A Kind Act: The Advantages of Adopting and Insuring a Dog.

If you have recently decided to take on the responsibility of owning a dog, there are many points to consider from pet insurance to adjustments you may need to make to your home; however the first decision to make is exactly where to find the right dog for your family.

Before you begin scouring the pages of your local paper to find a puppy, take a moment to consider adopting a dog from a shelter instead.

The sad fact is that thousands of unwanted dogs are currently filling the UK’s animal shelters and are in desperate need of a loving home, so why not pay a visit to your local re-homing centre first?

You may find your new best friend is waiting for you.

The recession saw a rise in the number of unwanted canines, often due to the cost of owning a dog as aside from food and pet accessories, unforeseen health problems can result in catastrophic financial consequences if insurance has not been purchased for the pet.

Once you have decided on adopting a dog, the second decision is where to purchase appropriate insurance to safeguard
yourself from hefty vet bills and give the dog the best quality of care should it ever be required.

There are many advantages to adopting a dog as opposed to purchasing from a breeder, the first being the significant difference in cost. A pedigree puppy can cost in to the thousands whereas re-homing a dog will often be the cost of a donation to the centre.

Choosing the right dog for your family is an incredibly important decision and takes careful consideration. With a wealth of knowledgeable staff on hand at rescue centres to take you through noted behaviours and the history of the animal you can reach a decision based on accurate information, something which cannot always be obtained from a breeder.

There is no doubt that puppies have the ability to make any heart melt, but they can be incredibly hard work and require extensive training and discipline to ensure that their behaviour is appropriate. With so many different reasons as to why a dog has been put up for adoption, you may find a beautifully natured dog is in need of a new home, reducing the need for endless hours of training.

If you are giving a home to an older dog, you may be interested to know that some insurers will now provide cover for older animals, giving you peace of mind from the offset.

Adopting a dog will not be without its challenges regardless of breed, age or history so if you decide to adopt consider the following tips to give your new furry friend the best start;

  • Take out appropriate pet insurance from the very beginning
  • Register with a veterinary practice straight away and book in for an initial check-up as well as any necessary injections
  • Take note of their previous type of food and feeding times to retain continuity for them
  • Ensure you have the essentials such as bowls, a lead, collar and appropriate bedding before you collect them
  • Be patient, it can take a while for them to settle in to their new surroundings

Creating a safe and loving home for a previously owned dog could bring endless amounts of pleasure to your family.

If you are unsure if re homing is the right decision for you, why not visit your local centre and speak to a member of their team?

This article was written by Sophie Baker-Britton on behalf of Debenhams pet insurance, for a policy that gives peace of mind to many pet owners.

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9 Responses to “A Kind Act: The Advantages of Adopting and Insuring a Dog.”

  1. Katherine says:

    This has helped me a month ago when I adopted a dog. Now I don’t have to worry about pet insurance.

  2. Adopting a dog has many advantages for anyone.The kids can play with the dogs and the dog give accompany with the adults.Also the dog can be used for security problems.

  3. Daniel says:

    I always thought the only benefit of rescuing a dog or any other pet, for that matter, was the good feeling of such a kind act. I didn’t realize it is cheaper. My next door neighbor has on several occasion adopted/rescued dogs from shelters – usually older dogs, which is why he rescues rather frequently; Because he opts to rescue older dogs. I love animals and I think it is a very kind act to help animals in need. The joy you feel in return from their loyalty and companionship is well worth it.

  4. Alicia says:

    This is a touching article because it feels good to know someone is spreading this message to help our best friends who need our kindness now more than ever. Animals are our gift from the creator and they were made to bring us joy. Our responsibility is to care for them as well as our Earth – neither of which we are doing very well. But at least some of us – including the author of this article – are doing their part and that is all we can ask from ourselves. If we all adopt this thinking, we can collectively make a big difference.

  5. Help Yourself By Being Kind… It’s rare to meet a genuinely kind person in the corporate world. The business environment alone is set up to be competitive as people backstab and betray each other on their way to the top. Being kind, thoughtful, caring, concerned, and cooperative are not qualities of the corporate world. In fact, exhibiting these qualities could make you appear weak and unfit for promotions no matter how good your work is. You can expect this kindness “flaw in your character to cost you in the long run if you stay trapped in the corporate world.

    If you haven’t learned to be kind to yourself yet, then learn from the animals. They may be the ones who save humanity – did I say “humanity?” well, what could be humanity if only we could be more like the authenticity that the animals bring to us without fail.

  6. Brigitte says:

    I watch those animal rescues commercials that want you to donate money to the cause and I always feel so sorry for those little guys. I think it is great that you are getting attention to this out there and spreading the word. A friend of mine volunteers at the Humane Society and she is all the time telling me about these animals that come in and if I had a ranch I would have all of them on that ranch. I love animals and I don’t understand the way some people can abuse them and neglect them and not even think twice. As one of the commenter’s wrote these are God’s creation and we are supposed to take care of those that can’t take care of themselves. Thank you for putting this post out there and I hope it generates a lot of adoptions.

  7. Appreciate this article. That’s all I am able to say. You most definitely have made your blog into something special. You clearly understand what you are doing, you’ve covered countless bases. Thanks!

  8. John says:

    Between the voice of Sarah McGlockland resonating in my mind and the images of so many innocent, beautiful dogs and cats peering through cages with a look of desperation and hope that someone will adopt them and take them to a new home, my heart is touched and I feel sad. But I do see hope with people, namely my neighbors as I have noticed that some of them have recently rescued dogs from the local shelter. I hope more people will decide to rescue a dog or cat rather than buy a new born because as sad as it may sound, buying from breeders doesn’t help to control the pet population. What it does is feed the frenzy on the part of some opportunistic people who breed animals only because they have no other skills with which to support themselves. That’s not to say there aren’t good hearted well trained breeders. It’s just that there are opportunists in every field.

  9. Paul says:

    I caught a glimpse of a news report teaser on tv yesterday about how small toy dogs are being abandoned by their owners. Unfortunately, I didn’t catch the news report in its entirety to find out the reason why such cute dogs are finding their way to shelters. It would seem to me that it is harder and more burdensome to care for a large dog than it is to feed and walk a small chiwawa or silky dog. The small dogs don’t consume as much food and they certainly don’t leave a big lump of dump in your house if they are not trained. So why could this be happening? Has anyone else heard about this happening in their local area? If so, why?

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