Ask Questions Before Adopting a Dog

Adopting a dog is a very noble thing to do, and even though most people do not consider it as an option – people who do consider it come across the overwhelming feeling full of questions.

Even though you might not have all the answers right now, this should not be the reason to give up on the idea of adoption.

Luckily, you are in the right place as in this article, I will help provide the most important questions and answers to all of them from my personal experience.

And if you still have any questions that I did not answer in this post – just let me know in the comments down below!

Benefits of Adopting a Dog

If you are someone who loves to help and is not afraid of taking the risk and jumping into the adoption – the rewards can be really high.

Not many people even know the benefits of adopting a dog, however, here are some of the best ones you have to consider:


But What Questions Should You Ask Before the Adoption?

It might take a bit of time, but once you find the dog you really like – of course that no matter how much you like the dog, you will have some questions to ask.

But what questions are you okay to ask and what shouldn’t be asked?

Let me just tell you that there is no right or wrong question and if you’re really serious about adopting a dog – you can ask anything that will ease your mind and make you comfortable with the adoption.

However, I have created a list of some of the most important questions you should ask/wonder about:


  • Dog’s story
  • Time spent at the shelter
  • If there are any previous adoptions
  • Dog’s age
  • Any possible illness or injuries in the past
  • Is there any history of abuse?
  • General health care
  • Did the dog live indoors or has the dog been trained?

The most common question you could ask in the shelter is to know a bit more about the dog’s story.

This will tell you a lot more about the dog but also it will give you a couple of hints to other questions you might be wondering as well.

Therefore, while you are listening to the dog’s story, you’ll also learn more about the dog’s history, how he reacts to others, are there any behavioral issues, or even what type of a collar is the dog used to wearing.

These might not seem like really important things at first, but it is not all about the person who is adopting the dog.

It is also about the dog as you will not only give him a good home, but you want him to become super comfortable during his first moments in there.

Most people also wonder how long the dog has been at the shelter and do not worry – that is not a rude question to ask.

In fact, most shelters give this information out to really help people and families visualize the dog’s story.

Along with this question, you will also be able to find out whether someone adopted the dog you are interested in in the past and if yes, the reason for its return to the shelter.

This might be really important for some families.

When you get to know more about the dog, you will also learn more about its age, any possible illnesses he is prone to or if there have been any injuries in the past.

Even though these things might seem really natural you should write them down in case you forget, and the shelter does not really give you out much information!

Along with this question, you will also be able to find out whether the dog has any history of abuse.

This should not change the way you feel about the dog, but it will tell you more about its personality and even the reason for some strange behavior you have noticed.

This will lead you to find out the dog’s general health and how his care was during his time at the shelter.

From my experience and knowledge, all dogs are very well taken care of in the shelter and their health is always boosted.

This means that you will not have to get him all the vaccinations or treatments the dog requires as your work has been done by the shelter.

From there on, you can ask more questions that will help you really get to know the dog (even if you do not spend a lot of time with it at first).

Whether the dog lived indoors or outdoors and if he has been trained can tell you a lot about its progress – but also the situation he is in and how you can step in and take it from there.

Some people even get the dogs’ favorite toys and games as this is something, they will feel comfortable around at all times and this might help you accommodate the dog to your home (to its new home).

Even though the shelter might not have all the answers to your questions, as long as you know the things you should keep in mind and observe for – you’ll be able to learn a lot more about the dog than just playing around with it.


Dog adoption is such a noble thing and it is sad that not many people consider it. Every dog is special in a way and every dog has a story.

All dogs are equally important and even though none of us can help get all the dogs out of shelters into nice homes – we can all contribute to improving the situation.

Considering all the benefits that come with the adoption of a dog – there is no reason not to check out your local shelter first if you are actually interested in getting a dog.

What are your thoughts on dog adoption? Did you ever adopt a dog?


I would like to hear your thoughts on adopting a dog and what to ask or know before adopting. You may leave your questions and comments in the section below and I will be happy to respond.


All the best,


Founder/Creator: Love A Rescue Dog🐶



“Saving one animal won’t change the world, but for that one animal, the world changes forever”


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