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Megan and Alex | Ben

Updated: Feb 3, 2023

What motivated you both to adopt a rescue dog?

For 2 years, we have been looking after our friends' dogs and have learned so much about how to care for them. That’s when we decided to find our first pet - we knew we wanted to give a rescue dog a warm and loving home. We didn't want to buy a puppy or contribute to puppy mills or anything like that, and especially with the pandemic, we knew there were plenty of rescue dogs looking for their forever homes and that made our decision so much easier.

How did you hear about Rescue Dogs and Cats NL?

We had looked through many rescue pages on Facebook and signed up to many different organisations to try and find our special little buddy - until one day, we spotted little Ben on the "Rescue Dogs and Cats Netherlands” Facebook page.

As soon as I saw his face and read about his story, I knew he would be the perfect match for our little family, and I reached out to them almost immediately to put our name in the hat.

What was your overall experience like with Rescue Dogs and Cats NL?

Fortunately for us, we met Steph from the organisation who was super helpful and insightful on the process and could answer any and all questions we had about the process. The hardest thing about the process was waiting on him to arrive! Everything was done with great precision and there was no stone unturned. Ben arrived safe and sound in Amsterdam fully vaccinated, healthy, and happy.

How has your life changed since Ben joined your family last year?

Our lives have been totally enhanced by Ben's arrival and it's hard to imagine him not ever being here. The little pitter-patter of his paws in the morning comes to wake us up to the little squeaks in his sleep as he naps filling the day with so much joy, and we spend so much time laughing and playing. However, it's not all fun and games, and training has been a huge part of Ben's ability to adjust to life here with us. It’s a lot of effort from us to teach him as he grows into a lovely little dog with so much love to give.

What is one piece of advice you would offer to those considering adopting?

Let them be dogs - let them sniff, play, roll in the mud (even if it means having to shower them and yourself after every walk haha) and shower them with kindness and love and train them with the intent of bettering them so they can live happily without fear.

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