Be committed when adopting a shelter dog
Originally published on July 2
I would like to address the community with issues that involve adoption of shelter dogs at Manatee County Animal Services. Dogs are being adopted and consistently returned because people are not doing their homework about the care of their chosen dogs.
The dogs that are adoptable are big. If you have a child, it is not advisable to adopt a dog if you do not properly introduce your child to the dog and help in adapting the child to having a big dog.
Dogs are dying now because the shelter is overloaded and people are returning dogs that they have adopted because they do not handle them properly. It is now becoming imperative that you know what you are doing when you come to adopt one of those deserving dogs.
There is a wealth of educational materials that are available for responsible people who can adopt.
If you have a toddler, do not adopt a big dog. Dogs that have been in the shelter need to be properly introduced into your home. Crates are a great idea for confining the dog for periods of quiet time.
There are qualified trainers in the community who can help you with bringing a shelter dog into your home. If you have other pets, you must introduce the new pet in a proper way.
Some shelter dogs should be the only dog in your home. Ask questions about the chosen dog when you go to adopt. Read educational materials.
It is unfair to adopt and bring the dog back simply because you do not educate yourself about adopting one of the beautiful adoptable dogs from MCAS. Do your homework so these dogs do not suffer a return to the shelter.
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