What you need to know about animal welfare dogs
If you want to bring a puppy into the family, some decisions have to be made. This raises not only the question of which dog breed fits best to their own life situation, but also where the puppy should come from. Not everyone wants a purebred dog. Some people deliberately choose a hybrid or are looking specifically for a so-called hybrid dog. Maybe a puppy from the shelter will be considered?
Many people are surprised when they hear that there should be puppies in the shelter. The fact is: Puppies and kittens have experience in the shelter the best placement opportunities. But how come dog and cat children at the shelter and what should be considered if you want to adopt a puppy from the shelter?
Why do puppies end up in the shelter?
Puppies are given for a variety of reasons. Often overwork is the cause, especially if the dog was bought rash. This is especially true for young dogs that are not as cute and small as the puppies originally bought.
It is generally not recommended to buy animals without detailed research and consideration. Therefore, puppies as Christmas or surprise gifts are also completely unsuitable.
Confiscation from animal welfare or animal-hoarding cases are also reasons that can bring a puppy to the shelter. Sometimes the little ones are even born there, because even pregnant bitches are exposed.
Puppies should grow up with everyday noises – in the shelter this is difficult
Not all animals get along well with a life in the shelter. For many four-legged friends, the accommodation in a small space, in addition to many other conspecifics, enormous stress. Puppies endure the situation a bit better, but do not benefit from it. Because especially puppies and young dogs are in a phase of life in which they should get to know as much as possible.
Particularly important are the habituation to everyday noises (for example television, occasional music, washing machine), to driving a car and after the first weeks of life of course also to the later life in the city. A comprehensive care, as it would be necessary, is usually not possible in the shelter. Puppies from the shelter should therefore be mediated as soon as possible. A serious breeder can take a lot of time to broker his puppies without affecting their development.
What speaks for a puppy from the shelter?
Of course, choosing an animal welfare puppy will help an animal in distress and give you a loving home. Behavioral problems usually need not be feared among dog children. Exceptions are puppies who have been severely traumatized or even mistreated. However, you will be reminded of such a history in the shelter because it requires a particularly sensitive approach and tact in dog training.
Animal shelters usually attach great importance to the first weeks of life of the puppy and strive energetically to teach the little one as much as possible. Nevertheless, it may happen that a puppy raised at the shelter did not get to know too much. In this case, patience is needed to bring the little one slowly to life outside of the animal shelter. Luckily, because puppies are very adaptive and curious, they quickly understand that they have nothing to fear from their environment. Do not be afraid to ask the animal husbandry staff what the puppies already know and what needs to be done / taught in the new home.
Although the price should play a subordinate role in the puppy purchase – after all, there must also be financial cushions to pay for an expensive veterinary visit in an emergency – shelter dogs are much cheaper than pedigree dogs.
Although you usually only have to pay a nominal fee of about 150 to 350 euros, the puppies are vaccinated, dewormed, have an EU pet passport and were regularly examined by veterinarians. So you can be sure to get a healthy dog. If there are abnormalities or pre-existing conditions, the shelter will tell you.
And what speaks for a puppy from the breeder?
If the puppy is from a reputable breeder, you know where it comes from and how it grew up. In pet dogs this can not always be understood. Even years after placement, the breeder remains an important contact for many dog owners – of course, animal husbandry staff can not afford that. In good breeding, the parents are also examined for hereditary diseases.
When they move out, the puppies also receive a pedigree and often a small starter pack with their usual dog food, a blanket or a toy. With a puppy from the animal shelter you must give up papers usually. Therefore, you should not normally breed with dogs from the shelter and the uncertainty regarding hereditary diseases remains. If you are looking for a bitch or a dog for breeding, the shelter is not the right address.
Attention: With dubious breeders or so-called “multipliers” you must fear that neither the parent animals nor the puppies examined and the animals are not vaccinated. In addition, often over-hyped and harmful race characteristics in the foreground of the breed (for example, short noses in French Bulldogs or the strongly sloping back in shepherds). Such breeders should not support you in the interest of the animals by buying a puppy.
From a good and responsible breeder you will get a healthy and well socialized puppy who has already learned the most important things. But even a puppy from the shelter can become a great and uncomplicated family dog. If you are looking for a puppy, do not hesitate to look for the right four-legged friend at well-known animal welfare organizations and animal shelters. Maybe the right animal partner is waiting for you there.
1. Animal shelters take mediation very seriously and do not convey it to everyone
Animal keepers strive to make every animal into a permanent home. Therefore, they are particularly strict in the mediation and look very closely at the interested parties. This also includes that the living conditions of the potential dog parents are examined. It must be ensured, for example, that the four-legged friends are not regularly alone for a long time and his medical care is guaranteed.
So you have to have a regular income. Also often required: A confirmation from the landlord that the dog is allowed. Most animal shelters also carry out a so-called follow-up after placement. This is to make sure that everything is alright in the new home.
2. Ask for the origin of the puppy and the background of the donation
It is important to know the circumstances of the puppy and how he grew up during the first weeks of life. So you can already guess whether he will respond to new situations rather fearful or sovereign. Bad and traumatic experiences are often reflected in the behavior of the animals.
Especially beginners do not dare dogs with such a background – that’s fine! If you do not have dog experience, you do not have to take on the biggest challenge right away and you do not do any favors to a severely traumatized dog with your own insecurity.
3. Ask which breed the dog belongs to and what the husbandry claims are
For most animal welfare puppies, it is not possible to say for sure which dog breed it is. And even if optically everything speaks for a Doberman, at least the purebredness of the animals can rarely be guaranteed. Often the veterinarian can only estimate how big the little ones will be.
Many shelter dogs are hybrids, in which at best one can guess, which races are in them. Nevertheless, it makes sense to ask which breeds are considered likely. A herding dog mix must be demanded differently than a Maltese mixed breed.
4. Visit the shelter several times for the puppy to get used to you
You can not just drop in at the shelter, pick a puppy and take it with you. As with the breeder is set in the shelter on a mutual sniffing and slow getting to know humans and animals. Repeated visits are normal and important for the puppy to get used to you. The shelter also takes some time to verify that you meet the criteria for placement.
5. You should pay attention to this when arranging transfers from abroad
If you have a four-legged animal, which is mediated by foreign animal welfare, you must be particularly well informed to distinguish fraudsters from reputable animal welfare organizations. Simply transferring money abroad to pay for a dog’s alleged flight is really not a good idea.
Always find out about the organization in advance, search for reviews on other dog owners on Internet forums, and make sure it’s a real deal. Also find out how to protect yourself from scammers on the Internet.
In southern countries, such as Spain or Greece, dogs can also become infected with the so-called Mediterranean diseases. This includes, for example, leishmaniasis. Talk to the mediating animal welfare organization about possible diseases and inform yourself independently about the risks.
If you have decided on a puppy and the animal shelter or animal welfare organization has agreed to the mediation, it is serious: Prepare for the collection of the puppy, so that he feels at home with you. Then nothing stands in the way of living together with the four-legged friend.