How Do You Adopt a Puppy?

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Adopting a puppy shouldn't be taken lightly. You're assuming responsibility for the life of an animal. To adopt a puppy, you need to do some research, follow an application process and prepare your home

  1. Research the type of puppy you want

    To begin the process you need to determine what type of dog you want. You can visit your local animal shelter, veterinarian or dog rescue to learn about different breeds. You can also find plenty of information online from various websites.

  2. Locate a puppy

    Once you have determined what breed of dog you want to adopt, you then need to find a suitable puppy. A good place to start looking is at local animal shelters and local humane societies. Many of these places have websites with pictures of the puppies that are available.

  3. Begin the paperwork process

    Most adoption processes begin with an application and an interview. You will be asked a number of questions to ensure that you are capable of offering a suitable home for the puppy. Most applications also require a fee.

  4. Prepare your home

    Take the time to prepare your home for a new puppy. Start by purchasing a bed for your dog, some toys, a collar and leash, food and water bowls, dog food and dog treats.