How to Adopt a Dog?

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Their lives do matter.

When we rescue a dog from the streets, we also take on the responsibility of finding the dog a good and suitable home. With an innocent life in our hands, the onus is on us to ensure its well-being and safety.

Whether you are an experienced or first-time dog owner, we believe that being a responsible adopter entails adapting to a different lifestyle and embracing the responsibilities that come with it.

At SOSD, we adopt a meticulous screening process to ensure the best outcome for both the adopter and the dog. We believe every genuine and serious adopter will understand the care taken in our screening process, which is done in the best interests of the dog.

Some things we look out for when you adopt a dog:
  • Why do you want to adopt a dog?
    Yes, it’s important for us to understand why you are adopting. Puppies may be cuddly and adorable (yes, we at SOSD go gaga over doe-eyed puppies too!), but it cannot be the primary reason for adopting, as people tend to get bored of them when they grow out of their cute stage. Adopters should have a genuine love for the dog and a commitment to ensure the dogs’ continued well-being, and this will entail time, effort and expense.
  • Do you have the agreement of your entire household to adopt a dog?
    As the age-old adage goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” A dog might not be a child, but the unwavering support required from your household remains the same. Thus, we would need to speak to the entire household to be sure that everybody is agreeable to committing to adopt a new family member. It is also a great way for us to get to know the potential family that the dog will be spending its lifetime with and answer any queries they may have. We’d also like to talk to the main caretaker of the dog, and get to know him/her.
  • What is your lifestyle like?
    Finding a dog whose energy levels match your lifestyle is beneficial for all involved. For example, an adopter who is mostly out of the house or who is very busy will not be suited for a dog that requires a lot of daily exercise and stimulation, and may be better paired with an older or more sedentary dog.
  • Where will the dog’s home be?
    While landed properties are most ideal, dogs can do very well living in apartments, as long as their basic needs are met daily and they are given a huge dose of TLC! Living space is an important consideration, particularly for apartment living — being a considerate neighbour helps foster a harmonious environment.
  • Pre-adoption and follow up visits by our SOSD Rehomer.
    Pre- and post-adoption home visits help us understand how the dog will be living, and to ensure that, post-adoption, both dog and family are adapting well.
  • Are you a first-time adopter or dog owner?
    Life as a street dog can be very hard. Some have been abused; some have had other bad, traumatic experiences with humans. They will require adopters who will be very patient, loving and understanding to help them regain their confidence and trust of humans again. For happy, loving endings (don’t we all love those?), we will offer first-time dog owners extra guidance, and careful pairing of the dog to the adopter.
  • Are you financially prepared to care adequately for the dog?
    Like us humans, dogs need their regular vaccines and access to quality healthcare, in the event that they fall ill. Veterinary care in Singapore does not tend to be cheap. Thus, it will be prudent to do some research and get an idea of the financial commitment required to provide adequate care for the dog you intend to adopt. We may sound like strict headmasters and mistresses (we are in reality really friendly!), but it all stems from our passion, love and sense of responsibility for our furkids. As such, we want to ensure that our dogs go to homes in which they will be loved and cherished. It is the very least we can do for them — because their lives do matter.

Once you’ve given it due consideration and decide that it’s a commitment you are ready to undertake, we welcome you to Register Your Adoption Interest Here!

The Dog Adoption Process

Before you decide on a lifetime of bliss together with your potential dog, here’s what to expect:

  • One-Week Home Stay
    This is the period for you and your dog to get acquainted with each other. Take this time to understand your dog’s needs and to ascertain if its temperament is suitable for your home environment, and this includes members of your family as well.
  • House Visits
    An SOSD Rehomer will need to visit your home:

    • Before home stay: to assess your living conditions and if it’s suitable for the dog.
    • During home stay: to assess your relationship with your dog and check on its well-being. This is a great time to bring up any issues or concerns you may have to your assigned dog rehomer.
    • After home stay: to sign the adoption papers and officiate your new addition to your home!
    • Subsequently: necessary post-adoption house visits.
  • Adoption Fee
    All adopters need to pay a non-refundable adoption fee of $300. This is to cover the cost of microchipping, three vaccinations, sterilisation and administration.
  • Sterilization
    If your puppy is yet to be 6 months of age, a sterilisation voucher will be issued to you for use at any of our pre-approved veterinary clinics when it is ready. Should you have a preferred clinic, please bring proof of sterilisation to SOSD within four weeks of sterilisation. Sterilisation helps to prevent unwanted puppy litters in your community, and can also help to curb certain behavioural issues and aid in the prevention of some cancers in dogs.
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