Dog adop­tion adds furry friend to fam­ily

Res­cu­ing a dog is worth­while but there are re­spon­si­bil­i­ties when you get a pet, says.

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des­per­ately need new fam­i­lies to love them.’’

It’s also im­por­tant that peo­ple un­der­stand their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties when they get a dog.

‘‘De­sex­ing just one dog pre­vents many un­wanted pup­pies be­ing born,’’ says Casey. ‘‘If own­ers can’t af­ford it, the SPCA of­fers free de­sex­ing op­er­a­tions. The coun­cil in­cen­tivises de­sex­ing by of­fer­ing re­duced reg­is­tra­tion fees for de­sexed dogs.’’

‘‘Mi­crochip­ping your dog and keep­ing your con­tact in­for­ma­tion up to date means we can re­unite you and your dog if you get separated too,’’ she adds.

There are thou­sands of un­wanted dogs who would love to have a ‘hap­pily ever af­ter’ story just like Lou’s. ’’There is a look that all res­cue dogs have in their eyes. It’s a grate­ful­ness, pure ap­pre­ci­a­tion and so much love and loy­alty. Lou isn’t just a dog; our fam­ily wouldn’t be the same with­out him,’’ says Neave.

For more in­for­ma­tion about adopt­ing from your local pound, SPCA or dog res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tion, Google ‘dog adop­tion’ or ask for ad­vice on Neigh­bourly.

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