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6 Things To Consider When Choosing A Rescue Dog

May 16, 2022
Did you know that May 20th is Rescue Dog Day! We have many patients that were adopted as rescues, but are not beloved, happy, and pampered family pets. Adopting a rescue dog can be a very beautiful and profound experience. However, there are some things to think about here. In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO veterinary clinic, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, a local vet goes over some of the key things you would want to consider.


Before being put up for adoption, Fido will probably have been run through several doggy personality tests. Most shelters also screen for compatibility with cats. These don’t need to be dealbreakers: for instance, a dog that isn’t cat-friendly isn’t an issue if you don’t have kitties. But it is important to pick a pup that fits with your household and family.


This is another thing to think carefully about. If you prefer indoor activities, like reading or gaming, a pooch that needs lots of walks and playtime may not be a great fit. If you like running and hiking, you’ll want an active, energetic pup to enjoy these things with.


Breed plays a huge role in Fido’s body composition, and it factors into his personality as well. While many rescue dogs are mutts, some of them do come from puppy mills. Do some research into your potential pet’s breeds or suspected breeds.

Picking The Pup

It’s easy to fall in love with an adorable furry face. We also love it when people just know they’ve found their pooch. However, don’t overlook the older dogs, or the funny-looking ones. That shy dog that’s curled up in a corner may turn out to be the most loving pet you’ve ever had!


Just like people, dogs can have phobias, fears, and anxiety. Rescue dogs also often have to overcome past trauma. Don’t expect perfection from your canine companion, especially right away. Be sure you’re ready to work with Fido, and provide the time and training he may need.


This may be the most important thing. Don’t adopt Fido unless you are 100% committed to caring for him until the end of his days. Adoption is a lifetime commitment! Please contact Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO veterinary clinic, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, anytime. We’re happy to help!