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Old 08-05-2013, 06:53 AM   #1
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Default Co-Adopting a Yorkie (Dog)

Mom just called me so we could look at the yorkie located at the shelter. We'll see about the adoption. I'll let you know.

QUESTION: Have any of you co-adopted a dog/cat?
How did it work for you?
How did you work out the logistics and home sharing?
Vet bills, etc.

First questions to ask.
I'm sure I'll have more.

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No, I have never co-adopted. I just want to wish you luck in your decision. I'm excited actually.
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I haven't done that. I've heard of co-owning, but typically the dog lives in one person's home. It would seem to me like home sharing might be a little confusing for the dog...especially since he's coming out of a shelter situation & needs stability.
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I haven't done that. I've heard of co-owning, but typically the dog lives in one person's home. It would seem to me like home sharing might be a little confusing for the dog...especially since he's coming out of a shelter situation & needs stability.
I agree. I have never co adopted before. I would want to make all the decisions for my guy. If you do you should draw up a contract and get it notarized. Make sure you cover everything. You both have room to love. Both of you should just go in and adopt 2 dogs. You won't be sorry you did.
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:34 AM   #5
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The down side of co-owning is if you live in separate places, and later down the road if you move separate ways. I agree with above figure out contract for just in case. No one hopes to go separate ways but it happens more often.
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I have never co-adopted but I have done co-adoptions. In almost every case it is with either someone who is elderly and they make arrangements for a son/daughter or neice/nephew to co-adopt in the unlikely case they are not able to care for the dog in the far future.

With our rescue part of the contract is a person cannot transfer ownership of any dog or cat adopted by us. We will work with them if for some reason they have to rehome the pet to a close friend or relative (basically we go through the entire adoption interview and reserve the right to refuse).
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:58 AM   #7
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I would think it could be very hard on a dog to go back and forth from one house to the other.
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First of all, your Yorkie isn't going to know anything about Co-Adoption, it's just going to see two People, and two Places it has to deal with.

IT WILL deal with it, and don't be surprised if you aren't the preferred Human or Residence.

Sorry, but you asked.
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My sister and her ex adopted a puppy together many years ago when they were a couple. They separated - but maintained a good relationship & share their dog.

The "ex" is the "custodial parent" really but my sister gets the dog several times per year for a few weeks at a time and on various weekends. The dog is now 12 years old.

When the dog visits at my sister's home, she's perfectly comfortable. She knows my sister is her human and settles right in as if she always lived there.

My sister is very responsible and also shares in the senior dog's medical care. You'd have to take that on too. My sister also got in trouble with her ex one time for getting the dog groomed the wrong way - but everybody got over that little spat.

It could work. Dogs have wonderful memories of their owners. If you spend significant time with the pup, he/she will adjust to both of you and both homes.

It could be a wonderful experience if you're really willing to share the good times and bad ones too.

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Had the unfortunate of being the primary support person for a friend who was getting a divorce - the number one issue in the divorce were the two dogs - my friend could not stand the idea I'd them being separated because they had grown up together for 8 years and that was the solution the judge wanted.

It was awful. How can you decide who to take and who to abandon to some one else that you actually thought was just being vindictive not really being alla aout the dogs. Ripped us to pieces.

I would think very carefully about co-ownership! They had all been in love when the family was formed and it ended badly! I will never forgetnitmas long as I live.
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I doubt the shelter is going to let you co-adopt on the paperwork if you live at different addresses, though I doubt they will mind if you actually share the dog. Be ready to decide which is the legal owner and who foots the vet bills. Only you and your Mom can work out what you're comfortable with as to the details.

I've seen it work, and it's a better life for the dog than sitting in the shelter. Good luck!
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Hey its you and your mom, not a boyfriend or girlfriend so Im sure it will work out. The dog will be spared from a shelter and gets twice the love and most likely will never have to be boarded and get all that affection!
Good for you!
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Dogs adapt easily….whatever works for you both and the dog….I'm sure will be fine, as long as you both, have his best interest at heart
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you should each adopt separate dogs even go to your kennal club and look up all the different dog breeds
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