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Trying to adopt a dog - any advice?
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Hi everyone. Me and my partner are looking to adopt a dog. We prefer to adopt than buy from a breeder since, aside form the cost, we don't really agree with the principle of buying dogs when there are many homeless dogs in shelters. We have put in a few applications to adopt some of the dogs at our local rescue centre but all our applications fall on deaf ears. They don't even give us explanations as to why our application was unsuccessful. We check carefully to make sure the dogs we apply for are suitable for someone with little prior dog-owning experience.
I have never had a dog, but my partner has. We have a stable relationship, with a stable, above-average income. We own our own home which has a large living room and a decent sized garden . No children. I work from home the majority of days, so the dog will rarely be left at home on their own. We are physically active so our dog would get plenty of exercise with us. We don't have any other pets, but a good friend of ours has a dog we go walking with regularly so our potential dog will have another doggy friend to play with. I think all this makes us very good candidates for adoption.
It is frustrating as we know other couples (and single people) who have successfully adopted dogs with no prior experience of dog ownership. Can anyone give some advice on what we can do to make our application stand out? Is there some critical deciding factor that we're not hitting on?
Any advice would be very gratefully received.