At Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota, our mission is to provide loving homes to dogs in need. We are an all-volunteer, non-profit group dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and placing these furry friends in the arms of their perfect forever family. Our dogs are fostered in the homes of our volunteers, where they are treated as family members until they find their new homes. In this article, we will walk you through the adoption process and discuss the importance of prioritizing the needs of the dog and demonstrating patience and understanding as your new pet adjusts to its new surroundings.

Step 1: Research and Preparation

Before embarking on the adoption journey, it’s important to do some research and self-assessment. Consider factors such as your lifestyle, living situation, and the amount of time you can devote to a pet. Small dogs come with their own unique set of requirements and preferences, so it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of what to expect when bringing a small dog into your life.

Step 2: Browse Our Available Dogs

Browse our current list of available dogs. Each dog has a unique story, and our website provides detailed information about their personalities, backgrounds, and any special needs they may have. Keep in mind that it’s essential to focus on finding a dog that will fit well with your lifestyle, rather than simply choosing based on appearance.

Step 3: Submit an Adoption Application

Once you’ve found a dog that you believe will be a good fit for your family, submit an adoption application. Our team will carefully review your application to ensure that you can provide a suitable home for the dog. This process may include a background check, references, and a home visit to ensure the safety and well-being of the dog.

Step 4: Meet the Dog

If your application is approved, you’ll be invited to meet the dog in person. This is a crucial step in the adoption process, as it allows you to interact with the dog and ensure there is a connection between you and the potential new family member. Keep in mind that some dogs may be shy or nervous during the first meeting, so it’s important to approach the interaction with patience and understanding.

Step 5: The Homecoming

Once the adoption is finalized, it’s time to bring your new furry family member home. This transition can be overwhelming for the dog, so it’s important to prioritize their needs and be patient as they adjust to their new environment. Here are some tips for helping your new pet settle in:

  1. Establish a routine: Consistency is key when helping a dog feel secure in its new surroundings. Establish a daily routine for feeding, walking, and playtime to provide structure and predictability.
  2. Create a safe space: Provide a comfortable area for your dog to retreat to when they feel overwhelmed or need some quiet time. This could be a crate, a separate room, or a designated corner with a comfortable bed and some toys.
  3. Gradual introductions: Introduce your dog to new people, pets, and environments gradually. This will help prevent them from feeling overwhelmed and allow them to build confidence at their own pace.
  4. Be patient: It’s essential to be patient and understanding as your dog settles into its new home. Some dogs may take longer than others to adjust, and that’s perfectly normal. Offer support, reassurance, and love as they navigate this new chapter in their lives.
  5. Seek professional help if needed: If you’re struggling with your dog’s behavior or adjustment, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional trainer or behaviorist for guidance and support.

Adopting a dog from Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota is a rewarding and life-changing experience, both for you and your new furry companion. By prioritizing the needs of the dog and demonstrating patience and understanding during the adoption process, you’ll be well on your way to creating a loving and nurturing forever home for a small dog in need.

Remember, our team at Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota is always here to support you and your new pet throughout the adoption journey and beyond. We are committed to helping you build a strong, lasting bond with your small dog, and we’re just an email away if you have any questions or concerns.

Adopting a small dog is a wonderful way to provide a loving home for a deserving animal while enriching your own life in the process. By following the steps outlined above and maintaining patience and understanding throughout the adoption process, you’ll be well-equipped to welcome your new furry family member into your home and heart. Thank you for considering adoption and for supporting the work of Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota. Together, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of these precious animals.


If you'd prefer to mail your donation check, please send it to:

Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota
P.O. Box  7773
Rochester, MN 55903

Thank you! We (and the dogs) appreciate your donation!

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