THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PET ADOPTION blog series:
Thinking about adopting a furry companion? That’s great! Pet rescues and shelters are filled with animals waiting to be adopted and re-homed. Giving a new forever after home to a rescued pet is a big decision. You want to give him a loving home and the best care possible. Pet adoption is lots of fun, but it does take time to plan and research.
Pet adoption is such a wonderful thing. Whether you’d like to adopt a dog, a cat, a rabbit, a ferret or any other animal, you want to make sure you consider all that it takes to become a very good and caring pet owner.Find out all about pet adoption in this book and you will be able to start enjoying a brand new lifelong friendship with your new pet.
Guessing a Dog’s Breed
Recent studies have shown that it is essentially impossible to determine the breed(s) of mixed breed dog by their appearance. In fact DNA results have determined that guesses based on a dog's appearance were wrong 75 percent of the time. This was true whether or not the person was a shelter/rescue worker or a vet. This has been our experience at Home At Last as well. On the few occasions when an adopter has done a DNA test on their new dog, the breeds we guessed at were wrong far more times then they were right. In one memorable instance what we and the adopter both thought was a purebred Bernese Mountain dog turned out to be a mixed breed dog with no Bernese DNA at all.
For this reason we would prefer to describe all unpapered dogs as a small, medium or large mixed breed dogs. But unfortunately all online dog adoption websites require that at least one breed be listed for posting. So while we will still have to continue guessing as to at least one breed that our dogs might be, our bios will clearly state that this is nothing more than a guess that is based solely on the dog's appearance and it it very possible that the dog is not that breed at all. Please check out the link below which well illustrates how difficult it is to accurately determine a dog's breed based on nothing more than their appearance.
At Home At Last Dog Rescue we believe the least important thing to know about a dog you are considering adopting is what breeds they are. Our ten years of experience has shown us that a dog's breeds is no indicator whatsoever about what their character and nature will be like. In our opinion it is far more important to look at a dog's temperament, personality and exercise needs rather than their assumed breed(s) to determine if they are a good fit for your home.
Veterinarians we recommend
Westview Veterinary Services
#726 - 2601 Westview Drive
Peace Arch Veterinarian Clinic
Cambie Animal Clinic
7555 Cambie St, Vancouver BC V6P 3H6
FOUND A STRAY PET?
If you have found a friendly dog who appears to be homeless and prefer not to take them to a shelter, you must take reasonable steps to try and locate the owner before Home at Last Dog Rescue can assist:
Check for tattoos
Take the dog to a vet to see if a microchip exists
Contact the SPCA or your local animal shelter to file a report.
Post flyers where you found the dog
Post an ad through online classified sites (Kijiji, Craigslist, etc.)
If you are unable to keep the dog for the ten day period while waiting to find the owner, Home At Last Dog Rescue may be able to help by providing a temporary home. Please contact us and send as much information as possible, along with a photo of the dog.