Animal shelters, dog pounds, and dog rescues, all of them take in unwanted dogs and try to find them new homes. The term "dog pound" is usually more closely associated with a town's animal control office, and often houses dogs that have been seized for whatever reason, or picked up as strays. "Animal shelter" covers pounds and animal control offices as well, and is a much friendlier term without all the negative connotations that "dog pound" has.
"Kill" shelters, and "no kill" shelters. Pets in a "kill" shelter are given a grace period (usually a matter of days) while they hope for adoption. Once that grace period runs out however, unless the shelter has room to spare, the animal is humanely euthanised, regardless of potential. Dogs and cats are also euthanised if they seem aggressive or are in very poor health. Kill shelters are not evil, they are, unfortunately a necessary part of life until pet owners become more responsible.
There are literally thousands of dogs, of all ages, shapes, breeds and sizes currently in shelters that need homes. Every town has an animal shelter or dog pound that collects them. Remember that the dogs are there for all kinds of reasons, not necessarily bad ones.
Once you enter the shelter, you'll be taken to spend some time with the adoptable dogs. Take your time to play with them, get to know a bit about them and how they react to you.
Ask the shelter workers any questions you can think of; they'll answer them to the best of their ability. Be prepared to answer questions as well. The shelter workers are going to want to know all about your home life and living situation. You must be completely honest! The workers do their best to match dogs with families and less than complete honesty could make for a less-than-harmonious relationship with your new dog.
- The name and number of the veterinarian you'll be using.
- Statement of permission from your landlord (if you rent).
- a good attitude. The workers do their best to find their dogs homes and will turn you down if they don't think your home will work out. They don't owe you a dog. Cooperate, answer their questions, ask your own, and hopefully you'll be approved for a dog.
- Money. There will always be an adoption fee. What the Adoption Fees Pay For
This question might run through your mind, no matter where your dog comes from. Spend some time getting to know the dogs available for adoption, and make sure that you know what you are looking for in your new companion. If you don't find the dog that catches your heart right off the bat, you can always keep looking, and going back day after day. The dog that didn't arouse your interest might turn out to be the dog you want after he gets to know you better (and vice versa).