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Rescue Dogs: Choosing the Right One

Consider giving a home to a rescue dog as long as you are prepared to put in extra work if it is needed but it can be an immensely rewarding experience. 

Do not consider adopting a rescue dog if you have a busy life, or very young children, as they often need special care and the people re-homing it can give you a full history.


Find a rescue dog

Before buying or adopting a dog, you must ask yourself:

  • Can I afford to buy the dog I want?
  • Can I make a lifelong commitment to a dog - a dog’s average life span is 12 years?
  • Can I afford between £4.50 and £8.00 per week to feed a dog?
  • Can I afford veterinary fees?
  • Can I afford to insure my dog?
  • Is my home big enough to house a dog?
  • Do I really want to exercise a dog every day?
  • Will there be someone at home for a dog – dogs get lonely just like humans?
  • Will I find time to train, groom and generally care for a dog?
  • Will I be able to answer YES to these questions every day of the year?
  • Considerations for choosing a rescue dog (PDF)

The list of rescue dog breeds invited at Discover Dogs will be availabe soon.
Find out more about breed rescue organisations here.