So You Want To Adopt?


Am I Ready to ADOPT?

This is an exciting time for all. The loyalty and love you'll get from a dog is beyond unconditional and what they need in return is the same.

Like ALL dogs, rescue dogs require veterinary care, food, shelter, boundaries/training, and LOVE! They're all different when it comes to being cat, dog or kid friendly, and some have different energy levels but all need engagement (e.g., walks, fetch, playing hide and seek).

There are millions of unwanted dogs, and rescue dogs make amazing lifetime family members, companions, and friends. We believe it is the responsible choice. Thank you for choosing a #RESCUEDOG

Things To Consider When Adopting

The fact that you're thinking about adopting from an animal shelter means you're a responsible and caring person. We see alot of happy dogs in happy homes and we also hear why dogs are surrendered or reasons they don't work in the home.  Here are some considerations  when adopting:
  • Did you decide you wanted a pet then fall in love? We will be the first to admit how easy it is to see a dog or smell puppy breath and be in love. Are your children begging for a puppy, because you know who will take care of it. Picture where you will be in 5 or 10 years. Does it have your best friend beside you?
  • Do you have time for a pet? Time is our most precious resource these days. We're preoccupied with screens and with work, kids, sports, hobbies, have you figured out tricks to getting a new best friend and meeting their needs? Dogs sleep several hours per day but also require attention, engagement & love. Many people surrender dogs because simply "don't have time" for their dog anymore.
  • Can you afford a pet? The costs of pet ownership can be quite high. Food, training, preventative healthcare and routine veterinary care, are very important but can add up.
  • Are you prepared to deal with special problems that a dog can cause? Scratched-up furniture, accidents from dogs that are aren't yet house trained, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of pet ownership.
  • Can you have a dog where you live? Many rental communities don't allow pets, or have weight or breed restrictions, or ask for additional rent for the dog. Is there an area for your dog to use for exercise? Have you chosen a dog that is people friendly?
  • Will your current dogs welcome a new puppy or dog? Do you think your kids will respect a dog? People often get another dog as a companion for their current dog. This can be a great idea if you consider your current dog and select a dog accordingly. Some younger kids might not respect boundaries needed for a dog or the dog might accidently knock the child down.
  • Have you considered your lifestyle? Do you and your family like to take walks or exercise or are most hours spent hanging out on the couch?  Choosing a dog that is compatible with your energy and activities is crucial.  Some border collies can be smaller in size but they need to have a job and to be exercised.  Some of the larger breeds absolutely enjoy a brisk walk but would welcome a couch day anytime! The rescue is a great resource to help match a dog with you to make sure this is the final stop for the rescue dog!


Get A Diamond Dog For Life!

If you're ready to adopt a companion for life, we're grateful you chose Diamonds in the Ruff Rescue MO, but also very excited! See the DOG tab to see the list of available dogs, and if someone looks like you might be compatible, complete the Adoption Application and find your new BEST FRIEND!

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