Are you thinking about adopting a dog? Rescuing is a great way to both add to your family and save a dog from living many months or years in shelters or foster homes. This post will give you the general process for adopting a dog from a rescue so you know what to expect!
First, I will explain difference between a shelter and a rescue.
Adopting a Dog: Shelter vs Rescue
Shelters have one building to house all of the animals. They might be in cages for one or in a larger area with a group of dogs. The screening process is minimal and, many times, you can just walk out with the dog of your choice. Also, they usually don’t charge a high adoption fee.
On the other hand, rescues don’t usually have one building for their organization. Dogs are kept in foster homes with foster parents and, many times, they have their own animals, too. The screening process is more extensive, with more paperwork and usually one or two home visits. You usually need to wait 3-7 days for your application to be cleared before officially adopting a dog. Also, the fee is typically higher than a shelter.