can make a Difference!
of pets become lost, abandoned and homeless everyday. Most are
eventually sheltered on an interim basis, awaiting the good fortune
of an adoptive home. The vast majority of these homeless animals
would make someone a great pet. When people tell you that shelter
animals are not good pets, remind them that the original Lassie
as well as Morris and Benji were all shelter animals before they
gained stardom through a second chance with a caring home. Homeless
animals can't become excellent pets if someone doesn't give them
that second chance. Perhaps that lucky (and smart) someone is
it right for me?
Tips on bringing your new pet home
A New Friend from the Animal Adoption League
Potential owners are screened very thoroughly by the Animal Adoption
League. They are required to fill out an application and provide
Vet references along with information on the animals living conditions.
A volunteer will call the Vet to be sure that potential owners
have properly cared for their pets in the past and that all current
pets have been spayed or neutered and are up-to-date on vaccinations.
1) No animal will ever be adopted to outside only homes.
2) Inside/outside homes for dogs must have an existing
fenced yard with shade and a dog house.
3) A home visit will be performed prior to adoption. Promises
to fence in a yard are not accepted.
4) All Applications must be approved by the Adoption Board.
5) A contract must be signed at the time of the adoption.
here for Adoption Forms.
Be a responsible
pet owner. Careful research and planning are essential, since
being a responsible pet owner requires more than just providing
adequate food, water and shelter. Potential pet owners should
agree with these points before bringing a dog or cat home.
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are not disposable! Animals are not articles of clothing to
be thrown out once they are no longer in style. They are capable
of bonding deeply with their families. Adopting a pet means
making a life-long commitment, which can easily be 10-15 years
for dogs and up to 20 years for a cat.
- Don't banish
your dog to the backyard or put your cat outdoors. A dog that
is constantly left alone can develop behavior problems. Dogs
thrive on several hours of exercise and companionship every
day. Cats who live outside face dangers from other animals and
people, and may prey on wildlife. One adult in the home should
be designated as the primary caretaker so that the pet's daily
needs, such as food and water, do not become lost in the shuffle
of busy schedules.
your pet's health and safety. Owning a dog or cat costs more
than the adoption fee. Remember to include basic and emergency
veterinary care, toys, supplies, and food. Spaying and neutering
is also essential for the animal's long-term health and happiness,
while providing the animal with proper identification will ensure
his or her safety.
the right pet for your home. Dogs and cats are not right for
every household. Problems such as allergies, apartment restrictions,
or moving issues should be discovered before adopting a new
pet. Large dogs may be too strong or active for small children.
Small pets may be too delicate for children.
train your dog, and understand cat behavior. Basic training
helps dog owners communicate better with their pets and strengthens
the human-animal bond. Research shows that people who train
their dogs are more likely to keep them. Cats behave differently
than dogs; negative behavior can communicate displeasure or
be the sign of a medical problem. Learn what is appropriate
behavior and what can be changed with training, if needed.
Right For Me?
Adapted from an article on HumaneSocietyAdoptions.com
or even pet ownership is not right for every person. Some people
are too busy to adequately care for a pet. Some families have
no experience with pets and might unintentionally neglect a pet
or put a pet in harm's way. Other people have an entirely wrong
attitude about owning a pet. They want a fashion accessory or
a belonging about which to brag and show off.
pet should be a serious step not taken impulsively. Just because
a puppy or a kitten is cute and seems to enjoy being held by you
is not enough reason to think they will be right for you or you
right for them. Before you adopt anything, carefully look at yourself
and your lifestyle. After you have done that, decide just how
a pet could fit into that lifestyle with you.
When you adopt
a pet you also adopt a number of pet-related responsibilities.
Some of these are:
your adopted pet a good, safe place to live
your adopted pet good medical care
your adopted pet good food to eat and good water to drink -
your pet (if it is a dog) good training
or neutering your adopted pet to cut down on the future numbers
of adoptable pets
your adopted the love, affection, and attention it needs to
be a pet rather than just some animal that happens to be where
The fee you
pay the animal facility or rescue organization will certainly
not be the last money you will have to spend on the health, comfort,
and well being of your pet. One reason that adoption may not be
right for you involves your budget. If you don't have enough money
to care for yourself and your family, don't make things worse
by bringing a pet into your life.
If you travel
a great deal, perhaps an adopted pet isn't right for you at this
time. Pets need consistent care. Simply putting out a week's supply
of food and water is not adequate care for your pet. When you
own a companion animal you must take that pet into consideration
whenever you plan your life's activities. If you are too busy
to take good care of your pet, save yourself some trouble and
your pet a lot of misery and don't adopt a pet!
If you are
the only person in your family that really wants an adopted pet,
perhaps you should not adopt a pet right now. Your family will
need to be actively involved in the care of any pet you own. Simply
bringing a pet home from the Shelter without consulting with your
family is a selfish thing to do and may get the pet off to a bad
If you are
a student about to go off to college, don't saddle your parents
with the care and responsibility of an adopted pet. At college
you may live somewhere pets are not allowed. If they are allowed,
you may have roommates that don't want to share their lives with
someone else's pet. Your schedule may not allow you to provide
adequate care for your adopted pet,
If you are
in poor health, your decision to adopt a pet may have to be modified
somewhat. A large and active dog and a frail person aren't a good
match. A dog will need regular walks outside or a backyard area.
If your health won't allow you to care for your adopted pet then
you and the pet will suffer. Wait until you are in better health
before you add to your responsibilities.
When a pet
is adopted it will bond with and come to love its new owner. This
bond is like the love a child has for its parents. If you aren't
sure that you can keep a pet once you have adopted it, don't adopt
it to begin with. Suppose your parents had decided to return you
to the maternity ward when you were a child, how would that have
made you feel?
You may be
a perfect candidate to adopt a pet. You
may have wanted a cat or dog, kitten or puppy for a long time.
You may have prepared your home and lifestyle for getting a pet.
You may have ample time to care for a pet. You may have read some
books on pet care or talked with a pet expert about the kind of
pet for you. You may have enough money to give the right pet the
If all these
elements are in place you are probably ready, willing, and able
to adopt just the right pet for you. There is still one more step
for you to consider.
careful (and realistic) thought to just what you want in a pet.
Consider the kind of environment into which your adoptive pet
will come. If you and your family are active and boisterous, don't
pick a pet that is laid back and wouldn't enjoy a lively home.
If you enjoy quiet evenings at home don't get an overly exuberant
pet. Consider you energy levels and the things you like to do
and find a pet that can fit into these things.
pet in the right home is a truly happy combination.
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Tips on bringing your new pet home
Congratulations on your new family member! But what do you need to do next??
First, make sure you have all the supplies you will need for your new pet.
- Food, bowls, leash and collar, toys, and a bed to call their own.
- An Id tag. Make sure you have this ready so that you can attach this to your pet's collar immediately.
Next, you will probably need to take your new pet in for a complete vet check-up. This will help ensure they are healthy and happy, and then can be given any needed vaccinations.
Expect a period of adjustment for you new pet. They do not understand what is happening to them, and will need to learn about their new situation. Be patient and give them the love and support they need. Make sure they are eating and drinking. Also watch for diarrhea or frequent urination that can result from nervousness. This situation should clear up after a few days, but if not, contact your veterinarian.
If you have other pets, introduce them gradually. If possible, expose them to items with the other animal's scent, so that it becomes familiar to them before meeting the animal. Also, separate them in the beginning when you leave, until you are sure that they can peacefully co-exist.