Bringing a dog into you household, into your family, into your life is a big deal. It's a big commitment and you need to make sure you're ready for it.
Once you do make the decision, however, the first thing you should do is visit an animal shelter.
A lot of people have the dog breed they want in mind when getting their first pet. They'll most likely look for someone who's selling the exact puppy that they want. But what people fail to realize is that there are plenty of animals, including puppies, who need a home much more.
You never know what you'll find or who you'll meet in an animal shelter. You might lock eyes and fall in love with a dog there. And by adopting them, you've easily just impacted their life the best way possible.
If you're looking into getting a new dog, stopping by an animal shelter won't hurt. Here's a few photos of rescued dogs to show you just how happy they are when humans adopt them.
#1. Poor guy was adopted twice and returned twice.
But now he has a a best friend for life.
#2. Looks like this one had a little too much with his first toy during his first day home.
Don’t worry bud, you’ll have plenty of time to play with that toy and much more.
#3. "Mom and Dad's favorite photo they took of me when they first got me."
Doesn’t he look handsome?
#4. He adopted a former Russian guard dog.
Well he doesn’t look as intimidating as a guard dog anymore.
#5. A pup who can't help its smile on Adoption Day.
How can you not adopt this pup?