a dog now than it has ever been. With AllPaws’ pet finder you can search hundreds of thousands of dog and puppy profiles from across the nation, narrowing your search down as you go.

What Kind of Dogs Are Available to Adopt?

Most people think that the only place they can get a purebred dog is from a breeder. Not true! Did you know that dog rescues and shelters have purebreds, too? It’s true. In addition to mutts and mixes, 25% of all adoptable dogs in rescues and shelters are purebred. In fact, you can even find breed-specific dog shelters and animal rescues. From puppy to senior and mix to purebred, adoptable dogs of all ages and breeds can be found, it just takes a quick online search. If you’re considering dog adoption, check out adoptable dogs or find a dog rescue by visiting where you can narrow down your search even more by gender, size, compatibility, temperament, and more.

Do Rescue Dogs and Shelter Dogs Make Good Pets?

Did you know that many people think rescue dogs and shelter dogs are there because they are unfit to be in a home? This could not be further from the truth! Rescue dogs and shelter dogs are sweet, loving, and stuck in a shelter by no fault of their own. Most of the time, dogs are given to animal rescues or shelters because the family can no longer afford the expenses of caring for a dog, had an unexpected change in their living situation, a death in the family, or were just not ready to care for a dog full-time.

Other times, dogs wander away from home and become lost, getting picked up by animal control and put into a shelter. For many shelter dogs, their situation is a resulting case of “wrong place, wrong time” as 30% of shelter dogs end up being reclaimed by their owners. And while 20% of owned dogs were adopted and used to be shelter dogs, there are still anywhere between 3 million and 4 million shelter dogs euthanized each year.

Shelter dogs make great pets, but like any animal, will require some training or retraining to learn how to best fit into its new home and family. One advantage to adopting a rescue dog or shelter dog is that the shelter will have already evaluated the dog’s temperament and behavior, so the shelter staff will be able to let you know what training needs will be required.

Together with your help, we can help more dogs get adopted! Even if you’re not ready to adopt a dog, you can help by sharing pet profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

At AllPaws, we have over 100,000 dogs and puppies for adoption for you to browse and choose from. Help us help more dogs get adopted!

Things to Consider Before Adopting a Dog

When considering dog adoption, it’s important to take stock of a few things first to determine whether or not dog adoption is the right choice. First things first, assess your time! If you’re considering dog adoption, you’ll need to seriously think about your schedule first to determine whether or not it’s even possible—adopting a dog is a serious commitment! The breed, age, and energy level of your dog will determine how much time you are going to need to commit to caring for your adopted dog.

Next, you need to make sure the other members of your family will mesh well with a new dog. Do you have small children? Are the other family members allergic to dust, dander or pet fur? Who will be the new dog’s primary caretaker? How will vacations be handled? Try and think about every possible situation that could arise and how you would handle it with a dog.

Bringing Your Adopted Dog Home for the First Time

You’ve done your due diligence, researched local dog shelters and rescues, and conducted several meet-and-greets with prospective pups. Now it’s finally time to bring home your newly adopted dog!

Bringing an adopted dog home for the first time is exciting but also nerve-racking! When you rescue a dog or rescue a puppy, it’s important to make the transition as easy as possible. Remember, your adopted puppy or dog has been through a lot, having a comfortable, well-prepared space for them will go a long way. The first few days are critical to your dog’s adjustment. Here are a few things to make sure you’ve taken care of first:

  • Purchase food and water bowls.
  • Make sure you have a collar and a leash.
  • Buy an ID tag and food.
  • Make sure you have a comfortable dog bed AND lots of toys!

Remember, it will take some time for your adopted dog to feel comfortable at their new home, so take time introducing them to each room and each family member. The adjustment period for an adopted dog can last anywhere from one week to one month, sometimes longer. It’s important to exercise patience and kindness when interacting with a newly adopted dog that’s still settling in. Remember, dogs and puppies can sense your emotions so try not to stress when you’re around them.

Alternatives to Dog Adoption

Dog adoption is a big step! Just because you may not be ready to adopt a dog doesn’t mean you can’t help one. Check out the AllPaws search for becoming a foster pet parent, or just share pet profiles to your social media accounts to spread the word about dog adoption. There’s always a way to help dogs and puppies up for adoption. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a foster pet parent, or seeing what you can do to help get dogs adopted, contact the AllPaws team today.