We understand that after you get our pet home, the adjustment period can be difficult. We encourage you to call us with any questions or problems, hopefully, before small problems become big ones! We are very experienced with pet transitions and welcome the opportunity to help make it as smooth for you and your pet as possible. And even when all is going well, we love getting calls just to know how our “alumni” are doing.
Having a companion animal brings rewards and responsibilities. Following your pet’s adoption, you will be responsible for making sure your pet is safe and for providing regular veterinary care. Be sure your dog has appropriate identification. Provide nutritious food and fresh water for your pet. Make time for exercise, training, and play. Finally, enjoy your new life with your new loving companion.
A.D.O.P.T. has policies for approving adoptions. They are designed to ensure that each animal is placed with a responsible person prepared to make a lifelong commitment, and to avoid the kinds of problems that may have caused the animal to be brought to the shelter in the first place. An important part of the process is to match the lifestyle and needs of the adopter with the individual dog or cat. If the screening process occasionally seems overly strict, try to remember that the shelter’s first priority is to protect the animal’s best interests.
Some of our animals are puppies and kittens that will be starting their lives as companions. Older dogs and cats may have had previous owners, and you may have to re-educate these animals to some degree. However, they may have already be familiar with living in a home and have been exposed to house-breaking, litter boxes and obedience training. Remember, too, that companion animals are remarkably adaptable. They have lots of love to give and they really seem to appreciate their new homes. Just because they lived with someone else first, doesn’t mean they won’t make a wonderful companion for you.
It is estimated that about 25% of the animals in shelters nationwide are purebred. If you are interested in a specific breed, check our website, or talk to your adoption counselor. Even if we do not have the breed you are looking for, you may be able to find an animal that has traits that are similar to those of the breed you have in mind.