One of the most rewarding aspects of adopting a shelter pet is the simple fact that you're saving a life and giving a deserving animal a new home. It feels great to help a homeless pet, and after living at the shelter, your new pet will be especially appreciative of the wonderful life with you.
Shelters have lovable dogs and cats of all shapes, sizes, and ages! Your chances of finding a wonderful companion who matches your lifestyle and family are excellent. About 25% of shelter dogs are purebred. The rest make up the best selection of mixed breeds, many of whom have already lived with families and have the basic social skills they need to become an enjoyable part of your household.
Many dogs end up at the shelter because of circumstances beyond their control. They are healthy and affectionate animals. Any pet, young or old, mixed breed or purebred, will likely need some training or retraining to learn how to fit into his new household and become your cherished companion.
BEFORE YOU GO TO THE SHELTER
Identify your needs.
Are you a parent looking for a pet who loves children?
Are you single, looking for a dog to go everywhere with you?
Do you have other dogs and cats at home?
Do you stay at home alot or do you work long hours?
Do you have a quiet lifestyle, or are you active and looking for an exercise partner?
Puppies can be irresistible, but raising them properly takes alot of time and work. Most adult dogs only require a bit of basic obedience training and a house-training refresher.
GO TO THE SHELTER
Talk to the staff. They are familiar with each pets' personality and traits through daily interaction and volunteer reports.
Take the time to interact with the pet you would like to adopt.
Use your head as well as your heart. Don't let your initial emotions and reactions be your only guide. Your new pet will be part of your family for years to come, so base your decision on your observations of the physical and behavioral health as well.
For more information, log on to www.aspca.org.