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7 things I wish I’d known before adopting a dog

Dogs provide companionship and unconditional love to owners all over the world. Despite the benefits of adding a new pet to your family, certain dogs can have more health problems, be more prone to anxiety, and cost more than you think. Here are seven things I wish I knew before adopting a dog.
Adopting a four-legged friend comes with a ton of responsibility.

10 important things to consider when you decide to adopt a dog

Adopting a dog is no small task and can be especially daunting for first-time pet owners. Luckily, we've compiled a list of things to look for that will help make your time at the shelter a little bit easier. Follow these ten tips to ensure you'll be providing a forever home to a dog in need.
Senior dogs can make excellent companions.

10 reasons to consider adopting a senior dog instead of a puppy

When adopting a dog, there are a lot of factors to consider. And one of them is the age of the dog you plan to adopt. From having a calmer temperament to providing fewer surprises, here are some reasons to adopt a senior dog instead of a puppy.
There are some things you need to know before bringing your dog home.

10 tips for getting your home ready for a new dog

Getting a new dog is so exciting but there are things you have to put into place before bringing the dog home. Here's how to prepare your home for your newly adopted dog.
Bringing home your dog is exciting, but it can be stressful for the dog.

10 useful tips for bringing home a new dog

Adopting a dog can be exciting, but there are a few important things to do before, during, and after taking them home. Here are some tips for bringing home a dog and introducing it into your home.
Adopting from a shelter is important.

10 reasons why you should adopt a pet from a shelter

It can be tempting to buy your pet from a breeder, there are lots of advantages to adopting from shelters. Here are reasons why you should adopt a pet from a shelter.
Volunteers from all over North Carolina help rescue residents and their pets from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence.

Here’s what experts recommend you do if you’re thinking about adopting an animal displaced by Hurricane Florence

If you're considering adopting an animal that was displaced by Hurricane Florence, there are some things you should keep in mind. INSIDER spoked to experts to find out the best practices of adopting animals that have survived a natural disaster.