Making the Decision to Adopt.

Adopting a dog is a decision that should be made with care and deliberation. A dog is not a toy, it’s not an “until you get bored/have to move/have no time/get old” dog; it’s a living creature. When you are considering adopting a dog, you should give this decision as much care and attention that you would use if you were deciding where to live, to have children, or whether or not to get married.


Rescue pets can make wonderful, life-long companions if only given the chance. People often think rescues only take in the dogs that have health or behavioural problems. This is simply not true. Rescues are filled with a mixture of dogs who would like nothing more than a chance at a happy life, and their own family to share it with.

In addition, adopting a dog is far less expensive than those you would find at a pet store or a breeder. And make no mistake; there are lots of purebreds in rescues and shelters, if that is what you’re looking for! Our dogs are vet-checked, vaccinated, microchipped and desexed. All of this vet work is included as part of the adoption fee, and in most cases is far less money that you would spend getting this vet work done yourself on your own dog. In addition, not purchasing a dog and choosing a reputable rescue instead, shows you don’t support backyard breeders or puppymills.


ARQ have many loving pets of all breeds, sizes and shapes patiently waiting in the hopes of finding a forever home as soon as possible.
When you adopt a dog from ARQ, you free up a foster home to take in another dog in need – often one who is very close to running out of time and options. You save the life of your adopted pooch, and you also save the life of the dog waiting to get out of the pound.

Anything else to consider?

When you have made the decision to adopt a dog, it is important to assess your own requirements and what you can provide to your new family member so you can find the perfect fit. Some things to consider:

2group_dogsAssess your own energy levels – work out how much realistic time you have for exercise, grooming, training, socialising, outings etc. We can help you pick a dog that will suit your family.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions – this shows us you have through about your decision and are carefully assessing finding the right fit for your family.

Keep an open mind, do your research, and have patience! It’s also advisable to In the end, you’ll both be better off for it.

Most importantly, do your best to not let your emotions make the decision. For the dogs sake and yours, it’s crucial for you to choose the right dog, and not just one that you feel sorry for.

Too often, people adopt a dog because it is “cute” or “fashionable” rather than based on the merits of its behaviour and energy levels. In these situations, the dog may be returned to the dog rescues, shelter, kennel, or breeder, and each return is a black mark on that dog’s record. It suggests that the dog is un-adoptable, and the more often a dog is returned, the more likely it is to eventually be put to sleep. So for everyone’s sake – let’s get it right the first time!

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