“My fashion philosophy is, if you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.”
– Elayne Boosler
So you’re thinking about adopting a pup – that’s great! Every house is incomplete without a furry friend and it’s much better to adopt a rescue pup instead of buying from a pet shop. But before you pick your new best friend, here are a few things you should know.
1. Do Your Research
It’s easy to get lost in those adorable puppy eyes and impulsively bring a pup home, especially since pet adoption in India is free of cost. But zero cost does not mean zero responsibility. Caring for a pup is hard. They need lots of attention, they pee everywhere, and they have infinite energy. It takes time for them to match your rhythm and fall into a routine.
Adoption is a long-term commitment, so do your research. Speak to other pet parents, join forums, or contact adoption agencies to understand how the process works. We’re always happy to help you and answer all your questions!
Pro tip – Not sure if you can handle a long-term commitment? Foster! Caring for a pup for 3-4 weeks might give you a better idea about puppy care and help you decide whether it’s something you and your family are ready for.
Here’s a basic checklist with things you should have ready before you bring a pup home.
2. Adoption is Not on a First-Come-First-Served Basis
Just because you called/filled up the application first does not mean you’ll get the pup. Here’s a quick breakdown of a standard adoption process:
- Puppy’s adoption post shared on social media
- Interested families fill up an application form
- The adoption coordinator reviews applications and shortlists a few people
- The adoption coordinator conducts a small interview with shortlisted families
- Adopting family is chosen. Responsible adopter signs the adoption form
- The puppy is handed over to the family!
Adoption is free. Organizations in India do not charge an adoption fee. The finer details may vary between organizations, but this is basically how it works.
3. Indies Are Awesome!
No seriously. If you look past the “stray” tag, you’ll see a pure, kind soul ready to shower you with unconditional love and affection. There’s a common misconception that rescue dogs are “dirty” and “aggressive”. Trust me, the only thing aggressive about them is the way they “attack” their kibble!
Benefits of adopting a rescue dog:
- Built to thrive in our Indian climate
- Fall sick less often
- Can eat fresh, home-cooked meals (which is cheaper and healthier than processed pet food)
- Easy to train
- Great with children
- Excellent guard dogs
Pro tip – Have kids at home? Inform the organization you’re speaking to. Based on your child’s age, they can show you pups who can match their energy levels.
4. Patience, Patience!
Welcoming a new family member is a big change, right? Now imagine how a pup must feel. Completely new environment, mom and siblings are not around, and so many new faces giving them attention! It can be scary and disorienting for them. Give your pup some time to adjust to your lifestyle. Regardless of breed, expect some crying and small messes (💩) for the first few days.
Pro tip – Wrap a hot water bag in a cloth and let your pup sleep with it! The warmth reminds them of being huddled up with their siblings and sleeping with mom. It should calm them down.
5. It’s the Most Rewarding Experience Ever ❤
Saving a life – there’s nothing like it. When you adopt, it allows us to make room for the next stray pup, so you’re actually saving two lives! Savor every minute with your pooch. I guarantee you it’s an experience unlike any other.
Now that you have everything you need to know, what are you waiting for? Adopt and save a life today!
(Founder, Dogs of Madras)