As a professional pet sitter I often get calls from pet parents who have recently acquired a new puppy. I am delighted when they tell me that their new little furry kid was adopted from a shelter or rescue group as opposed to purchased from a breeder. Not that I have major objections to reputable breeders, but there are so many dogs, including puppies, that are waiting in shelters and foster homes and rescues for their forever home. And it should be forever. I do not believe that adopting an animal whether it be a dog, cat or bunny rabbit, is on a trial or short term basis. You are bringing a new family member into your home and just as you wouldn't get rid of a new human baby because it cried too much, or kept you up all night, or had colic, you shouldn't get rid of your furry baby because he/she has issues. That being said, if you are deciding to get a new fur baby be sure you are prepared for a lifetime commitment. Consider the costs of bringing this new life into your home. Not just food, veterinary care, toys, and bedding,; but also dog walking and pet sitting services if you work outside of the home and are gone all day or if you take vacations with your family and cannot take your pooch with you.
I am delighted when potential pet parents contact me before they adopt to find out what the charges will be for caring for their animal if they go away or walking their dogs midday from Monday - Friday. These potential pet parents are obviously thinking ahead and being responsible, making sure they can afford the little critter.
If you are considering bringing a new family member home from a shelter or rescue, please carefully consider the needs this pet will have and make sure you are able to meet these needs on a day to day ongoing basis. If you can't, I don't care how cute the puppy or kitten may be or how much your little kids want a dog...be responsible and don't do it.