Who Needs to Know About Your Dog Adoption?
When I was searching for my forever family, I was completely overwhelmed by the process. There were too many questions and too many things to think about. I felt like I was drowning in a sea of information. But then, I realized something: I didn’t have to tell anyone about my adoption. In fact, I was better off not sharing the story at all. I didn’t need to explain to my friends or my family that I had an amazing dog. I didn’t need to explain my decision to the world. I just wanted to find my forever family.
A total stranger will find your dog through one of the biggest marketing campaigns in history. The words we use in our profiles can change the experience of a person who reads them forever. You know that slogan, “I Want You to Want Me”? That’s the goal of the dog-friendly website. You know what helps promote dog adoption, better than almost anyone? Positive language and cute dogs. It sounds really cheesy, but I have never heard a dog-friendly website say anything negative about a potential adopter. If you are looking for an amazing dog, talk about how happy you are to be adopting a dog from a shelter. Talk about the exciting opportunity to give a homeless dog a home. Don’t Talk About All the Dogs You’ve Had or the Bad Experience You Had With a Dog.
This was the one thing I didn’t think about when searching for my forever family. That’s because I assumed that I’d get a new dog and the transition would be easier since they’d already have the ability to make it work. But like many dog owners, I made a few mistakes with my dogs and couldn’t afford vet bills. I felt completely overwhelmed. After many failed attempts, I found a really great vet who gave me a great price for getting my dogs fixed. After our last visit, he actually offered to make our meeting after hours, so we could talk things over. The vet felt really good about our marriage (although I don’t think he wanted to be married to a broken down puppy mom).
Family and Friends
Did I need to let my family know I had adopted a dog? No. I love my family and I value their opinion. I decided I didn’t want them to feel the need to babysit or to “mother” my new puppy. They were going to do that anyway. If they were going to need to help me take care of my new dog, they could ask. But it wasn’t necessary to come right out and tell them. My friends and family could help with any emergencies, but I didn’t need to be a part of the day-to-day with the dog. They would see that I made an awesome choice, and that was all the thanks I needed. There were a few people I did tell, though. I needed to make sure they were aware of what I was doing, that I had left their house with a dog that wasn’t theirs.
If your neighbors don’t know you’re adopting, why would they want to help you? People might wonder if you’re renting out your house or if you were forced into it. They might judge you and make fun of you. Your friends and family might not understand why you need to go through all of this. Your roommate might see how much it’s stressing you out, and that you’re never at home. Maybe your partner or spouse doesn’t support your decision. Doesn’t it seem easier to just stay home for the rest of your life and avoid the possibility of awkward questions? Your pet sitter Maybe you have a pet sitter that you’ve been referring to for years. You trust them, and you’d feel uncomfortable going to the shelter to meet prospective owners. Or maybe you don’t have a pet sitter at all.
But when I adopted Pirate, I knew I needed to share the news. My voice would help people who were adopting, or thinking about adopting a dog. After I got Pirate, I realized I could leverage my voice to help spread awareness about animal rescue. I got on Instagram and saw all of the dogs being neglected, abused, and killed every day. I knew I had to use my story to help people who were looking to adopt and to spread awareness to the world about how to become a responsible pet parent. The point is, you can use your voice to advocate for the causes that are important to you.
Dog Training Classes
I didn’t have to introduce myself to one prospective home or educate an adopter about my life. I only needed one person – my forever home. My husband would know I was adopted – and he was fine with it. I’m not sure I would have been. I might have felt like my adoption was a secret – a big secret – like I was ashamed of myself. It’s an intriguing dynamic, actually. Just think about it: When is the last time you told your friends and family that your neighbor was adopted and now she’s your sister? When was the last time you told your best friend about your adoption and your family’s reactions? Now, I realize this all sounds a bit morbid. I mean, what’s wrong with telling people about your adoption? Well, it’s the reason why you can’t. And I want to explain why, today.