Adopting a Dog from a Shelter: Puppy Rescue Myths and Facts

Hi, I’m Caitlin Lewis, community
outreach manager for the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. Adopting a new dog or puppy is an
exciting and sometimes scary endeavor. But we’re going to take some of the
scary out of the equation by walking through some of the biggest
barriers to adoption. Then we’ll get you and your family to
find just the right dog for your home. Shelter pets can seem like a gamble, but
they’re actually great way to add a new member to your family. The problem is that there’s
a lot of misinformation circulating around pet adoption. A common assumption is that all pets
that are brought into a shelter must have something wrong with them. This is simply not true. In fact, the main reasons pets are given
up include, owners are moving to housing that don’t allow pets. Owner having personal problems. Too many or no room for litter mates. Owner can no longer afford the pet. Owner no longer has time for the pet. Many of these reasons have nothing
to do with the pets themselves. Working with a shelter staff and
volunteers can be a great way to figure out the best match
for you and your home. If you’ve already decided adoption is
the right route for you, let’s talk about what to expect when you
arrive at the shelter. To help ensure that their pets are
matched with responsible, appropriate owners, shelters often have a
screening process in place. You may be ask to attend an interview,
fill out an application, and/or sign a contract. They may also require a home visit,
references from your vet, and possibly other requirements. The screening process benefits both
the pet and the potential adopter. It helps increase the likelihood that
you’ll go home with a pet that’s right for your family, one that
fits your lifestyle. At the shelter, you will have the
opportunity to walk through the dog kennel area to see if you are interested
in meeting any of the dogs. If one of the dogs catches your
attention, a staff member or volunteer will bring the dog in to you in a
separate visitors room so that you can have some private time with him. Here you can have your family meet and
interact with the dog to see if he is a good fit for your family. Shelters also highly encourage you to
bring any other family pets, if appropriate, so you can ensure that
they get along well with your new potential pet. In addition to selecting and bringing
home your new dog, you are going to need a number of new items in order
to feed and care for your new pet. It may be a good idea to wait until
you select your new pet before you begin shopping for supplies. For example, some items, such as food
and water bowls, or collars and harnesses, depend upon the size of
the pet you will be adopting. Also, be sure to find out which food
your pet was eating in the shelter or foster home so that you can provide the
same in the beginning to ease the transition. After the pet has settled in, talk with
your veterinarian about switching to a high nutrition dog food that’s
right for his age and size. Well, I hope we’ve been able to convince
you that a shelter dog can make a wonderful companion for you and
a welcome addition to your home. By taking the time to do your research,
and with a little patience, you’ll find just the
right dog for you. Now, let’s recap. Shelters are a great option if you’re
considering adopting a dog. Work with your local shelter to find
a dog that’s a good fit for you. And lastly, make sure to find out what
shelter’s adoption process entails as this can vary from shelter to shelter. On behalf of Iams, I’m Caitlin
Lewis for Howdini. For more information and offers,
check out the website. If you liked this video, please
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100 thoughts on “Adopting a Dog from a Shelter: Puppy Rescue Myths and Facts

  • Thank you so much for sharing that story! I am so glad that that for that last for years the two of you have had each other! It totally break my heart to hear of places/stories like that. Personally We have a Chihuahua whom we adore. We recently adopted a 10yr old puppy mill Chinese Crested who NEVER was out of the cage EVER in 10 YEARS! She had never been on a sofa or a bed and the TV TERRIFIED her as did the alarm clock etc. it was so sad. We have had her for over a year and she is now happy.

  • Where I live, all the shelters have mostly big dogs, that are rescued strays. Small dogs get grabbed almost as soon as they are put up for adoption, but big dogs tent to stay for years. We had one dog that live in the shelter for four years before someone in need of a guard for their house took him)

  • Adopting Eddy was one of the best things I´ve ever done. Now I´m about to adopt, or trying to adopt a dog from Chile.

