Rehoming an older dog

Rehoming an Older dog

Many mature dogs are abandoned or put up for rehoming in Cyprus every year. Adopting an adult dog from a shelter can be hugely rewarding – whilst giving a second chance to a deserving pet to become part of a loving household.


The advantages of re-homing an adult dog:

(1) Adult dogs will tend to be calmer, more relaxed, with a better-established routine and personality. They should have burnt through all that excess puppy energy and be ready to settle down.

(2) In some cases an adult dog will be fully house trained and understand basic commands. Although some degree of training may be necessary as they get used to their new surroundings.

(3) A reputable rehoming charity will ensure that your dog has had a medical check, is neutered, vaccinated, wormed and had any treatment necessary before rehoming.

(4) In many cases, the dog’s history will be known, so the shelter can help you select a pet that will suit your home and lifestyle. The centre may also know if the dog is good with children, other dogs, or cats. In general, rehoming organisations will be as anxious as you are to make the right match, and will never try to offload a problem animal.

(5) With so many dogs available for rehoming you’re almost certain to find a pet that’s just right for you, from purebred to mongrel.

(6) And of course, you’ll have the enormous satisfaction of knowing that you’ve been responsible for giving your dog a second chance.


Notes of caution

Older dogs re-homed through a reputable organisation make wonderful pets, but there are a few points to remember.

(1) Be honest and comprehensive when describing your lifestyle and living arrangements. A dog that enjoys a lot of exercise will always be unhappy if your lifestyle can’t accommodate his needs.

(2) Older dogs can be set in their ways. It may take time for an adult to settle in and mould you to their way of life!

(3) Sometimes a dog’s full history may not be known, especially if abandoned. Make sure your dog has a complete check up before rehoming, and remember that if a dog has been badly treated, he or she may carry some emotional baggage and will need patience to re-establish trust.

(4) If you’re already a dog owner, it’s worth noting that introducing a new adult dog may cause more friction than a youngster.

Finally, remember: new homes make new dogs, and new dogs make new homes!


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