Adopting a Dog
Should I Adopt a Dog?
Of course you love dogs—who wouldn’t? But are you ready to take the next step and become a dog parent? Adopting any pet comes with responsibilities, and it’s important to make sure you’ll be able to take good care of your pup for the rest of their life.
That means that now's the time to ask yourself the tough questions about your lifestyle, budget and other pet parenting capabilities before you bring that adorable puppy home.
How to Adopt a Dog
OK, so you’ve decided you’re ready. But how do you go about adopting a dog?
It’s not quite as simple as walking into your local shelter and walking out with a puppy—but animal shelter and rescue organizations have made the process as easy as possible for potential pet parents, while keeping the best interests of each pet in mind.
We’ve got the lowdown on how the process works.
Supplies for Adopting a Dog
Any dog parent will tell you that pups come with gear—a lot of it. Some things are fun extras to enhance your experience with your new pet (like that ultra-adorable dog sweater you’ve had your eye on), but other dog products are necessary for giving your new pup the happiest, healthiest life.
Want to start your dog parenting journey off on the right foot? Make sure you have these essentials at home to take the best care of your new pup.
New Dog, Now What?
More Ways to Help Adoptable Dogs
When you donate to your local shelter or rescue’s Wish List, Chewy sends the products they need straight to their doorstep. It’s easy for you, and life-changing for pets in need. Find your local shelter or rescue’s Wish List here.
Can’t make a long-term commitment? Temporarily taking in a dog or puppy helps them get the love and care they need until they find a forever home. Find out more about fostering.
Animal shelters and rescues often need the support of pet-loving volunteers who do anything from cleaning to pet photography to simply playing and cuddling with pets. Learn more about how to help your local shelter or rescue.