And, yes, you can foster too – if you’re not able to commit to a full time dog but would still love to help out, why not open your home to a pup for a month or two here and there? It’s a great help and not a lifelong commitment.

Remember, when fostering/adopting it’s important to think about how energetic you are (be honest!). Dogs are a great way to get more active, but it’s also important to find a dog with a compatible energy level to you. If you love sitting on the couch watching TV, find a pup that will be just as happy to do so. Also, ask the volunteers and organisers at the shelter for their  thoughts on the dogs, they know them all very well, warts and all.