What are the cons of adopting a dog from the streets?
While there are many positive aspects to adopting a dog from the streets, there are many negative reasons associated with this type of adoption.
A street dog has most likely been abandoned by an owner who never took care of it in the first place. These dogs have probably never been to a vet’s office, or even had a vaccination in their lives. Most are not fixed, and many may even have costly diseases.
Adopting a dog from the streets will require a veterinarian visit as soon as possible. There are a number of diseases that can be transmitted to humans, called zoonotic diseases. Giardia, campylobacter and Lyme disease are a few that can be transmitted from dogs to humans. When you are not aware of the fact that a dog has any number of these zoonotic diseases, you can easily acquire them yourself.
Behavioral issues are another reason not to adopt a dog from the streets. Sometimes, a dog is on the street for a reason. The dog may not be housebroken, dislikes cats or even bites. A dog may be on the street because he tears up furniture or eats shoes. Sometimes, with a little patience and love, you can correct bad behaviors in dogs, but this is not always a guarantee.
When you adopt a dog from the streets you need to be aware of the fact that the dog could simply be lost. An owner somewhere may be looking for the dog. In this case, you would not want to get too attached to the animal you may have to eventually return. However, in most states, if after seven days the owner is not found, this is no longer an issue. This is also the same length of time that shelters are required to hold a stray animal before adopting or euthanizing it.
While adopting a dog from the streets is a noble act, there may be some serious drawbacks to doing so. Please keep these in mind when considering adopting one from the street. While it can be a good experience, there is a large chance that it will be a nightmare or a heartbreaking encounter.