By Jet Hall
Advice for prospective
dog adopters (cats, too!)
Shelter dogs make great companions. Many shelters have
an array of dogs & cats ready to be adopted. Choosing the
right pet takes a little work on your part.
Decide what you’re looking for. No two dogs are the
same. Parents of young children may want a dog that’s great
with kids, while single men and women may want a dog that
does not require a lot of maintenance. Adopting a dog that
does not suit your needs can prove problematic for both you
and the animal.
Learn about the dog’s past and personality. No shelter
wants to arrange an adoption and then have the pet owner return
the pet in a few weeks, so many are open about the dog’s
past. Ask for information about the dog’s intake, medical records,
etc. Prospective adopters should also be as observant
as possible upon visiting the shelter, paying attention to how
the dog interacts with staff, shelter visitors and other dogs.
Spend time at the shelter. Adopting a dog is something to
take seriously. Walk around the shelter, observing the dogs
for signs of friendliness, such as pawing and wagging their
tails and pressing against the front of the kennel. Some dogs
may be shy, and some dogs that stay in the back of the kennel
may need more time and training to adapt to a new home,
which might make them more suitable to adopters without
the animal so you get a better feel for how it interacts with
Pets should be considered part of your family. Not a toy,
but a commitment. FWM supports spaying and neutering
your pet. Talk to your veterinarian or visit one of the local pet
clinics. Remember, there are so many dogs and cats that are
just waiting for a forever home!
Keep Your Fur Baby Looking Good!
At Your Pet’s Favorite Spot!
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