11 Things Every Rescue Dog Wants You To Know

1. Not all of us were strays. Many of us have been abandoned or had to be surrendered by our previous owners for many different reasons.

You may be thinking that all rescue dogs are strays, but this isn’t always the case. Some dogs have had to be surrendered by their previous owners due to a change in circumstances such as an illness or moving.

It’s true that some of us have been left on the streets, but not all of us have experienced abandonment.

When you adopt a rescue dog, you’re helping a dog in need and giving them a forever home!

2. Just because a dog was surrendered doesn’t mean that he was abused. Sometimes it is for reasons beyond the owner’s control like a move, divorce, or something else that makes it impossible for the owner to keep their pet.

  • Just because a dog was surrendered doesn’t mean that he was abused. Sometimes it is for reasons beyond the owner’s control like a move, divorce, or something else that makes it impossible for the owner to keep their pet.

While this can seem confusing, try to remember that there are many reasons why people surrender dogs. Not every situation is as simple as “bad owner gives up good dog” and, in fact, most situations are far more complicated than you may realize.

3. Just because you find us doesn’t mean we’ll be yours forever. We tend to be very loyal and loving dogs and will remain devoted to you even if you choose to send us back to the rescue group.

. As much as we love you, if you choose to go back to the rescue group, we are fine with that. We will love and remember you forever. You may think this is a sad and lonely path for us, but at least we have our own kind to hang out with again and have someone else on the lookout for our next home.

4. You may not get a dog that is perfectly trained and socialized upon adoption. Most rescue dogs were family pets at one point so they want nothing more than to please their human. However, when they get lost or abandoned, they need time and training to adapt to being in a new home with entirely new people, children, and/or pets.

Give your rescue dog some time to adjust to the new environment and people. While your rescue may show fear or hesitation at first, this behavior can be decreased with training and by providing a safe home. Keep in mind that dogs who have been rescued from shelters are generally highly trainable because they want nothing more than to please their human. Many of them were also simply family pets before being abandoned or lost, so it is likely that they will do very well with good training and consistency!

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