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Big Hearts & Puppy Dog Eyes: Adoption Tip #5

Hoops & Papers
Shelters and rescues are non-profits, meaning, they aren’t trying to sell animals!  Their highest priority is finding the right match so that these dogs find their forever home and never step paw back in an animal shelter again.  To ensure these pooches pair with the perfect puppy parents, some paperwork is required.  A volunteer will want to speak with you about your lifestyle and living situation to make sure that adopting a dog is the right choice.  Sometimes rescues will request a home visit to guarantee that the potential adopter has a safe, happy and comfortable, environment for a furry, forever friend.  

Puppy Dog Eyes
Some shelters require a “cooling off period.”  It’s easy to make impulsive decisions when those big beautiful puppy dog eyes are staring up at you, but when the dust settles, you still have a responsibility to take care of your pet for the rest of his or her natural life.  Maybe a few days to think about that will help you gain the necessary perspective.