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Cover for the book, What to Expect When Adopting a Dog. Features several pictures of dogs across the front with a blue background.

What to Expect When Adopting a Dog: A Guide to Successful Dog Adoption for Every Family

Author: Diane Rose Solomon · Subject: Animals


What to Expect When Adopting a Dog is a guide to successful dog adoption and pet parenting for every family. Anyone considering a new dog has questions, mainly when thinking about adopting a shelter dog. What to Expect When Adopting a Dog offers expert advice from rescue specialists and organizations, veterinarians, dog parents, and pet business owners. The book provides links to the best, most relevant articles from pet professionals along with some useful products, making it a one-stop shop for the most asked dog-related questions, before, during, and after adoption.

What to Expect When Adopting a Dog answers questions like:

  • Whether dog adoption is right for you
  • How to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue group
  • How to prepare your home for a new furry member
  • How to integrate your new pup into your home, family and lifestyle.

In five modules, Certified Humane Education Specialist and award-winning author Diane Rose-Solomon leads the reader through all the steps they should take to decide on a dog, the adoption process, and lifelong care. And, with the shorter lives of animals, she delivers a heartfelt chapter on saying goodbye to a pet.

There are thousands of dogs waiting for a loving home. This book educates a prospective dog parent on what to expect, helping make the experience easier and more joyous.

About the Author

After rescuing a puppy 21 years ago, Diane Rose-Solomon became increasingly involved in animal rescue and education and served for years on the board of directors of a small grassroots animal rescue and aid organization. In 2009 to give back more to the animal community, she became a Certified Humane Education Specialist through Humane Society University. She then combined her humane and creative interests and published her first two books, award-winning JJ the American Street Dog, and How He Came to Live in Our House and the sequel JJ Goes to Puppy Class.”

Diane enjoys reading the JJ books to children in schools, libraries and at adoption events. Her goal is to educate children and adults about how compassion extends to all beings, human and animal. To this end, she founded Team Kindness, a program where children, families, and teachers can learn about and engage in kind, and humane educational activities.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, and two rescued dogs.


“An insightful, smoothly written, and useful guide for new canine owners.” – Kirkus Reviews

“This book shows that adopting a dog can reward you with years of companionship, joy, and unconditional love.” – 5 Star Review- Kristine Morris Foreword Reviews

“The book is a perfect guide on what to think about, how to prepare for the change, and, most importantly, how to deal with challenges that might arise after adoption. Whenever I hear someone say they are thinking about getting a dog, I will surely recommend them this book as their first step.” – 4.5/5 Star Review, Meghana Hulsure, Seattle Book Review

What to Expect When Adopting a Dog by Diane Rose-Solomon is a handbook that every dog lover should have, a book that is written from experience and from the heart.” – 5 Star Review, Romauld Dzemo San Francisco Book Review

“Chapters address how to determine whether one’s household is a good ‘fit’ for a dog, what to expect at shelter/rescue organizations, how to prepare one’s home, how to integrate a new dog into one’s life, and much more.” – Small Press Bookwatch


Cover for the book, What to Expect When Adopting a Dog. Features several pictures of dogs across the front with a blue background.

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