Sunday, March 6, 2011

Dog Adoption Centers: the best choice to adopt a pooch

Roxana, from Wet Nose Guide, wrote a great article on adopting a dog. Check it out below. If you're looking to add a new four-legged family member, check out our adoption page or head over to Petfinder to find a rescue or shelter close to you.

Dog Adoption Centers: the best choice to adopt a pooch

When looking for a dog, dog adoption centers should be your first choice. Millions of dogs are placed in adoption centers, animal shelters, and rescue groups every year, and adopting a dog--as opposed to purchasing one from a breeder or pet store--will help to reduce the number of dogs who aren't able to find a family. But adopting a dog is a serious decision and not one to be taken lightly. When visiting a dog adoption center, the following considerations should be made.

Before you adopt a dog, it's vital to take a realistic look at whether you can handle the responsibilities associated with owning a dog. Dog ownership requires time, money, space, and attention--not to mention love. Before adopting a dog, make sure you have the necessary resources to give your new pet the life it deserves. Can you afford the food, medicine, and veterinary care that a dog requires? Do you have the free time necessary to give your dog the proper care and attention? Is your house big enough to accommodate an active dog? If you have children, are they mature and responsible enough to co-exist? These questions must be considered before you make the decision to adopt a dog.

Once you've determined that you can handle owning a dog, there are numerous options for adopting. Dog adoption centers and shelters are plentiful, and the ASPCA website maintains a database of the reputable adoption centers in your area. You can even find breed-specific dog rescue groups if you have an exact breed in mind to adopt. When visiting the shelter, talk to the staff about just what kind of dog you want to adopt. Besides breed, you want to make sure the dog's temperament is in line with what you're looking for. Many shelter dogs have been abused by prior owners, and they unfortunately may not be manageable in your home, especially if you have children. Make sure to ask the dog adoption center staff lots of questions, and don't be afraid to take your time with your decision.

Once you've found the dog that's right for you, it's time to adopt. Before you bring your new friend home, make sure to arrange the supplies you'll need for your dog's arrival. Set up food, water and food bowls, and bedding, and be sure to "dog-proof" your home against anything that might pose a danger to your new dog. Now, you can bring your adopted dog home and into your family.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Adopt Cody!

Handsome CodyCody is a handsome and sweet Labrador Retriever mix looking for his forever home. This sweetie came to us back in January, when we pulled him from the shelter, because he was scheduled to be euthanized. He is so sweet, we have no idea how he ended up there in first place.

Cody enjoys playing with his foster siblings, both cats and dogs alike. He's never met a stranger and loves meeting new people, always looking for a new friend to love on him. He gets along great with children. This funny boy thinks he's lap dog and loves to be near you.Cody, having a blast with his foster brother!

He is a large boy, weighing in at about 65 pounds and he a has beautiful, glossy coat. Cody is about 1-2 years old.

In addition to being handsome, Cody is a smart boy and knows "sit" and "down". He would be a lot of fun to work with teaching crazy tricks to! He has the intelligence and drive to learn almost anything.

Cody thinks he's a lapdog.This playful boy loves toys, going for swims and car rides. His foster mom says that he is a sweet boy that would be great for a family.

We're waiting for the perfect family to come along and adopt this special boy. If you'd like more information about Cody, ARC or our adoption process, please check out our website at or give us a call at 850-387-0224. Please spread the word about him, and help Cody find his forever home. Every animal we adopt is another that we can save from being euthanized.

Please adopt Cody and help us save more lives.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010