  • Totally with you on that! We ate at a local fast food restaurant recently…as we were leaving and small "Toto" looking dog came up and started licking my ankle and when I bent down he was wagging his tail and kissing my hand. There was tons of construction in the area and I could not leave him. So I brought him home and gave him a bath. It was around midnight and thought that he had to belong to someone but he had no collar…So I took him to the 24hr ER and checked to see if he was cont…

  • micro-chipped…he was and they contacted his owner and they came and got him. However, I was prepared to have another mouth to feed and another vet bill. 🙂

  • Awww, that is sad. They need a forever home too! Often they are easier to house train and not as yappy. Not everyone wants a small yappy dog.

  • Howdiniguru I'm getting my dog(s) in a month and my bestfriend is getting hers in two days! She says she REALLY wants a mini-poodle and she's done the reasearch but in a nearby mall there is a petstore with a white mini-poodle she wants to get but she doesn't want to wait for a mini-poodle to come to the nearby shelter even though she knows that they may be puppymill pups she doesn't know what a puppymill is! I don't know much either..please help us!!!

  • That sounds like a collie we bought from a mill when I was a kid. They kept her in a dark, cold garage for 6 years, she barely got any food or water and she had never been outside. She wasn't even for sale, but we offered them a high price to get her out from there. She was afraid of everything and at first she didn't even know how to run! It was horrible, but she sure was a little miss sunshine. Once she got over her fears she was the most positive dog I've ever met 🙂

  • I have a dog but it was given by my neighbor and in our area there was no shelter we traveled all around our country but still nothing.:/
    Then my dad had an idea tht he heard that our neighbor's dog gave birth to 2 pups so we took 1 thats a girl,PEANUT

    This is my very short Story
    Thank you very much 🙂

  • I think Landlords need to get with the programme, there is a MASSIVE market of pet owners needing rented accommodation. With the right flooring, furniture, flea treatment and insurance the pet owner can be a very good tenant in fact better then most.

  • My last three dogs have been from rescue shelters. My current Cairn x is sitting on the desk next to me (his favourite position) and is looking out the window watching the road outside. Rescues are awesome dogs and the centres are better then going along to a pet shop or breeder because you know the dogs have been tested for all the common things etc., they are microchipped and neutered here too.

  • All of our furries are adopted, Karma is a black brindle from the Nashville Humane Society, she is an elder dog and we are giving her a home for her golden years. Phoenix who is the dog in my profile picture is a kill shelter rescue. She had been hit running at large and has a spinal injury which made her a difficult placement. And Casey is a former fighting dog turned companion animal. All of our dogs live in harmony with each other, cats, horse, bunnies, chickens, ducks and foster dogs.

  • I have a rescue Great Dane, he's been with me for 6 years since he was 22 months old, I'm his 4th owner, and he's fantastic. big dogs are a lot of fun, and generally the bigger they are the more laid back they are. As long as they have a nice big couch to stretch out on, and plenty of love and attenion and somewhere good and interesting to go walks, then big dogs are no bother at all. I will always have rescue dogs as there's so many needing a 2nd chance of a loving home.

  • I'll get a dog tomorrow and I think I'll be ready because watched most of your dog videos and really enpired me to be responsible to take care of a dog. Thz for posting the vids!

  • I'll be moving soon, and my mum has said i can get a new dog.
    I already have a small dog (my sisters shes 20) . I want a really big dog that can sleep next to me and i can hug. I take good care of my sisters dog when shes not around.
    But I'm afraid if i get a big dog thats already aged, that he will not like me or feel as if.I'm his family or owner. is that a possibility? And what is the largest dog breed?

  • Hi im thinking of getting a dog for my birthday what would i start with when i get him and as time progresses what do i do and kind of food is best for them

  • Hi Guys, great video on a topic close to our hearts. we have recently released a single written animal welfare on our youtube channel. All proceeds from this will be donated to the protection of animal welfare. Thanks.

    i hope you can help out by sharing. thanks 🙂

  • I sooooo want a dog (actually a staffie) but we have a cat and mum and dad don't want one P.S our cat was adopted from Wood Green (England)

  • Yeah. I got mine a year ago. What I did was bring a toy and see if the dog liked it. When he stopped barking at me I gave it to him. He was really nice and started licking me. So, i kept it. It likes me now and his toy is still there, ripped up… lol.

