We always knew we wanted a dog, but once we started looking for a dog seriously it was hard not to fall in love. Josh’s main condition was to create a spreadsheet to truly know the cost of getting a dog. (consider it done). Kristin stumbled across a dog named Tucker and let Josh know that she filled out the adoption paperwork and highly encouraged him to agree to schedule an appointment. Josh thought the dog was very cute and was a bit hesitant but agreed! We were on for a friday appointment. When Kristin called, they let her know that there were many other families interested in this dog. Upon arrival for the appointment, they brought him into another room to let us play and get to know him. He was calm and really lived up to the name tucker. He appeared really tired and snuggly. Kristin was nervous to end the play meeting for fear that she would have to give him back and not get to see him again; however, thankfully a simple question was posed. Do you want to take him home? (cue the tears). Yes! We were then brought to a room to fill out the paperwork and the adventure truly began. We had nothing for him, just the spreadsheet of what we needed. SO we went to petco, got the basics and then ordered the rest from Amazon. We changed Tucker’s name to Pepper. Josh LOVES the spice Pepper and that’s what he is named after. Josh and I continuously look at each other and think of how he was one of our best decisions.
- Make a spreadsheet to plan for the purchase of this new family member
- cost of adoption
- dog tag
- dog bed
- dog bowls
- dog food – we use Paw Tree – This is an MLM but we SWEAR by this food. It hasn’t been recalled and it is very good for dogs.
- allergy treats
- poop bags
- tote for travel
- intake appointment for vet
- medications + shots
- Find a reputable place to adopt from:
- look for local rescues/animal shelters on facebook – you can follow them and they often share the updates on the animals that are available for adoption.
- you may also consider using a website called – Petfinder. You search your zip code and listings pop up that match
- Where we adopted Pepper From: All4Paws in Pawleys Island, SC.
- Fill out the Pet Adoption Application for the specific company that you’re going through.
- We completed this on their website and most places you can complete it via this method.
- most places would like to have this done prior to making an appointment others will let you complete it on site prior to your appointment – just have to verify with the place of business.
- This application typically includes:
- your demographic information + information about your current home environment
- how you’ve heard of their company
- a question about the specific animal you’re interested in
- qualities you’re looking for in a pet (ie., size, coat (non shed/hypoallergenic), good w/dogs, good w/kids)
- a place for you to indicate your commitment to the animal, and to make sure you understand costs associated
- description of how you’d discipline/train the animal
- Make an appointment
- If you have other pets, they’re often encouraged, if not needed for this part to make sure that the animal you’re interested in will be an appropriate match for your family.
- Love on your new family member and welcome them home!
We would love to hear about your story if you’ve adopted in your life! We can’t wait to get a second dog after we build our home and have more room for them to run around. If you’d like to add any other steps we’d love for you to comment your best suggestions.
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