“National Adopt-A-Shelter dog”
If you’ve been thinking about adopting a new pet but haven’t officially taken the step; there is no better time than right now while America is celebrating our cities Shelter dogs.
I know there are plenty of reasons people put pet adoption on the back burner.
Questions you may have:
· what kind of pet will be a good fit for me?
· will I need to spay or neuter the new pet?
· do I need a veterinary appointment for vaccines, microchip, heartworm prevention, training, socialization?
When you adopt a Shelter dog they are spayed and/or neutered already. If you find a shelter that is adopting out un-neutered or un-spayed dogs, look elsewhere. This might not be a reputable animal shelter.
Shelter dogs are vaccinated with the rabies vaccine and commonly with at least one core vaccine such as the Dhpp before being adopted. Most shelters microchip their dogs but not all of them can afford to. This seems a mere cost to you if you should need to get it done.
Socialization and Training. Hire a reputable dog behaviorist or trainer. You won’t regret it. They can show you how to introduce the new pet into your family. If you have other pets they can show you what to do to introduce them to the new pet/s. Dogs at shelters have already been through some socialization tests so the volunteers can assist you with looking for the perfect one to fit easiest into your family.
Breed. What’s a good fit for you? Shelters often have a “matching system” they use. You tell them about yourself, your lifestyle, your family, your current pets, and they match you with a good fit. For example; if you love to hike they may introduce you to a athletic or high energy dog, if you are looking for a lap dog they may show you a senior or one that isn't very active.
You can also use the internet to research pet friendly facilities in your area such as dog parks, restaurants, trusted and recommended veterinarians, groomers, dog trainers and so forth. Once you feel you’ve done your research you're ready to head to the shelters and start looking for your new pet. It may not happen in one day. Two or more dogs may have captured your attention. Go back and see them a couple of times. Spend some time with each one. Some people just have a “feeling” and know immediately when it's the dog for them. At Az Pet Professionals we have trusted pet professionals listed all on one website. We can help get you get started. We are excited to hear your adoption stories this month. If you adopt a shelter dog we want to hear your story!
Find your match
· Friends for life animal sanctuary
· Humane Society:
· HeARTS Speak
· Animal Welfare League
· Pinal County Animal Control
· Maricopa Animal Control