you for your interest in providing a forever
home for a homeless animal
our pet adoption guidelines
- Decide on which animal is best suited for
your home and life
- Search our adoptable dogs
or cats online
- Come visit the facility to meet and greet
- Fill out an application
Have you been thinking about adding a cat or
dog to your family? Wondering if you are
First and foremost, make sure you are prepared
to care for your new pet for its entire life – 15
to 20 years on average for an indoor cat and
6 to 13 years for an indoor dog. Hundreds of
thousands of cats and dogs end up in local
shelters each year because their owners did
consider the responsibilities associated with
having a pet. Make sure
you can provide a loving home for the entire
life of your animal before adopting.
While cats are usually thought of as low
maintenance pets, there are still some lifestyle
that need to be made when adding a cat or kitten
to your household.
Can you make the necessary time commitment
to your new pet?
While cats are considered to be independent,
they still need love and companionship from
their people. Before you commit to the long-term
care of a cat or kitten, evaluate whether you
have the time to devote to your new pet. An
hour or so a few evenings during the week and
part of most weekends is generally enough time
to allow you and an adult cat to develop a
caring bond. Kittens, on the other hand, require
more care and attention.
Can you make the financial commitment to properly
care for your new pet?
When adopting a cat, there are certainly more
expenses to consider than just the fee paid
to the shelter or rescue agency. Initial and
ongoing, supplies, medical expenses, and care
while you are out of town all need to be factored
into the economic decision of whether or not
to adopt a cat or kitten.
If this is your first
cat, you will need to consider the cost of
the following essential
* Litter, scoop and litter box(es)
* High quality cat food as well as food and water dishes
* Grooming supplies – brush, claw clippers, etc.
* Scratching posts of varying textures and design
* Cat carrier
Young kittens need three distemper shots,
each 3-4 weeks apart, and then a rabies vaccine
between 14 and 16 weeks of age. Between four
and six months, your new kitties will need
to be spayed or neutered. This surgery is important
for the long-term health of your new pet – kittens
spayed or neutered before reaching sexual maturity
have a significantly lower risk of dying from
reproductive cancer. Spaying or neutering your
pet is the single most effective method to
help avoid the development of hormone driven
Is your house adequately prepared?
While cats do not require a lot of space – they
are often touted as the ideal pets for apartment
living – you will need to make some changes
before bringing kitty home. Make sure potentially
dangerous items are put safely away, out of
your cat's reach – rubber bands, string,
moth balls, curtain cords, poisons and shopping
bags with handles. Also, be sure to make yourself
aware of which household plants may be poisonous
to your cat. The Cat Fanciers' Association
maintains a list of plants that are poisonous
Before taking on that furry friend one should
consider many things. Caring for a dog is more
than simply providing food and water, it requires
a lot of time and hard work. This responsibility
should not be entered into lightly. If you
plan to adopt a dog you should understand that
you are making a commitment to an animal for
all the years of his life. Shelters are full
of dogs brought in by people who were unprepared
for the responsiblity and time involved in
taking care of them.
Keep in mind these key points when deciding if
a dog is right for you and your family.
* Supplies - In addition to food, dogs need
treats, collars, leashes, toys, bowls - well
the list goes on and on.
* Veterinary care - Regular trips to the Vet for yearly checkups and to keep
immunizations current. You must also be prepared for the unscheduled visits
when your dog is ill or injured.
* Training - Most if not all dogs need to be trained if you want to see the behavior
you desire. You can train your dog yourself but obedience classes are highly
recommended because they help socialize your dog to many different types of
people and other dogs.
* Daily exercise - You should have the time to walk your dog twice a day for 30
minutes or more depending on the size and energy level of your dog. Daily exercise
will keep your dog happy and healthy.
* Grooming - Dogs require regular baths and grooming. Depending on the type
of dog you have daily brushing may be necessary. Some breeds need to be taken
to a qualified groomer to keep them looking and smelling their best.
* Size and breed - A major consideration for anyone contemplating adopting
a dog is the dogs' size and breed. Many breeds have certain traits that go with
the territory. For instance, Chihuahuas are notorious for yapping. Working dogs
like Sheppards, Collies and mixed breeds need a lot of exercise.
It is very wise for an individual to do some
research related to dogs before adopting one.
Learning about what to expect can better prepare
the new dog owner and thus lead to an easier
transition for the dog. The decision to adopt
a dog should not be made without first giving
some deep thought to all that is involved.
Take the time to find a dog that will fit
into your lifestyle. The decision to adopt
a dog should be made by all family members
involved, even the children.
Dogs are like people, they are not perfect
and they do make mistakes. Before you decide
to adopt a dog consider whether you can be
as forgiving toward your dog as he will be
toward you. If you are prepared for the responsibility
and the unconditional love, then it's time
to go adopt your new best friend!
As you can see,
the decision to adopt a cat or dog should
not be taken lightly. There are many important
factors that should be considered when you
are thinking about bringing a new furry friend
into your life. After weighing these and
other factors, if you do decide to adopt,
you will know that you are doing a beautiful
and responsible thing by providing a life
long home to a cat or dog who, in turn, will be
your devoted companion for many years to
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