- what size dog would you like? Puppies are so cute and adorable, but they get bigger as they grow up. Think about the size your dog will grow to be, not just how he/she looks when you adopt them.
- what types of activities would you like to do with your dog? Are you active and want a jogging/hiking buddy or more low key and want a cuddle buddy to watch tv with? Research the breeds you are interested in and/or email us on the contact page for advice about the energy level of any dog you are considering adopting.
- do you have enough time in your day to spend with a new dog? When left to their own devices long enough, almost any dog will start to get into mischief. Consider where you will keep your dog when you are not home and how long the dog will have to be home alone when considering whether or not to adopt a dog and what breed.
- consider the financial expenses associated with keeping a dog....food, toys, vet bills (routine and emergency), and possibly boarding and/or training.
- do you have kids in the home and how old are they? Not all dogs do well with kids and not all kids know how to appropriately play with dogs. Make sure your kids know the right way to play with a new dog and talk to the shelter staff about whether the dog you are interested in has the right temperament to be in a home with kids.
- do you have other pets in the home? If you have other dogs, we recommend your current dogs meet any potential adoptee before you adopt...just as all people don't get along, not all dogs get along. If you have cats or any other pets or livestock, talk to the shelter staff about your current animals and discuss if your potential adoptee dog has the temperament to fit in with the entire family.
We ask you to consider these questions not to dissuade you from adopting, but to make sure you and your new family member are going to be a good match. Most of our shelter dogs have had a rough start in life and we want to make sure their new homes are forever homes!