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If it is obvious you cannot find the owner and wish to keep the dog a trip to the vet is next for a complete check-up. The dog will likely need shots and possibly other medicines dictated by this examination. But before jumping into the car and going to the vet please feed and water the dog as he or she is most likely very hungry and thirsty.
Once it has become apparent you wish to keep the dog have a sit down with your family and decide who is going to be responsible for exercising the dog, feeding and water, bathing, and training. If your child is the one who really want you to adopt the dog this should be explained to he or she the care of the dog is going to be their responsibility. This is a great way for children to learn about animals, how to give them the care and love they require and is an excellent way to gauge the level of maturity of your kids.
Adopting a stray dog in my opinion is something all people who find themselves in this situation must seriously consider. If we don’t the dog is usually going to end up dying a miserable death, and nobody wants this to happen.
Have you ever adopted a stray? Please relate your experiences and tips for do so.