Tag: pet adoption agency

2014.02.11 08:51:35
Noelle Tripp


Adoptable PupJust prior to the start of the current Olympics in Sochi, Russia, local Russian authorities made headlines with their plans to eliminate the thousands of stray dogs in the area. Rather than set up shelters or even move the dogs to areas with shelter facilities available, authorities intended to carry out a mass euthanization of the animals. Thankfully, a local benefactor has funded the establishment of three shelter facilities, but now local and international interested parties are left with the question of how exactly to go about rescuing the dogs. Unless you have traveled or are planning to travel to Sochi, adopting one of the shelter dogs there may be impractical; however, you can make a difference in your local community by choosing to adopt or even foster a shelter dog. But how?

HOW MUCH CAN YOU COMMIT?

The first step is to take honest stock of how much your household can contribute; that is, are you in a position to adopt an animal? Do you already have a dog or dogs, and if so, are they amenable to other animals? Do you have the space, resources, and time to commit to adding another member of the family? Or do you perhaps have the space but a more temporary option would be a better fit? Once you’ve taken stock of your resources and intentions, you’ll have a much better idea as to whether adoption, fostering, or perhaps even volunteering is a good fit for your current situation. And remember, volunteering makes a huge difference! Many organizations have small operating budgets and will take all of the help that they can get, whether it be admin help or walking dogs. If you are not quite ready to adopt or don’t really have the space, committing to regular volunteer commitments can make a significant difference in the lives of many dogs at once.

Group WalkSETTING YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS

Once you know what your intentions are, you can look into your local options and start inquiring for more info. There may be local shelters that have dogs up for adoption, or you may know exactly what breed is a good fit for you and choose to seek out a rescue organization that specializes in that breed. Either way, be patient. You may come home right away with a dog, but odds are that the process will take time. This is in the best interest of you and your adopted pup – if a group is willing to just hand you a dog, how thorough are they really being in screening you? Once you adopt your dog, you want it to be a forever situation for both of you, so taking some time to see what your household is like and the sort of environment the dog’s disposition is best suited for is a good idea for all parties involved! And even though waiting can be excruciating once you’ve made the decision and commitment to expand your family, remember you’ll have plenty of time for snuggles, play, and good times with your new pup once you welcome him or her into your household.

Images courtesy CCT Thompson and Kristine Paulus


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2013.12.24 03:25:08
Noelle Tripp


Puppy LoveWith the winter holidays upon us, enjoying the sights and sounds of the season is in full swing. In addition to the events and time spent with loved ones, Christmas, Hanukkah, and other holidays this time of year also typically involve some sort of gift giving. Although for many reasons it is not ideal to give the gift of a puppy for Christmas, the reality is people do it anyways. A dog should be a member of the family and will be a member of the household with very specific needs; as such getting a dog should be a carefully considered decision, much like having a child or even the decision to have an extended family member move in. Additionally, securing a dog from a reputable breeder or finding a rescue from a rescue group or shelter that is the right fit for your household and family dynamic is not tied in any way to the month of December – breeders follow a timeline that is best for their dogs, and adopting a rescue should be an ongoing process to ensure a good fit for both pup and human family. That being said, we welcome dogs into our homes at all times throughout the year, and wintertime is as good a time as any to talk about adding a new addition!

CHOOSING THE RIGHT DOG

As mentioned above, adding a dog to our family (even if you are currently a household of one, you will be a family when you grow to two!) must be a carefully considered decision. There should be a process involved, including taking into consideration the space you have available and the general activity level of your home. Think about where you would walk a dog – do you have a yard? Or access to a public park or trails? And how much exercise would you realistically give a dog? Rain or shine, nature calls, and we are the ones that need to make sure our dog’s needs are met. Additionally, if you opt to get a puppy rather than a mature dog, he or she will likely need more exercise and possibly more training. Every dog is different, but often certain breeds will have common characteristics. For example, some breeds are known to be more family friendly and may do better with rambunctious small children in the home, while others may relish a quiet, slower paced home based on their breed and age. Spend some time working with a breeder, a rescue group, or a shelter to figure out the best fit for your home before you start the actual process of acquiring a dog or puppy.

Adopt Me DogSUPPLIES!

First and foremost on the topic of supplies, take a hard look at your budget and your expectations for the next few years. For example, can you afford good pet food, vet visits, and incidentals for a dog? Can you afford the considerable time that acclimating a new dog to your home will take? (This applies to a dog of any age! Even a ten year old rescue has been uprooted to come to you.) If you travel for work or leisure, do you have the resources to hire a trustworthy pet host to care for your dog while you’re away? If you truly are ready, one simple way to approach setting up your home for your new pet is to walk yourself through what will be a typical day: you’ll need a bed for him to wake up on, or even perhaps a crate if you’ll use that for training, you’ll need a leash to walk him, and he’ll need a collar and ID tags. Bowls, food, some safe and breed/age appropriate toys will all be important (on the toys – check with your local pet store as toy options vary greatly based on breed, size, and age). And don’t forget training! You can opt for private training, a session at a local pet store, or possibly another resource that your breeder or shelter recommends, but do your dog and yourself a favor and sign up for some sort of training. A dog that knows what her boundaries are is a happier dog, and it will also provide the opportunity for you and your pup to get to know each other better in a safe environment. There are also many amazing dog training books available, so don’t be afraid to browse your local library or bookstore and find a good fit.

Overall, just try to bear in mind that adding a dog to your family is just that – adding an entirely new member to your household. With time, planning, and patience, adding dogs to our lives can be a wonderful thing for both pet and pet parent. If anything, if you are considering a holiday puppy, maybe just surprise your loved ones with a training voucher or a few books on dogs. They will still be surprised and full of joy, and you will have the opportunity to work through the process of adoption as a family with a more flexible timeline and realistic expectations. And taking your time with the process will also set your newly expanded family up for success; rather than a puppy that no one can care for in February, you’ll be adding a stable, permanent family member to your loving home.

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2012.02.14 05:25:18
Maggie Brown

Our Sleepover Rover webmaster Allan, has been fostering needy dogs for over 4 years for the Humane Society. He has taken in everything from litters of puppies to injured dogs that needed rehabilitation to become adoptable and has been instrumental in saving many lives in the process. One of those fosters was a 2.5 year old one-eyed pit bull that was brought in as an injured stray. He originally fostered him while his eye was still stitched up and healing, and during that time Allan discovered he had a bad food allergy towards most dog foods.  Well, about a week after his fostering was over and he had returned him, the Humane Society called Allan  saying they couldn't keep Jack any longer because he was reacting to their food, and they couldn't keep feeding it to him.  Also, they didn't have the ability to test him to find out what he is allergic to, nor would they be able to buy him the special food that he would need if they did find out. They tried the local rescues in the valley, and no one could/would take him for the same reason the Humane Society couldn't keep him.   They called Allan to see if I would take him as a last resort, and he just couldn't say no. His full name is Captain Jack and he's been a great dog. We wanted to acknowledge the great work Allan has done over the years fostering dogs, and share with you this great adoption success story. We hope you will look to the many wonderful adoptable dogs waiting in foster care or at shelters and humane organizations if you are considering adding a pet to your family!

 


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