Loving and caring for a dog for the rest of
his/her life is a big commitment. We strongly encourage you
to take a few minutes and ask yourself the following questions.
While we are not trying to dissuade anyone from bringing a
dog into their life, we know that if the guardians of most
rescued dogs had asked themselves these questions, it might
have prevented many of them from being abandoned at shelters.
Making an informed decision is the first step on the road
to a new and wonderful life with your companion animal.
Click on the questions below for more information:
Why do you want a dog?
It's amazing how many people fail to ask themselves this simple
question before they bring an animal into their lives. Adopting
a dogbecause it's 'the thing to do' or the kids have been
pining for a puppy usually ends up being a big mistake. Sharing
your home with a dog can be one of life's greatest joys. However,
these furry friends require lots of time, affection, exercise,
training and money. Furthermore, they can be demanding: they
have personalities, feel physical pain and have emotions like
loneliness. They develop very strong bonds with their guardians
and need to be part of the family.
Are you and your family ready for
that responsibility now?
If you have kids under six years old, you might want to consider
waiting a few years before you adopt a dog. Having a dog in
the family requires children who are mature enough to appropriately
interact with a dog, and be responsible (e.g., knowing that
doors and gates cannot be left open). If you do decide to
adopt and you have young children, it is important to find
the dog with the temperament and personality to do well with
young children. Also, if you're a student, in the military
or travel frequently for business (or pleasure), you might
want to wait until you are more settled and have more time
to spend with your dog. Alternatively, we strongly urge you
to consider a dog-walker and/or doggie day care if you have
to away for long periods of time.
Do you have time for a dog?
Dogs (and especially puppies) cannot be ignored just because
you're tired or busy. They require being fed and walked (exercised)
on a regular schedule, lots of care and companionship every
day of the year and training. Many dogs end up in a shelter
because the guardians didn't realize how much time it took
to properly care for their dog. Leaving a dog all day either
confined or in a backyard is not the answer. Dogs that are
emotionally neglected will show negative behavior. We require
that dogs are part of the family as dogs are pack animals
and have a strong need to belong and to be loved.
Can you afford a dog?
The monetary costs of dog guardianship can be quite high.
Estimates range from $500.00 to $2,000.00 a year. Licenses,
training classes, veterinary care, flea and heartworm prevention,
food, grooming, toys and other expenses add up quickly. If
a dog should get sick, costs can add up quickly. You also
have to ask yourself if you can afford to have some of your
belongings chewed up which oftentimes comes with having a
puppy around the house! Our dog trainer is available to help
you with behavioral and training questions. We require that
you commit to taking your dog or puppy to training. This helps
you to become a good team. If you have kids, we encourage
everyone to participate in training so that the dog gets the
same message. Dogs that have been well trained and are part
of the family are much less likely to end up abandoned at
Can you have a dog where you live?
Many rental communities don't allow pets, and those that do
often have restrictions. Make sure you know if dogs are allowed
where you live and that you have written permission to have
the dog you want (e.g., some places won't allow dogs over
a certain weight or allow certain breeds). You will be required
to have written permission from your landlord in order to
adopt an animal from us.
Do you know where you'll be living
for the next 15 years?
More to the point, can you make the commitment to give a dog
a home for life even if you're unsure where you might move
next? Can you commit to holding out until you find a rental
that allows dogs, should you have to move? One of the main
reasons that dogs end up in shelters is because their guardian
moves. We want to avoid this happening to your new pet, so
please consider whether you can commit to this. If not, we
would love you to become a foster parent. We always have dogs
in need of foster homes. Every foster home saves a life and
can be a great alternative to adoption.
Are your living arrangements suitable
for the dog you have in mind?
Choose a dog that will be comfortable in your surroundings.
Adopting an energetic dog to share your small apartment may
not be a good idea. Your dog will need enough room to move
around and play. Giving him/her enough off-site exercise will
require quite a bit of time and activity on your part.
Who will care for your dog while
If you sometimes travel places where you can't take your canine
buddy with you, you'll need reliable friends, neighbors and
family members, or the money to pay for a good boarding facility
or petsitting service.
And last, not least:
Are you prepared to open your home, your heart, and provide
care for your new canine family member for the rest of his/her
life? If your answer is yes, we would love to work with you
to find the dog that will fit in with your lifestyle and needs
and bring you joy.