(Closed) To adopt, or not to adopt??

posted 9 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2413 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If Fh and I liked that breed, we would probably adopt, but we are VERY picky about dogs.. Make sure if you do decide to get him that your FH is ok with the breed… But that being said (again) if we were into that breed, and in that situation, he would be ours 🙂

Post # 4
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My Fiance and I are cat people. We have two cats and don’t plan on getting a dog. But if I had found the dog, knowing me, I would probably get overly attached to it and would bring it home 🙂

Post # 7
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’d report that shelter if it’s not being run properly.

That being said, if you’re torn I’d say go for it. Wink  Dogs are awesome!  

Post # 8
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’d pull the dog and foster until a good home is found. Sounds like if they called you and the shelter is “ick” it’s in danger of being put down. So “adopt” with the intent of not keeping… to save him/her and find a good home… and if it works out that having him/her around is good?  Keep:)


BUT please don’t place on craigslist or give for free… interview whoever you allow to adopt if you don’t keep!

Post # 9
1221 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@awolfpaw:  Will the shelter allow you to foster the dog? You could use that as a trial run, and if the dog isn’t for you, then at least you are giving it a better home until an adopter can be found. My local Humane Society allows volunteers to foster (though you have to sign up as a volunteer and attend their foster parent orientation first)…

When we were looking for a dog, we were pretty picky about the size/breed/age etc. It’s a big committment… a little dog can live 15-20 years if you are lucky. We ended up falling in love with a little papillon/chihuahua/JRT??? mix; however, despite playing with her @ Petsmart for 3 hours, we couldn’t get a good read on her personality. We asked the rescue if we could foster her first… after having her home for about 2 hours she showed her true colors as a totally affectionate lovebug… I called the rescue the next morning and said we were keeping her. BEST DECISION EVER… she has brought so much happiness to our lives, I honestly don’t know what we’d do without her. We ADORE her!!!

Don’t get the dog simply because you feel bad… but if you think he might be a good fit for your family and you want a dog, I’d go for it. Good luck!

Post # 11
533 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn

I agree with CindyReilly… Even if the shelter don’t have an official foster program, you could adopt him and find a good home for him if he doesn’t get along with the cat.

Post # 12
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am NOT a dog person but if I was in your situation, I would seriously considering taking him and then working on adopting him our yourself.  You may find him a home or maybe decide to keep him, but either way, he’s better off than in the shelter, especially if it’s a high-kill one.

Post # 13
6386 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would definitely adopt, but then again I have a small dog that I adopted from a high kill shelter (and he is the best dog ever!).  To call a shelter “euthanazia friendly” is really unfair.  They probably lack the funding and space to house the number of animals that come their way, it really comes down to irresponsible pet owners.  Like the saying goes, “Saving one dog won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that one dog.”

Post # 14
42 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

If you think you and your fiance you handle it, and that your cat and the dog would get along…why not? Life throws curveballs, definitely, but sometimes they are good ones, like this could be. I adopted a dog in January this year and I really thought the cost to maintain him would be higher…but it’s not. And he’s a 60lber, so he eats more food than a chiuahaha would. The inital vet bills were a couple hundred, but after that it’s just food, poop bags & toys (both of which can be found at a dollar store!!), the occasional treat.

If you get a chill dog that fits with your lifestyle, you’ll find it’s not much different than having a cat (especially if you could train him to use those wee-wee pads indoors for the days when it’d be longer hours than normal). I’ve had both…dogs/cats like to sleep, sometimes play, love their food, like cuddles and belly rubs. I think as long as you know the personality this little guy has would be a good fit for your family then you can’t go wrong. Good luck with whatever you guys decide!

Post # 16
4996 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Small dogs get adopted pretty quickly, so I wouldn’t worry about him. You should get a dog when you’re 100% sure you’re ready, and when you’re able to break up your day more so they won’t be left alone so long. 

Edit: I just read your update and what a mess! I can’t believe they’re that disorganized but they’re just probably trying to do the best they can with way too many dogs and not enough money. It sounds like you made a good decision to get him out of there.

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