by Ruth Sato, For the Love of Paws, Inc
Everyone thinks puppies and kittens are cute and we all have an idea of what kind of dogs or cats we like based on their appearance, but is it a good idea to adopt just because we like the way a pet looks? It is important to consider some things before making a decision about what kind of pet to adopt so that our new family member will have a happy forever home and so that we can enjoy our new furry friends for a long time to come. Because there are several things to think about for each kind of pet, this article will only discuss dogs, but there are many websites on the internet that can help you figure out what kind of pet or even what breed is suitable for you. Here are a few thoughts to get you started:
Will your new pet be an inside or outside pet? It’s not always true that big dogs can be kept outside. For example, dogs like greyhounds have very low body fat to protect them from the cold and must be kept inside in colder climates.
What type of home do you live in? Do you live in a house or an apartment and how big is it? It is easy to assume that small dogs are suited for apartments and big dogs are suited to live outside. This is not always the case. Many small breeds need lots of space to run and some large dogs like Great Danes don’t need nearly as much exercise and do very well in smaller spaces.
How many people live with you and what ages are they? Some dogs should not be in homes with children for example Chihuahuas are generally nervous and the quick movements of children can make them very uneasy and likely to snap.
Should you get a puppy or an adult? Puppies require a lot of attention and training whereas you can often find adult dogs which also need good homes and are sometimes already housetrained.
How much money can you afford for vet bills, grooming, and food for your dog? If you don’t have much money, a large breed could put a serious strain on your finances.
How much time and energy can you give to your new friend? Some breeds will require much more time for grooming and exercise than other breeds. Some dogs need a lot of exercise while others play with toys or run around inside without needing as many walks.
Are there already pets in the home? Some dogs regardless of breed get along with other dogs, just like humans, but before making such a big decision as bringing in a new pet, we should always have our current pets meet possible new ones to make sure they get along before putting them in a permanent living situation.
These are just a few things to think about and it may sound like a lot, but be assured that there are not only many breeds with varying characteristics, but each individual dog has his or her own personality. Try to keep from choosing the first cute pet and search for the best one that fits into your home to ensure that you and your new friend will have a long lasting relationship. Some websites that may be helpful are:
By Jane Harrell, Petfinder.com associate producer
What does fostering a dog involve?
When you foster, you agree to take a homeless dog into your home and give him or her love, care and attention, either for a predetermined period of time or until the dog is adopted.
Why do adoption groups need foster homes?
There are many reasons a dog might need foster care. Some of the most common include:
A rescue group doesn’t have a physical shelter and depends on foster homes to care for dogs until suitable homes are found.
A puppy is too young to be adopted and needs a safe place to stay until he or she is old enough to go to a forever home.
A dog is recovering from surgery, illness or injury and needs a safe place to recuperate.
A dog is showing signs of stress such as pacing or hiding in the shelter.
A dog has not lived in a home before or has not had much contact with people and needs to be socialized.
The shelter is running out of room for adoptable dogs.
Why should I foster a dog?
Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course). By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you’re:
freeing up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another dog.
giving your foster dog the time he needs to be ready for adoption.
helping the shelter or rescue learn more about the dog so he can end up in the best home possible.
socializing the dog to a home environment and possibly getting him used to being around other pets and different types of people.
Download and save our Foster Application & Agreement. Once completed applications should be emailed to
Scloveofpawstn@hotmail.com. Please give 24-24 hours for a response.
Donations made to our rescue and veterinary care fund help us to afford vet care for sick and injured animals. Your donations help dogs like Ace, who was shot in the leg and Angel who was attacked by a wild animal receive the life saving surgeries and care that they were in desperate need of.
We are an all volunteer organization so every penny goes toward feeding and caring for our rescue pets until they are adopted.
How to Adopt a rescue dog/cat...
Carl is one of several
dogs in need of a foster
home. As a foster you can choose age and size preference of dogs your willing to foster
Download or view our adoption application and policy. Completed application can be e-mailed to Scloveofpawstn@hotmail.com.
We are an all volunteer organization and try our best to promptly respond to adoption inquiries. However, please give 24-28 hours to receive a response.
For more information on becoming a foster parent to a rescue scroll to the bottom of this page.