Before Rescuing a Dog
Research! Research! Research!
How big the dog is likely to become
Exercise requirements. Can you cope with the needs of an energetic dog on a daily basis?
Potential health issues - genetic and generic
Good with other dogs - you may have a resident dog whose needs must also be considered
Can (s)he get along with other animals - you may have cats or birds
Does the breed have the propensity for prey drive – if you live in a rural area this could be potentially challenging
Adoption fee and any associated initial expenses
Food/toys/equipment such as crate if req, bed, blankets, harness, leash, winter jacket/car safety etc.
Vet bills for routine checks inc. vaccinations, worm & flea treatments
Grooming if required
Daily dog walking if appropriate
Vet care due to accident, illness, dental treatment or something else
Behavioural training cost if required
Group training work/agility classes if suitable
Whether you are adopting an adult dog from the UK or from overseas please remember:
The dog may have come from a harsh environment but this does not mean he will necessarily be grateful to you for the loving and safe home you are providing. This is not his normal environment, he may well be traumatised following hours or even days of uncomfortable and stressful travel.
He has no idea whether he is with you for a little while, will be moved on again or even back to the environment he came from.
If he snaps for food/toys/attention please remember that such high-value resources were scarce at best or non-existent at worse in his previous home
If he barks constantly/when someone new visits/ displays red zone behaviours remember he is defaulting to an established pattern of behaviour and if you feel overwhelmed you can enlist the aid of a qualified behavioural professional.
All of the above being said, if you do opt for the rescue route please know that your input as handler, dog parent, friend and nurturer is vital in helping your dog settle in. If you decide rescuing is too much of a challenge at this juncture that is ok too.
Well done for your consideration and putting the needs of the dog first!