Adopting a Dog Through the Humane Society or SPCA

Who can resist a cute, fluffy puppy? Apparently, not too many people are able to hold out an dog addoption. Just look around you and listen. You can see and hear dogs all around your neighborhood. Dogs make great companions for people of all ages and sizes. Deciding where to get your new friend is the hard part. The Humane Society could be the answer.

For many families, finding a breeder and paying the high costs that most breeders charge is out of the question. While having a purebred has it's advantages, some of the best dogs I've known were mixed breeds. Often, combining strong traits of different dogs makes for a more loyal dog with a sweeter disposition. At the Humane Society, you have a wide selection of dogs to choose from, including purebreds. Sometimes, families just can't keep the purebreds they have bought, and have to turn them over. This means you pay a fraction of the cost of buying from a breeder, for the same breed of dog.

Before going to the Humane Society to pick out your dog, decide what qualities are important. Do you want a small dog or a larger dog? Are you looking for one for adults or one that is better with children? Will your dog primarily be outdoors or indoors? Do you prefer a puppy or an older dog? Then, decide which breeds you are more fond of. Figure out whether you are set on a certain breed or you are willing to let the dog choose you.

Once at the Humane Society, browse around. See which dogs are open to you, and look healthy. Make sure you ask questions about a few of the dogs that you are most interested in. Ask the staff to take one or two out so you can interact with them. Find out how long the dogs have been there and what kind of history they have. Inquire about any medical examinations or vaccines they have had or need.

After your visit to the Humane Society or SPCA, go home and discuss the visit with the family. If you bring a new pet home, you want to make sure everyone agrees on the choice. If there wasn't one that fit your family, you can always go back another day. If you have made your choice, sign the adoption paperwork and bring your new pet home. Make sure to follow any advice given from the Humane Society about food, veterinarian visits or other helpful hints.

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