Is It Safe to Accept Free Puppies?

When adopting a puppy, make sure that the puppy is up to date on all of its vaccinations to protect itself, other dogs and humans from becoming ill. If possible, ask the previous owner about the puppy's parents to get an idea of future behavior and genetic health problems.

Figure out the age of the puppy, which determines when it should receive its vaccinations. Ask the previous owner about the breed, temperament and genetic history of the puppy's parents in order to prepare future owners for genetic defects and potential behavioral problems. Make sure the current living situation is appropriate for a new puppy, taking into account children, neighbors, other pets, working hours, financial stability and environment. It is not recommended to adopt more than one puppy at a time from the same litter, as it may bond closer to its littermate than to humans, which can cause future behavioral problems. Once all precautions are taken, it should be safe to accept a free puppy.