FILLING OUT AN APPLICATION IS THE FIRST STEP IN OUR ADOPTION PROCESS.
“My goal in life is to be the person my dogs think I am.” – Author Unknown
By Penny Eims — Dog News Examiner
If you have tried to adopt a dog, you know what I’m talking about. Dog Rescues – so many in-depth, personal questions; just to adopt a dog! For goodness sake – do they really need all of that information?
After all – aren’t these homeless dogs? Wouldn’t any owner be better than being a dog, lamenting in rescue? Than being homeless??
Nope – as a matter of fact, those questions and in-depth applications have a purpose. The individuals who run these rescues have seen quite a bit of dog stuff in their day. They have seen the circumstances that brought these dogs into rescue in the first place.
There are a few “real” cases where a dog needs the help of a rescue because the owner has died or fallen gravely ill (please see the article “cancer leaves 2 dogs without an owner”), but the majority of dogs in rescues are there because they had owners who did things all wrong.
So, why does the application ask the names and ages of those in the household? Because they need to know if there are kids in the house that might be at risk if an inappropriate dog is placed in the home.
This Great Dane is named George, and he is the service dog for the little girl.
The little girl is named Bella and suffers from a very rare genetic disease which prevents her from growing normally. Before she got George, Bella could hardly walk at all, but George has given her confidence and her physical abilities have greatly improved since she got him. George was given to Bella by ‘The Service Dog Project’ in Ipswich MA, where Great Danes are bred, trained, and given away free to people with balance problems and other disabilities. With Bella and George, it was love at first sight. Now they are inseparable.
George is on his way to Orlando to receive a “Service Dog Of The Year” award from the AKC.
When you adopt a rescue pet, you may love the animal but not its name. Often times the pets original name is unknown to the animal shelter, and they give it an arbitrary name just so they can identify it for their records, but the name may not be apropos for the pet.
The simple solution is to rename your pet. Dogs are certainly capable of learning a new name in 2 weeks or less with a little training. While renaming might confuse the pet at first, it may be beneficial if the animal was previously abused, and associates its old name with the abuse.
The first step of course would be to choose a new name. Think about this name carefully, and make sure it is appropriate. Make sure you would not mind opening the front door and yelling the new name across the neighborhood! Also short names are easier for the pet to learn. Beau is a much better name than Beauregard Bullwinkle for instance.
Once you have a new name chosen, start training you dog in short sessions through the day with plenty of rewards. Never call it by its old name to avoid confusing the pet.
In no time at all, your new pet will recognize its new name.
When I adopted my last dog, I found that I could get a lifetime license for him from my country treasurer. This represents quite a savings for a young dog. In my county (Monroe) and most counties, a lifetime license for a neutered male or female costs $31.45 compared to $6.45 for a one year license. For a senior citizen, the deal is even better, $21.45 for a lifetime license. So the breakeven point is about 5 years, plus you would eliminate the hassle of applying each year for a new license.
I believe most counties have similar deals, but check with your county to make sure.