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THE shelters are full of older dogs looking for a forever home, so the chances of you finding a suitable match are good.
The best way to get a pet that works for you is to work closely with a rescuer and to avoid taking decisions based on pity or adorable looks.
First, know what you want. A lap dog? A guard dog? A dog that fits in with your two cats and your three kids? A dog that needs a lot of exercise or a little? Make a list, and take it with you when you go to meet potential matches.
Don’t be shy if you are looking for an outdoor guard dog rather than a house pet. There are plenty of dogs who would love to live in a garden with two square meals a day, proper medical care and a kind word and patting from an owner. Just be open with the rescuer on the terms and conditions you are offering to find your match.
Second, explore what work is needed. When adopting, the focus is usually on the positive. Make sure you know the issues your dog has and ask yourself if you can live with these. If you can’t, is it a fixable issue? What would it take? If it may or may not be fixable, could you live with this dog for the next 10 years?
Third, be prepared to shop around. In big shelters with hundreds of dogs, it can be impossible for staff to know each and every dog. If this is the case in your area, ask if the volunteers have bonded with any dogs. If not, shop around with smaller rescuers.
Your shelter will help you connect to someone. Or check Petfinder.my.
FIFI, a two-year-old Poodle , loves being pampered and the centre of attention. She hates cages and will bark if locked up, but she is a very good companion and super-friendly. She adores cuddles and sitting on laps.
She has been spayed and vaccinated. Her adoption fee is RM350.
Interested adopters may ask for Fifi — tag number D185 (270613) — at PAWS, Subang Airport Road, Subang, Selangor, tel: 03-78461087 or visit http://www.paws.org.my for details.
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The shelters are full of older dogs looking for a forever home, so the chances of you finding a suitable match are good.
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