Adopting a Dog is Like Adopting a Child

Adam and his adopted dog, Buster, the first day he got him.

My son, Adam, has wanted a dog ever since he moved into his own apartment.  Since he has disabilities, this is a very big step for him.  We told him to wait until he proved his responsibility and he did.  Now it was time start looking for the right dog.

We started looking online at the major adoption organizations and we tried to limit our favorites to only the dogs that met my son’s requirements.  Friendliness with strangers and being house trained were two big ones. 

The online sites all required the completion of their adoption form, plus the form of the agency where the dog was staying.  The forms were very detailed and lengthy so this process took some time and it was tiring. 

Questions like, “How will we discipline this dog?” and “How much money are we willing to spend on vet bills?” were asked.  These were questions that we weren’t sure how to answer.  If we gave the wrong answers would my son be disqualified as a dog owner? 

After two weeks we hadn’t heard back from any of the agencies.  Had we failed filling out the applications?  Was my son being considered to be a foster dad?  We were both feeling anxious and we questioned whether we had given the right answers on the forms.

I can’t imagine how much anxiety an adoptive parent feels while waiting for a response from an adoption agency. 

I am happy to say that after two weeks of nail biting we were contacted and my son has adopted the perfect dog that fits all of his requirements.  Buster is a small, friendly, house-trained and cuddly dog who loves to sleep on my son’s bed and sit by him on the couch.  He has been accepted by his canine cousins, too, and we all love him.  

Buster is a little dog with a big heart and plenty spunk. He claimed the top of the couch right away!