Before You Adopt

Things to Consider

Shelters such as ours are often filled with highly adoptable dogs and cats. people have the impression that shelters are filled with destructive, aggressive, or hard to train animals. In reality, many dogs wind up here after their owners die, move away, or when families separate.

Do Your Homework

Think about the kind of life you lead:

  • Gone all day?
  • Kids always underfoot?
  • Quiet and mostly indoors?
  • Do you have other animals?
  • What are your usual activities?
  • Will your new pet be involved in these activities?

Think Long Term. A dog is a 10 to 15 year commitment, cats are 15 to 20. Don’t go into this relationship lightly.

Making the right choice

Choose Personality over Beauty

Experts agree that picking a dog on looks alone can be a recipe for unhappiness. There is nothing wrong with wanting a certain type of dog or breed range, but don’t get so stuck on it that you overlook an animal that may fit better with your life.

The Past Does Not Predict the Future

The animals you see at the shelter, especially some dogs, may not have the best manners, but they can be trained. They may have been abused or neglected, but they can form new relationships and are usually more than willing to learn.

Senior Dog Care Tips

We often have senior dogs available for adoption. Here is a great article on Senior Dog Care by Back On Track:

Adoption Application

Download and complete our Adoption Application or complete one online.

Weekend adoptions can take longer as we need to check references. Please bring vet records for your current pets. This can sometimes allow us to speed up the process for you. Adoptions are done on a first come first served with APPROVED applications only. If you are considering adoption, it is suggested you have your application preapproved so that there is no waiting period.