The ASPCA declared October Adopt-A-Shelter-Pet Month. As the month draws to a close, we want to share some information about homeless pets and the wonderful local organizations who work tirelessly to help find families for animals in our community. This week one of our Veterinary Technicians expanded her family by adopting a shelter dog. This senior Golden Retriever was adopted at the Canyon County Animal Shelter.
Information on Shelter Dogs. Nationwide there are nearly four million pets in shelters or with rescue groups, and sadly, statistics report that only 25% of these pets will find homes. The dogs currently available vary in size, breed, age, and temperament. One misconception, mixed breed dogs are not the only options, many purebred dogs are also available. In addition, new furry faces are added every day, so if you’re looking to adopt and don’t find a perfect match—keep looking! Your future pet could be available for adoption tomorrow.
Another misconception that many people have is that shelter dogs are traumatized, difficult to train, or not suitable to be a good pet. It’s simply not true. Each dog has a unique history, temperament and ability. Our family has successfully adopted two rescue dogs. Both came into our home with their own quirks, but they were loving, trainable, and eager to please. We could not have found a better fit for our family.
What Your Ideal Dog Looks Like. Consider what you’re seeking from an animal companion. Looking for
- An exercise buddy?
- A companion to child or children?
- A companion for a senior citizen?
- A therapy, assistance or service dog?
- An agility competitor?
- An outdoors adventurer?
- A guard dog?
- A working dog on a farm/ranch?
You can find all of these characteristics –and much more – available for adoption today!
Preparing to Adopt. As you narrow your selection of potential pets, run through this checklist of important considerations:
- What size dog fits best in your lifestyle?
- What age?
- Active or mellow?
- City slicker—comfortable in an apartment?
- Country dog—needing lots of open space?
- If you’re a renter, do you have permission from your landlord to own a dog?
- Who will care for the dog during your vacations or in an emergency?
- How much time do you have for housetraining, walking, and daily attention and affection?
- Can your budget handle the mandatory expenses that come with owning a dog such as food, basic grooming supplies, and routine veterinary care?
When you think you have a match, spend some time socializing with and walking the dog. If you have other pets and are adding a new furry friend to your family, you will want to introduce the pets to ensure they can get along.
It seems that there is a lot to think about. However, this preparation can save difficulty and heartbreak if your adoption does not work out. Unfortunately, too often, owners discover that they don’t really have enough time for their newly adopted dog, or don’t have the patience for housetraining, the dog doesn’t fit in with their routine or are unable to afford routine pet care costs.
Local Shelters and Rescue Groups. The Treasure Valley has several shelter and rescue groups that offer pet adoptions. The nonprofit organizations listed below have dogs, cats, and other pets available for adoption:
Meridian Valley Humane Society
Theses local organizations offer adoptions for cats only:
Most important: adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment. One that will bring you joy for years to come!