Find a rescue
Your local rescue centres are usually going to be the best bet as many animal rescues prefer for the animals to be re-homed nearby. Depending on what kind of dog you want, you may prefer to look for a breed-specific rescue such as Rottweiler Welfare or Welsh Corgi Rescue. You may also prefer to adopt a dog that has been fostered rather than been in kennels. Keep all these things in mind when looking for the rescue centre you'd like to adopt a dog from.
Choose a dog
We know this is the most exciting part of the process, but be sure not to rush into it. It is so important to choose a dog that will fit in with your lifestyle, both now and in the future. Before you go looking for a dog, consider writing a list of the things you would like from your canine companion. Would you prefer a relaxed pooch or are you looking for a jogging buddy? Do you have a tiny apartment or a large home and garden? These things are all important to consider and will help you to meet the perfect companion for you.
Make an application
Most rescue centres will require you to fill out an application. This will ask you questions such as your activity level, your work hours, whether you rent or own your home, if you have a garden and if you have any children or other pets. The reason they ask these questions is to ensure that the dog you pick will be the right fit for you. It is important to be honest on your application, otherwise you may not be able to adopt a dog at all!
Once your application has been approved, the next step may be a home inspection. A volunteer will come out to your home and ensure that it is safe and comfortable for a dog. They will also require that all members of your family and any dogs living at your home are there for the visit.
Once the rescue organisation is satisfied and you have found your paw-fect companion, you will likely have to pay an adoption fee. This is to cover the running costs of the rescue centre, as well as any vaccinations, microchipping and neutering or spaying your new dog. This fee also proves that you are making a serious commitment to your new friend. Once all this is done, you are free to walk out the door and introduce your pup to their new life!
Learn more about adopting a pet in our interview with TAG Pet Rescue volunteer, Lin, here. And to see how fantastic life with your new rescue pup could be in our interview with rescue dog, Brooklyn, here.