You guys know how much I love animals (and especially my rescue pup, Maverick!), so today I wanted to chat with Sasha Abelson, President of Love Leo – an amazing dog rescue based in Los Angeles. I’ve talked about how great Love Leo Rescue is before, but there are a few aspects of animal adoption (and dogs, specifically) that people might not know or understand. Here are Sasha’s top three things to know when it comes to dog adoption…
1-) Some rescues focus on dogs that need “extra help.” Perhaps that means the dog(s) have serious injuries and need costly medical care, or perhaps they are shy and/or fearful and need a patient home and time to learn and trust their new owners. If you’re open to adopting a dog that needs extra help, make sure to do your research and find a rescue that specializes in that.
2-) Many rescues spends hundreds, even thousands of dollars on ONE single dog. Helping each dog with medical or behavioral issues and getting them ready for a forever home is sometimes an expensive task. The adoption fee rarely covers the amount of money that rescues spend on that single animal. That said, if you’re thinking about adopting a dog (or even if you’re not!) consider doing a monthly donation to one of these rescues. Even a small amount like $5 or $10 a month can make a BIG impact.
3-) Some people think that rescue groups are “too picky.” In reality, most rescues just want to pair up the right dog with the right home to make sure it’s a “forever” home. If a dog is too much of a couch potato for an active family (or visa versa), it’s not going to be a good match and rescue groups would rather say no and wait for the right situation. This protects the animal as well as the person.
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