Nearly three million animals are euthanized each year, with over one million of those animals being dogs. Fortunately, another three million animals are adopted each year, with another million of those being man’s best friend. Over half a million strays are returned to their owners in thousands of animal shelters throughout the United States.
When it comes to dogs, nearly 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% are returned to their owners. An estimated 40% of homes in the United States are made complete by the addition of a dog. When considering your next dog, don’t look past your local shelter, they may have just the one you’re looking for.
Unfortunately, Pomeranians are one of the more common breeds in rescue facilities and shelters in the United States. Many families act as foster families while the pups are waiting for their forever homes. A simple Google search will bring up hundreds of Pomeranian specific rescue groups, dedicated to finding the perfect homes. Many have strict application and adoption criteria to do just that.
Many times a great shelter or rescue group will be very versed in helping families find the right dogs for them. They get to know their dogs and are able to assess their behaviors, personality traits, and individual needs. This is critical information to ensure the active family doesn’t end up with a lazy couch potato or the family with children doesn’t end up with a hyperactive dog who struggles with training and attention. As with any dog, it is important to see how the dog interacts with family members, other pets, schedules, pet expectations, and money available for the pet’s individual needs. It is important to take adequate time and exercise patience in choosing the next member of your family to ensure a lifelong bond for both the dog and your family.
When meeting a dog for the first time, pay attention to things like the dog’s body language, how the Pomeranian responds to being touched or petted, and how rough or gentle the dog is. Take note of how the dog interacts or responds to other dogs and how excitable or hyperactive he is. Food aggression may be a sign of behavioral issues, so it is important to see if the dog reacts differently when he has food, a toy, or a treat. These things may help you find the best pet for your family.
After deciding that a Pomeranian is the next family member for you, heed the mantra of shelters worldwide supporting, “don’t shop, adopt!” Do your research to find a reputable rescue group and support a great cause. Before shelling out money for a costly breeder, consider opening your home to one of the many animals in need.