  • Just got the confirmation today, me and my fiance will be getting our puppy october 5th from the local shelter! I know it very sad when these dogs get treated like novelty items and abandoned at the first sign of misbehaviour or inconvenience. I see every dog I ever had as a family member. You don't drop your kid off to the shelter because he broke a few glasses or was hard to potty train. You work with this family member and work on teaching it proper behaviour. Visit Your Local Shelter First!!

  • the dog i grew up with passed away last june and i've been trying to adopt a dog for about a month now but just can't seem to find the right match. i never thought it would be so difficult because of how desperate the shelters seem for people to adopt.

    rescue dogs are great. i think one of the reasons is because they realize they are now in a safe home with loving, caring owners and they remember where they came from.

  • I support animal adoption all the way! The thing is, some adoption agencies are extremely strict for the homes they pick. Nothing is wrong with that but they deny very good homes for ridiculous reasons. My sister applied for a dog her husband fell in love with and they got denied. My sister never had a dog under her name – that was the reason they said. So her husband, who owned a dog w/ proof got denied. His mom is a Veterinarian, which was the only reason they got accepted.

  • Sadly, other people just give up or don't want to go through the trouble of falling in love and then being rejected. So, they just buy instead of adopt. This was almost the case for my sister, since they were originally going to buy from a breeder but we persuaded them to look at the shelter. Glad they fought the animal shelter for their new furry member 😛

  • When my family decided to get a dog we purposely chose to adopt from a kill shelter. There are so many sweet animals looking for their forever homes that will never get a chance before they are euthanized, simply for a lack of space at the shelter. It's very sad. When you adopt from a kill shelter you not only save that animal's life but the life of another that you just made room for. Shelter animals are very grateful when adopted. They know that you have taken them out from behind the cage and have given them a warm, safe place to live and they return that with an abundance of love and loyalty. I can't imagine a more perfect dog than my Daisy. If I ever get another dog I will only adopt from a shelter.

  • I adopted my dog from a shelter almost 6 years ago and at the time he was 6 months old and I never regretted it one bit. He is the best dog I have ever owned, he's very friendly to people, very playful and I just love him to death. I would adopt again and again from shelters I just wish more people would adopt rather than going through these crooked breeders.

  • Great points about dogs ending up at the shelter through no fault of their own. We have some wonderful dogs at our shelter!

  • We'll I have to put down one of my dogs who's 14 so I'll have 2 dogs then so I'm think of adopting a new one when my financial situation is better!

  • "There is one difference between a dog from a shelter, and the race for 2000 PLN.: If you adopt from a shelter – save his life."

  • Never go to a kill shelter. Try to find a no kill shelter. If you can't you can still go to a kill shelter. This is my opinion as I hate kill shelters. They kill dogs for no reason.

  • I adopted a 13 month old Corgi from a shelter and named him Leo. I love him and he fits in great with my family. I recommend adopting from a shelter, just know what you're getting into before you choose a dog

  • I just agree with this video, i have adopted my 3 dogs, the first was 6 months old but very scary about everything because he lived in a cage in a cellar, but now he is 9 years old and wonderfull, my second was more than 11 years old, very sick so i knew he would not stay for long time, he died 4 months after but i don't regret to have give him a home with love for his lasts moments, i love you my Peanuts… and my third child, she was so terrified and a lot agressive in her shelter than they wanted to end her life, fortunattely, a french association had take her out and i have adopted her till 6 years…. she is still affraid with foreign persons but never agressive, and with my family and me, and with my friends, she is normal, sometimes too much protect with my children but i can make her in her place… she is really lovely… so please, go to visit to a sheltter, you will probably find a wonderfull dog or fat friend

  • I Agree with the video i adopted a dog a dog a year ago,it is the best decision i have ever made, she was 4 been through 2 homes homless and 2 shelters what else can happen to a dog, they just want love and attention. i am proud to say 1 year later she is doing great and is thriving in her new home. She does still have issues scared of strangers etc but she has help getting through those situations. Please adopt don't shop.

