Commitment: Owning a dog is a huge responsibility. They will depend on you to meet theirneeds for life. Dogs require attention and love. Dogs do not come into the world knowing how to behave. Training is essential and a significant time commitment. One of the main causes of abandonment and eventual euthanasia is behavioral issues. The majority of these issues are preventable or can be changed. Consider that your dog will also require medical care for for life, including as he/she ages and health declines.
Getting a dog is not a decision to make on a whim: Please take time to consider your needs, preferences, and capabilities before deciding to adopt.
Lifestyle: A dog becomes a part of your life, family, and home. You need to be certain you can maintain your lifestyle and own a dog. Consider a dog with a personality and needs that best fit into your schedule. For example, if you are very active, a dog who requires a lot of physical exercise may be a good choice. If you travel, consider how you will arrange to have your dog's needs met when you are away. Be sure a dog will fit into your work and family schedule.
Expense: DOGS ARE EXPENSIVE! Initial preparation for bringing a dog into your home can be expensive: Crate, food, blankets/bed, collar, leash, tags, initial vetting costs, and training/obedience. Your typical monthly expenses will include heartworm prevention, flea/tick prevention, food, bones, grooming, training and toys. You will be responsible for annual vaccinations. The above does not include any unexpected medical expenses: accidents, illness, etc.
Considerations: All of our dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped prior to adoption. We prefer opposite sex pairings, but will consider same sex pairings under the right circumstances. We will consider multi-dog homes under the right circumstances. If you have a dog, we will request the dogs meet prior to ensure a good fit. We also encourage you/your family to spend as much time as possible with the dog prior to adoption. **Owning a crate prior to adoption is a requirement**
Adoption Counseling: We give you the best possible information about what we know about the dog's behaviors, personality, and special needs/considerations. We have had many dogs returned to us because adopters do not listen to what we tell them about the dog. It is your responsibility to manage the dog based on what you know about his/her behavior without expecting him/her to change when adopted. Do not set the dog up for adoption failure if you cannot or are not willing to manage their behaviors.
After Adoption Support: We want all of our dogs to go to forever homes. We have limited resources, but we will try to help you in any way possible with your new dog. Please contact us with questions/concerns: medical, behavioral, financial, etc.