Remember,caring for a pet is a commitment of time and finances. The pet you adopt may be your companion for 15 years –make sure you’re committed to providing for the health and well-being of your furry friend.
Because we have no idea of what medical expenses your adopted pet may incur in its future,we are not responsible for any unforeseen medical or emergency services required for your pet once adopted. Please be prepared to make a sincere commitment to properly care for and love your adopted pet unconditionally for the rest of his or her life
Here are some considerations when selecting your new best friend:
Match your personalities
Match your energy levels
And remember, beauty may be in the eye of the beholder but it takes work to look that good!
Regardless of which dog you choose, all great
friendships blossom when proper care and consideration are taken.We are not only happy to assist you in match-making, but will
provide you with the materials to make it work!
Dogs are sweet and dependable companions, but they are not for everyone. Caring for them is a lot of work, and it's expensive. They'll mess up your house. They need intensive training. They are not for the casual or uninvolved dog owner.
If you are contemplating getting your first dog, think things through carefully: having a dog in your home will change your life.
Make sure that's what you want... the dogs deserve it.
Sadly, that's not always the case. Some wind up in households that really aren't suited for them. Some of these dogs are ignored or neglected, others get bounced around from one home to another as a parade of new owners realize that this is more than they could handle. Many Shelters and Rescues are over flowing because of this Please give this very important consideration!
Remember: you are not buying a toy.
You are adding a family member.
Like people, dogs are individual in the way they age. Certain breeds, mixed breeds, and, in general, smaller dogs tend to live longer. A small dog of less than 20 pounds might not seem to show any signs of age until she is 12 or so. A 50-pound dog won't seem old until about 10. Larger dogs begin to show their age at 8 or 9. With the right care, it's not uncommon for dogs to live to 14 or 15 these days. Make sure you check out our White Whiskers page for wonderful pets!
Puppy through 1 yr. old.........Lots of chewing, not reliably housetrained, needs much attention and training, not good choice if you are gone all day.
1-3 Yr. old........ Still acts like a puppy, may or may not be housetrained, will still chew, needs lots of playtime to burn energy, will become bored easily if left alone too long.
3-5 Yr. Old.......Able to be trusted alone in the house for short periods, needs several hours of playtime daily, will become bored easily, will chew from boredom.5+ .... A perfect dog. Past the chewing stage, reliably housetrained, content to sleep while you are gone, will want to play for a few hours, but will be ready to sleep again when you do.
|Rescuing a dog from a shelter is a wonderful
way to give a dog a second chance at life, and find yourself a new best
friend. But, how do you help start this new relationship off on the
right paw? This FREE
Guide walks you through the first seven days of adopting a rescue
Veterinarian Dr. Susan Wright and Editor Misty Weaver take you through the first seven days, from selecting a dog that will be a good fit with your family (Chapter Four) through to establishing routines (Chapter Seven), and socialization (Chapter Eleven). Each chapter ends with a real story from a family that adopted a rescue dog, sharing with you the joys and the challenges that accompany any adoption.
As you and your dog work together to find a new rhythm together, this guide provides you with the tips and tricks that will make your adoption a little easier and smoother for both master and dog. With some work, a bit of good advice, and a lot of love we know you will change two lives for the better.
Saving Lives: That's right: lives, as in more than one. Adoption saves more than just the life of the pet you adopt. If you adopt from a rescue, you're making room for another dog or you're allowing other dogs at the rescue to be kept for a longer period of time, giving them a better shot at being adopted and creating space so new pets can be rescued.
Adoption is truly a continuous cycle of saving lives and it's the right thing to do!
You know what you're getting (especially if you adopt an adult): There
are a lot of things to consider when you're deciding what kind of
personality your new family member should have. When you adopt an adult
dog or cat from a pet rescue, instead
of buying a puppy at a dog breeder or a pet store, what you
see is what you get. Their personality is already developed, and you'll
be able to spot the characteristics you're looking for much more easily
than with a puppy.
Pet adoption = an instant friend for life: Ask anybody who has adopted a pet, and they'll swear their bond with their rescued pal is as deep as they come. When you open your heart and your home to a pet who needs help, they really do show their appreciation for the rest of their life! Dogs who have been uprooted from their homes, or have had difficult beginnings are likely to bond completely and deeply with their new human caretakers, whom they regard as heroes. Pups who find themselves in the at a rescue because of a death or other tragedy in their former human family usually go through a mourning period. Once they are adopted, however, they usually want nothing more than to please their new hero---YOU! No matter what circumstances brought them to the rescue, dogs for adoption are exceptionally affectionate and attentive, and make extremely loyal companions.
Training and Socialization:
Many rescue organizations use foster homes, where puppies
for adoption are socialized with children and other dogs and cats, and
given basic obedience training before they go to their new homes.
A smarter option than buying a puppy from a backyard dog breeder or pet store: No matter how "reputable" you think your local pet store is, they are almost surely getting their puppies and kittens from one of two sources: 1) a "backyard" breeder, or 2) a puppy mill. These are people who make some easy cash by breeding their purebred dogs and cats and they often also sell through the newspaper classified ads. Remember if you buy from them they don't know about breeding for favorable health and temperament qualities, and they don't know how to raise a properly socialized litter. Many of these little ones are weaned from their mothers way too soon. Sometimes, a backyard dog breeder turns into small-time puppy mill to increase their supply so you can buy a dog from a pet store and they can make a higher profit. What are puppy mills? A puppy mill is basically a purebred puppy factory farm where the puppies are just churned out as fast as they can and then sold to pet stores. The dogs are kept in small cages and forced to breed at unhealthy rates… it's all about the money. Female dogs in puppy mills are made to have several litters per year, which is extremely dangerous and cruel. Each purebred puppy mill produces several different breeds for pet stores, and pays little attention to the specific health and genetic diseases due to inbreeding. Genetic health testing is almost unheard of and mass-producing pets for profit is the bottom line. In the worst puppy mills, horrifying conditions are the norm. How can you stop puppy mills? There is only one way. Take away their profits. Remember before you buy a dog or cat that adoption is the most humane option!