Best animal shelter in London to adopt a puppy

Best animal shelter in London to adopt a puppy

On the occasion of World Puppy Day here is an article that will tell you more about the conditions of adoptions and shelters in London if you want to take the plunge.

The first thing to know if you want to adopt a dog is that they are not as calm animals as cats are for the most part they are not as independent either. Especially if you choose a puppy they are very energetic, not very orderly you have to teach them to be clean, to listen, to sit etc. as if you were raising a child.

So this involves a lot of responsibility and if you are not sure you are able to overcome it then it is better to wait until you are rather than rush into the life of a living being.

Another thing to know is that you have to have time, young puppies won't have the patience to wait for you all day until you come home from work without doing anything stupid.

If you know that you won't be home very often and that your pet may damage things that are very important to you then again it's best to postpone your decision.

The good news is that there are many places in London where you can bring your dog with you, open spaces, coworking areas, restaurants, pubs etc. The politics of the country is very "pet friendly" so you can if you wish bring your pet everywhere with you, both at work and when you go out with your friends.


is a highly rated refuge where you can come for £2 to walk with animals from the refuge either because you want to adopt one soon and want to spend time with him first or because you want a cuddly and loving break in your difficult week. Animals have been proven to reduce stress. You also have the possibility to fill in a form about your expectations regarding the animal, how much time per day you will be able to devote to him/her etc. Depending on the situation, the shelter will propose you a dog or cat that would potentially suit you. However it seems that this shelter is very demanding on the conditions of adoption of animals, you will have to prove that the animal will be treated in the best possible way.

If you are adopting a dog you should know that it will cost you between £155 and £185 but this price includes the initial veterinary costs such as vaccination, puching and neutering which is not negligible.

Wood Green
is a shelter which contains all kinds of animals, dogs, cats, small animals of all kinds, you will be able to discover before going to visit them all the animals it contains with the description sheet containing the breed, name, age, character and a photo to make you melt for sure. You can also find backyard animals, advice on how to raise and care for an animal and even attend workshops to help you better understand what the animals want.

Cats Protection league
is a shelter for cats mainly, if you are looking for a meowing hairball, this is where you will find most of them. You will find cats of all ages from the smallest to the biggest and of all coat colours. Just like the Battersea they will be very demanding as to the living conditions you can offer the cat, they will even come to visit your house before you can have the animal. As for the very small cats, they can only be adopted in pairs so that they are not separated, while the older cats will be able to follow you on their own. Prices range from £75 for a single cat to £150 for two small kittens.

Mayhew Animal Home
is a shelter with a very good reputation. You will find on their site all the information you need to see if an available animal calls you thanks to the information sheets, they even tell you if living in an apartment is possible for each type of dog.


It's very important to think about the consequences and the different choices you'll have to make for your pet, such as deciding in advance where the puppy will sleep. Most puppies prefer an enclosed area to be used as a refuge if things get too stressful, so consider getting a crate for their bed or basket, it should be warm, dry and comfortable, away from draughts and provide a nice blanket or special bed so the puppy doesn't decide to sleep on your couch. The security that a crate provides is perfect for young puppies, be careful not to disturb him when he is in his space, the crate should not be located in your room preferably so as not to set up bad habits when he grows up if you want to avoid him climbing on your bed, it is obvious that if he becomes cumbersome it will become complicated to make him understand that things have changed or even impossible. In addition, they also need their personal space just as keeping yours is important.

Many puppies are used to crying at night, especially during the first week in a new home because they are scared, the situation is unknown to them they don't feel safe yet, so the more you can make the bed warm, the more comfortable they will feel. Try to use a hot water bottle or a cuddly toy that is safe for the animals.

No puppy, or dog for that matter, should be left alone for long periods of time as mentioned above if your schedule does not allow you to take care of them then it is best to give up the idea. Dogs that are left alone for long periods of time can develop anxiety and cannot bear being separated from their owners.

A few tips to make your absences less difficult for your pet: Teach your puppy to tolerate short absences; leave him in a room, close the door and leave. After a few minutes, go inside but don't greet him. When you've done this several times, extend the absence up to 30 minutes. If your puppy is in distress and starts barking, chewing or scratching at the door, you should shorten the absence period.

Walk or play with your puppy before you leave so he has a chance to calm down, and give him a meal as well, so he has a better chance of falling asleep. Leave him something to chew on to keep him occupied. Some growing puppies will be comforted by familiar sounds, so you can try leaving the TV on, or even recording several minutes of your family's conversation.

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Written by: Lisa Lambert, Staff Writer

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