  • i rescued my dog from the streets. I had another one from my grandma's house but she got taken. Her name was Dakota. Now I have a dog named Penelope,she was 1 month old and on the streets,so we found her and she's here now and 1 years old,sleeping right next to me. Next week,i'm adopting a dog from the shelter though and I can't wait!

  • My favorite dog breeds are 1-German Shepherd 2-Golden Retriever 3-border collie. 4-Bernese Mountain dog. My mom won't let me get a dog 😡😞😓. I'm so sad💦😞

  • My parents won't let me get one. We have one but I want one for my own. I take care of her but she is not loyal to me… I tried everything to get her to be loyal to me but it hasn't worked. She is from a breeder but I want one from a shelter… I want one so bad 🙁

  • Thanks for this video because I am deciding to adopt or purchase a dog. I am selective in what dog breed(s) I like and want, and I continue to research. I have looked in shelters also but honestly I am nervous of adopting because of possibly learned behaviors of the previous owner or where the dog lived if not taken care of. Plus this will be my first dog as an adult. So I will look into shelters again but I am not ruling out rescues or certified breeders with the dog breeds I like. Thanks for the information.

  • I want to adopt a puppy of a small breed from a shelter and I was wondering if when you go to adopt the puppy does it really cost $400?

  • I just applied for a puppy at my local rescue, I'm so nervous!! I really hope we get approved🙏🏽🙏🏽

  • Puppy's are better but expensive bcuz they're young and they may understand u better u can buy 2 adult dogs and make them breed😛

  • Late one night I saw a dog on She was exactly the type of dog I had in mind. I applied and her foster Mom was nice enough to bring her to my home to visit. During our meeting I found her temperament and activity level matched my lifestyle. Three months later she's here at my feet. Consider adoption. The only thing wrong with my dog is she was once owned by an asshole.

  • u say if we have animals in the house they must be bring to see if they get along. what if the other pets not mine cuz my girl brother has a pet but it's not train it barks at other dogs so it makes me nervous yet I heard they get use to each other or we can teach them to get along

  • Shelters are WAY too picky.
    I was turned down from a pup I LOVED at a shelter just because he snapped at another dog ONCE.
    Horribal. Buy from a agood breeder.

  • im sorry but now its very hard to adopt a pet from a shelter a home visit is really pushing the line,Youre hurting the chances of animals of being adopted nobody wants to be bossed around trying to do the right thing,Its like the shelter holding animals hostage,It makes people want to buy instead of jumping though hoops

  • Side note to viewers: Please neuter /spay your dogs. So many strays desperately need a home. If you want another dog, go to your local shelter and save a life by adopting!!!!!!!!

  • In the 12-year period of 2005 to 2016, two dog breeds accounted for 76% of the attacks that resulted in death: pit bulls and rottweilers.

  • I'm considering adopting a dog in the near future and been doing some research on what to look for when adopting an dog, vet checkups, the place in question is legit in its ethics and makes sure the dogs are well taken care of etc

  • But isn’t taking a dog that already had another owner bad for the dog the dog won’t see you as an owner and won’t love you

  • I didnt even adopt a pet but i got hurt when she read why the pets are getting left in there , smh what a period can do

  • This video would of been more value if the writer had been a tad more honest. Having volunteered at a shelter, I know that people surrender pets who are getting old and are no longer as fun to be around as when they were young. There are also people who didn’t know how to train their dog, and don’t want to deal with the behavioral issues. A few dogs that were surrendered had acute health problems that weren’t going to be addressed through antibiotics or a change in diet. Not all shelter dogs are that easy for an inexperienced owner, and it is impossible to match all of the hard to handle dogs to someone with time, money and space for yet another dog.

    The video does a disservice by pretending that all dogs are eminently adoptable.

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