(Closed) Too early to look for a puppy?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
4056 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The ones around here don’t allow holds on dogs. Especially not for a month. I wouldn’t start looking until a week or so before you can actually take the dog home. 

Post # 4
971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

@lauraashley09:  If you pick out a puppy now and then don’t take him home for a month he won’t be much of a puppy anymore! I got my dog at two months and he was quite large already. Next time I get a puppy I want him to be as young as possible to get the most out of those puppy days. 

Post # 5
5162 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@lauraashley09:  I wouldnt start quite yet… I applied for my dog on a thursday night and picked him up on Saturday! The email said that if I wanted him I absolutely had to take him home with me on Saturday

Post # 6
708 posts
Busy bee

It’s unlikely that a shelter will hold a dog for 4 weeks. If it’s in a foster home, that may be a different story. I would stick to keeping an eye on the websites rather than visiting in person if you’re not yet ready to fall in love and bring a dog home.

Post # 7
5790 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@lauraashley09:  Have you tried petfinder.com? Those are all rescue dogs and a lot of them are being fostered so you may have more flexibility. Otherwise I agree with PP — probably you shouldn’t look more than 5 days ahead of time. GOOD LUCK and yay for adopting!!

Post # 9
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If you want to adopt from a rescue and not a shelter, I’d start looking now. An application needs to be put in and approved before the process can be started. Since many rescues are volunteer only it can take some time for the application to be looked over/home check to be scheduled. Good luck!



Post # 10
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2022

I agree that it’s fine to start looking now.. for a lot of places, the adoption process and paperwork takes longer than you would think. When we were looking into a local rescue earlier this year, it would’ve taken us about 6 weeks to jump through all of their hoops.. and even then, we would’ve only been considered “foster” parents for 6 more months until they had a 6 month check up and approved us. 


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