Adopting a puppy during a pandemic: think about it carefully!

January 17, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased demand for puppies. At the same time, some breeders have been overcharging for their dogs.

Solitude and increased time spent at home has tempted many families to adopt an animal. However, some breeders have been taking advantage of the increased demand for dogs to significantly increase the price of the animals. Whereas the wait to adopt a dog was a few months before the pandemic, you may now have to wait two years to bring a new pet home. So, some families are willing to pay exaggerated amounts in hopes of having their new dog as soon as possible.

The key: being well informed
Because of this significant increase in demand, it is even more important to be well informed before accepting a breeder's asking price. The price of a dog may vary depending on the breed. It is therefore important to take the time to research carefully and to get enough information from reliable sources: purchasing an animal should not be done in a hurry; it is important to take the time to be well informed. In addition, it is very important to find out about the temperament and needs of the breed of dog you wish to adopt, in addition to making sure you choose the right kennel.

More pet abandonment on the horizon? 
With the sudden increase in demand for pets, there is concern about a possible surge in future animal abandonment. Indeed, because they are not sufficiently informed, some prospective adopting families are surprised by what adopting a pet actually represents in terms of cost and time and thus may eventually contemplate abandonment. Other families opt to resell the  animal in order to avoid a financial loss.

Some questions to ask yourself 
Before embarking on the animal adoption process, here are a few straightforward questions to ask yourself to avoid making a wrong decision: 

1. Do I have the financial means to provide for an animal? 
To enlighten you on this subject, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association offers a wealth of information. 

2. Do I have enough time? 
An animal needs a lot of time! You have to take it out several times a day, train it, make sure it “burns” its excess energy and not leave it alone for too long. 

3. Am I choosing this breed for the right reasons? 
A dog's temperament and needs can vary greatly depending on the breed. Don't make the mistake of choosing a dog for its looks! Choose it for its personality.

4. Am I ready to care for the animal for its entire life? 
The average lifespan of a dog is 10 to 13 years. Therefore, one must be prepared to care for the animal, love it and assume the costs of ownership for a minimum of 10 years.

Only time will tell whether the increase in demand will also have caused a rise in the abandonment rate. In the meantime, if you're considering adopting a puppy, make sure you're well informed and take your time. The canine community will love you for it! 


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