Dog Adoptions 101 in NJ
We’ve all seen stray dogs roaming the street in NJ looking scared, hungry, and frazzled. It breaks your heart. It always makes me wonder how they ended up like that in the first place. Some slightly luckier strays might end up in NJ shelters or getting rescued by a compassionate person. Not all dogs end up in NJ shelters because they were necessarily bad or had behavioral problems. A lot of them end up in NJ shelters because people buy dogs without considering the effort and expense of having a dog. Some end up there because the owner passes away or goes into a nursing home. Some are also either given up or simply dropped off because of divorces and neither person wants or can take care of the dog by themselves. But then there are many dogs who end up discarded because they were used by breeders or puppy mills as sort of breeding machines, then when they no longer serve that purpose they are given up.
NJ rescue dogs that have been neglected or abandoned need training and a gentle hand to be a good member of your household. However, they will most likely need less training than a puppy would. People don’t know that a good percentage of NJ rescue dogs aren’t just mutts, but come from breeders (as mentioned earlier) or pet stores, and are pedigrees. Either way NJ rescued dogs can make great pets and can with your compassion or patience adapt to your lifestyle and family members. You’ll then be rewarded with their loyalty and affections. An abandoned dog is usually eager to become part of a loving pack where they feel safe and loved- since they are by nature pack animals. Many who adopt these rescued dogs in NJ describe their new family members as eager to please and form strong bonds with their human “pack”.
Should you go to a NJ shelter or NJ rescue society (usually for a specific breed such as Shiba Inus), there’s usually a fee which covers a medical exam, spaying or neutering, and any necessary shots. It also contributes to the cause of the shelter which is after all to keep doing what they do. You will likely meet with a volunteer worker at the shelter so you can meet the dog before you adopt and to see if the dog is a good match. If the dog chooses you too with a loving gaze, then that’s a good sign that you’ve been approved to receive their friendship hopefully for many years to come.