Think pet adoption is a tedious and complex process? Well, you are not alone. A lot of people have several misconceptions about the actual process of adopting a dog from shelters because of the ignorant hearsay

However, is the process of pet adoption in India truly that complicated? Absolutely not! On the contrary, the process has become quite simple over the years. The procedure is completely hassle-free without any hurdles. 

The process of any pet adoption begins with first being mentally prepared to become a pet parent. Remember, a pet can be a handful at times. Owning a pet is a full-time responsibility requiring your time, attention and round-the-clock commitment. Adoption will not cost you anything but the dog’s food, vet visits, and vaccinations will. So, bear in mind the added expenses. 

Of course, the rewards of unconditional love, affection, and companionship outweigh everything. Once you are sure of becoming a pet parent, all you have to do is follow this step-by-step guide to adopting the pooch of your dreams.

Step 1: Decide what kind of dog you want 

At the outset, try to think about the kind of dog you really want. The decision should depend on a variety of factors such as your lifestyle, the size of your home, and even your family. You might prefer a lively canine if you have kids at home or are a young couple but may opt for aged dogs if you have elders at home. Also, do your research about different breeds as are high maintenance while some are low maintenance. 

Step 2: Find the right rescue or dog shelter around you

There are several dog shelters and animal rescues in all major cities and towns in the country. The dog shelter that you choose to adopt from should be a reliable place. It is recommended that you locate a nearby shelter and visit the place several times to ensure you trust them. You need to see how they take care of these little fur babies and their vision behind starting a dog shelter should be noble and honest. 

Step 3: Get to know the dogs you like

Chances are that you would want to pick the cutest pup you set your eyes on at the shelter. However, that is not the ideal way to adopt. You need to get the dog better. Dog shelters and rescue homes welcome people with open arms to come and spend some time with the dogs. Spend some time with the dogs and enquire about the nature and history of the ones you like. The one you connect the most with and the one that is most comfortable around you is the dog for you. Isn’t this a fun way to decide which dog to choose? 

Step 4: Get the medical details

The next step involves securing medical documents and getting information about the dog’s medical history so that you can take proper care once you take it home. You need to know if he has had any recent traumatic experiences or needs some kind of medical attention. You also need to ensure that the dog has been properly vaccinated; you can ask for the vaccination certificate from the shelter. Many dogs go through bad experiences because of which they are rescued by the shelter, you should get all such important information.

Step 5: Follow the official procedure

Most of the shelters have a set pattern of procedures and formalities that are supposed to be completed at the time of adoption. These include providing your identity documents, address proof, and other forms. You also need to sign the adoption papers and agree to the basic rules set by the shelter for the welfare of the dog. Many dogs have some specific requirements that the shelter might ask you to follow and make you sign a consent form for the same.

Step 6: Visit a Vet 

It is highly recommended that you visit a vet before you take your new pet home. This step is particularly important if the dog is not vaccinated. Even if vaccinated, it is advisable to get a regular health check-up done, ensure the dog is dewormed and has no ticks. The vet will also prescribe health supplements that your dog might need. 

Step 7: Take your pooch home

Once you are done with the formalities and the procedures you are free to take it home and shower it with all your love. It may take some time for the dog to get adjusted to the environment of your place and feel at home. Everyone at your place should be welcoming to the dog and should be ready to love and accept the new family member. Needless to say, prepare your home and shop for the essentials beforehand for the adventure and set up a proper place for the dog.