August 18, 2022

An Australian Shepherd dog in a pink and rose gold Valgray for Dogs collar while outside with its South African owners

What does the puppy and dog adoption process entail? Firstly… Woohoo! Don't even get us started on how HAPPY we are to see you here! Secondly, we're so excited about you wanting to adopt a dog (or dogs!) because many loveable souls in animal shelters deserve to live their best lives in a forever home filled with love.

That said, we know how intimidating the doggy adoption process can be. The requirements for would-be dog owners make finding and bringing a new dog home even scarier, right?! So, without further adieu, here is our guide to dog adoption! 

A Great Dane in a Valgray for Dogs Bone Grey and gold dog collar sitting face to face with its owner in the South Africa veld.

Most animal shelters have criteria you must meet to adopt a dog or puppy. And, just like human child adoption, you will need to prove you can care for your new furry family member.  

These are some of the things you might be asked: 

  • Your age and the dog's age
  • Job, working hours and whether is someone is home during the day
  • Willingness and financial ability to accept all the care and needs of the dog/s
  • Where you intend to let your new dog/s sleep at night
  • Access to a safe enclosed area for the dog/s to exercise and play
  • Full access to secure 'toilet areas' 
  • Age of children (if any)
  • Other pets (if any) 


A happy black dog with its tongue hang out while walking on a Valgray for Dogs leash at F.A.L.L.E.N. Angels Pet Rescue
  • Valgray for Dogs adoption tip 1: Adjust your expectations
    It's important not to head to a shelter with the idea that you will meet 'your dog' right away. We know the excitement of bringing home a doggo of your very own is all that's on your mind at the moment, but you've got to manage your expectations because they stop you from getting to know each dog properly, blind you to dogs with tons of potential and are a surefire way to leave any visit feeling disappointed and unmotivated. Visit different local animal shelters, dog homes and rescues organisations multiple times to get more familiar with the dogs before deciding. 
  • Valgray for Dogs adoption tip 2: Keep note of dogs that catch your eye
    During your visits, you'll see a lot of puppies and dogs, all of whom need a loving home. Write down the dogs' names, descriptions and current homes and arrange to go back to see the dogs who pulled at your heartstrings most. 
  • Valgray for Dogs adoption tip 3: Don’t rush
    We know you’re eager to adopt an adorable pooch (like right now!) but being a pet parent means a lifelong commitment and friendship with your pooch, so be patient when searching for the dog destined to be yours. Spend as much time with the dogs as possible to get to know them.
  • Valgray for Dogs adoption tip 4: Reserve judgement
    Understand that the dogs aren’t in a home environment and may be quieter or more energetic than they’ll be once they settle down. Quiet, reserved dogs are often just missing out on human attention while being confined in a shelter for a long period of time could result in energy building up and making a dog seem hyperactive. 


A small white mixed-breed dog panting with excitement during Valgray for Dogs visit to F.A.L.L.E.N. Angels Pet Rescue in Cape Town

You've FINALLY found the one (...and two, three and four—we won't judge)! Now it's time to ask all the important questions before taking your dog home.  

  1. What is my dog's health history?
    You shouldn't leave a shelter without asking about a dog's previous health history and vaccination records because this information will help you understand your dog's care and health needs. Remember to ask: 
    • How long have they lived at the rescue? 
    • Is there any information about their history before arriving at the shelter? 
    • Are they safe around other animals and kids? 
    • When was their last round of inoculations?
    • When were they last dewormed?
  2. When can I bring my new dog home?
    Years ago, some dog charities would let a dog go to their new home straight away, but today it's standard for most rescue organisations to only allow a dog/s to leave with a new owner after:
    • A full health check-up: To ensure your dog has no underlying problems and is completely healthy before you take them home with you. 
    • Inoculations update: Dogs need vaccinations and regular boosters to prevent a host of illnesses and diseases, including 'core vaccines' for: canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis/Adenovirus/kennel cough, canine parvovirus, rabies, parainfluenza; and a wide range of ‘non-core’ vaccines that your dog may need based on their current health condition. 
  3. Sterilisation
    You're probably wondering why the wait for sterilisation is necessary. Local animal shelters are already inundated with loads of puppies and older dogs who need homes. If dog charities don't stop the cycle of unwanted pregnancies that result in abandoned puppies, they become part of the problem. There are already too many precious pups in this world looking for homes. So, waiting a few extra weeks (usually around 2-4 weeks) isn't that big a deal.
    You may have to wait a little longer to take your darling dog home after spaying (female) or neutering (male). Dog shelters do this to:
    • Allow dogs to recover in familiar surroundings
    • Decrease emotional trauma after a big procedure
    • Keep an eye on their stitches
    • Reduces chances of infection 
    • Ensure you don't have to visit a vet to have stitches removed


Marco and Rhode, owners of Valgray for Dogs, standing in front of the F.A.L.L.E.N. Angels Pet Rescue signage in Cape Town


Obviously, we're team ADOPT, and we believe everyone should experience the absolute joy of giving a dog a second (or, in some cases, first) chance at having a great life in a loving home. 

Valgray has pledged to gift every dog successfully adopted from F.A.L.L.E.N. Angels Pet Rescue a gorgeous, easy-to-clean collar with personalised, engraved name tags because they deserve the very best in life!

Haven't considered visiting F.A.L.L.E.N. Angels Pet Rescue to find a dog? It's just 30 km north of Cape Town and well worth a visit! Contact to arrange a visit, or view their website at to see some fabulous floofy friends waiting for someone to find them and take them home.

Please note this blog is for information purposes only. Valgray for Dogs always encourages dog owners to consult a veterinarian before making any decisions regarding canine care, meals, medical issues, oral care, training and behavioural conditions.

Click here to learn more about Valgray and our story. 


Valgray for Dogs

When you shop with Valgray you're not just selecting a brand, you're also a part of the Valgray family and embracing a lifestyle centred around animal welfare, supreme comfort, and impeccable fashion. Our dog collars and accessories are locally produced to radiate elegance and cosiness, ensuring that your furry companion is not only the most stylish but also the happiest pup around. 

We recognize that our customers consider their dogs as family members, which is why we design our dog products with emphasis on quality, style, and comfort. To learn more about our exceptional products, browse our online store or reach out to the Valgray team. We're eager to chat with you and share our fashionable products!

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Valgray is one of the few brands that caters for all dog sizes. From our extra-small collars for the truly tiny pooch to the extra-large collars for giant breeds, we go the extra mile to make sure your fur-babies can put their best paw forward. 

It’s important to measure your pup’s neck to make sure your new collar will fit comfortably. Remember to include some space around the neck for your pooch’s safety and comfort. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to fit two or three fingers between the neck and collar. 

Once you have your doggo’s measurements, check our sizing guide below for the best collar size.


No problem! You can use a variety of household items to safely measure your dog’s neck. See our guide here. 

Don’t have a tape measure lying around? No problem! To learn how to measure your dog's neck safely with various household items, click here.

Valgray luxury dog accessory product sizing guide & sizing chart for extra large, large, medium, small and extra small dog collars. Image from The Valgray Collar Sizing Guide page.


We try our best to cater to every breed, but some doggos might need a little extra at-home customisation to achieve the perfect fit. Making adjustments to our soft, PVC-coated nylon straps at home is easy. Simply use a standard leather punching tool to add additional holes, or use a utility knife to trim the length of your collar.

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