NATIONAL RESCUE DOG DAY is proudly observed annually on MAY 20 to bring awareness to the countless number of amazing dogs in shelters around the country who deserve a second chance at a forever home.
If you're looking to adopt a rescue dog but don’t know where to start? Check out our essential guide to finding a rescue dog that suits you and your lifestyle.
1. Do your research!
A rescue dog is a lifelong commitment to whatever dog you choose, so it’s crucial to do your research. After all, rescue dogs have already been abandoned by a previous owner for a variety of reasons. The last thing any of these dogs deserve is for that to happen again.
You can help to prevent that by considering your lifestyle and doing your research into suitable breed characteristics before you visit an animal shelter. For example:
- do you have a small (or no) yard? If so, a large, active dog who likes to spend time outdoors won’t be suitable. Consider smaller, less active breeds instead.
- do you need a breed that’s playful and suitable for young children? Some breeds are more playful than others.
- are you elderly or less active? If so, consider a less active breed.
- do you need a breed that will adapt to living with a cat?
- do you want to avoid a breed that has high grooming needs?
- are you looking for a puppy or an adult dog?
You should also research the potential health issues of different breeds so you know what to expect over the course of your new dog’s life. Some breeds have more genetic health issues than others.
You should also be wary of dogs that have been bred to have exaggerated features because that can lead to later health problems.
2. Visit a reputable animal shelter
Once you’ve done your research, make sure you look for your dog in a reputable animal shelter like your local RSPCA. They always have plenty of dogs available for adoption.
3. Consider the dog’s body language
When you go to an animal rescue shelter, consider each dog’s body language. Choose one that is keen to interact with you. Take them outside of their kennel to an outdoor, enclosed area and spend some time with them.
If you have children, pay attention to how they relate to the dog and how the dog relates to them.
4. Find out as much as you can about the dog’s history
Ask why the dog is at the shelter. For example:
- has it been abandoned or neglected?
- does it have any behavioural issues?
- was it a part of an unwanted litter of a dog that wasn’t neutered?
- does it have any health issues or prior injuries?
- has it been vaccinated?
- has it been fixed?
All of this information will give you an idea of the dog’s needs and whether it would be suitable for you and your lifestyle.
How can we help
At Outback Tails, we have a range of dog products featuring the work of renowned Indigenous artists to spoil your new rescue dog!
- dog toys,
- dog bed covers,
- oilskin dog coats,
- dog beds,
- collars and leads.