Tips for Adopting a Rescue or Shelter Dog in Ohio

July 27, 2012

Dog Bites

adopting rescue dogs and shelter dogsAnimal shelters in the United States provide care for approximately 6 to 8 million dogs annually.  Of that number, roughly half are euthanized due to limited space and limited budgets.  Therefore, adopting a rescue or shelter dog can not only bring joy to the new dog owner, but it can also give the adopted dog a second chance at life.  However, before adopting a rescue or shelter dog, it is important to gather as much information as possible.

First, it is important to find out information on the dog’s breed.  Certain breeds of dog have a reputation for violence, such as pit bulls and rottweilers.  Not only is viciousness a concern for personal safety, but a vicious dog breed can also affect homeowner’s insurance premiums and may be prohibited by certain rental or lease agreements.  Also, breed of dog may be a concern if a member of a family has allergy issues.  Some breeds, such as German Shepherds, are poor choices for owners with allergy problems because of frequent shedding.

Secondly, it is important to find out about a dog’s temperament.  Before adopting a shelter or rescue dog, one should find out how the dog has behaved since entering the shelter.  For example, if the new owner has another dog or a small child at home, it is important that the shelter dog be comfortable around other dogs or small children.  If the new owner lives in a small apartment, then a dog with an active temperament may not be suitable.

Finally, before adopting a rescue or shelter dog, one should give consideration to the dog’s health and the financial commitment the dog will require.  Dogs that have been in a shelter more than a few weeks may develop conditions common to shelters, such as kennel cough.  The financial commitment of a dog will vary based on what treatment may have already been administered by the shelter.  For example, some shelters will give puppies their initial shots and spay or neuter the dog as part of the adoption process.

Ownership of a dog is a significant responsibility and one that should be taken seriously. If you or a loved one has become the victim of a dog attack or a dog bite anywhere in Ohio, please contact Slater & Zurz LLP for a free consultation by calling 1-800-297-9191 or send us a Blog Message to schedule a time to talk.

To learn more about Ohio dog bite laws, please visit

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