Post # 1
We are adopting a puppy in about 4 weeks (after we move). Is it too early to start looking at humane societies/rescue groups?
I check their websites all the time and see puppies that are still there (I’m crazy about animals and I’m so excited we are finally able to adopt!)
Do you think they’d allow us to place a hold on a dog?
I’m going crazy waiting 🙁 lol
Post # 3
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
- 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
@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
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
@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 # 8
Haha you guys are right. I am too impatient.
We are not getting a young puppy. We are looking for 6mo or older.
Post # 9
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
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.