Animal shelters? No-kill shelters? Rescues?

So you’ve decided to adopt a dog or cat? Good for you! Each new adoption helps to curb the crisis of animal overpopulation in America.

But when it comes to pet adoption, where do you start? An animal shelter or no-kill shelter? A rescue organization? What’s the difference, anyway?

Let’s start with traditional animal shelters. Most communities have one, working on the front lines to fight the problem of animal overpopulation. Faced with an overwhelming number of homeless pets and a limited amount of space and resources, these shelters keep dogs and cats for a certain amount of time. Those that are not adopted are humanely euthanized, or “put to sleep.” Animals that are very old, seriously ill, or have behavior problems may be euthanized sooner than the healthy ones that have a better chance of being adopted.

As an alternative, no-kill rescue shelters do not euthanize. They may send dogs to foster homes to be raised and looked after until a permanent living situation can be found.

Both local animal shelters and no-kill rescue shelters take good care of the pets that end up there. They bathe, feed, and administer any medications the animals need until adoption. However, no-kill shelters often make sure that animals get love and human interaction, keeping them well socialized, while traditional shelters might not.

Animal rescue groups, also known as animal rescue organizations, usually specialize in a specific breed (such as Siamese cats or Greyhound dogs) or type of pet (such as toy dogs or hunting dogs). While these may be a great option for people who are set on a specific type of animal, don’t forget that you can find plenty of purebred animals in any shelter.

No matter what kind of shelter you choose, don’t assume that the animals are there because they are “bad.” The majority of shelter cats and dogs are there because of bad circumstances, whether their owners died, or had to move, or could not care for their pet anymore. But one thing is certain—with so many animals to choose from, you’ll be able to find a loving pet that will be perfect for you and your family.

Will an adopted pet bond with my family?

“You have to raise them from a puppy if you want a loyal dog.” My cousin was stubbornly explaining to me why he would never adopt a pet, especially a grown one.

He and his wife have two young kids and wanted a dog that would be loving and gentle toward the children and help protect their home, too.

But he was totally wrong in thinking you have to raise a loyal dog from a pup, or a cat from a kitten. The fact is, if you want an animal with a strong family bond, your local animal shelter or rescue shelter might be the best place to start looking.

Don’t assume that animal shelters and pet rescue shelters are full of dogs and cats abandoned because of bad behavior. Shelter pets for adoption are often the victims of tragic situations or irresponsible owners.

When my wife and I were newlyweds, we adopted an Australian Shepard mix who had been rescued while running in rush-hour traffic on the freeway. I can honestly say I’ve never had a more dedicated friend and protector.

We were pretty poor then and lived in a rough neighborhood, but our dog, Mickey, made us feel a lot safer. We joked that he was our household Head of Security, and he took his job seriously. He performed a patrol of the property every night before bed and was always alert for signs of danger.

I have no doubt that he would have defended us with his life.

Most folks who have adopted a pet will tell a similar story. Dogs or cats who have been uprooted from their homes, or have had difficult beginnings are likely to bond completely and deeply with their new human caretakers.

They’ll consider you a hero, and will probably show their appreciation as long as they live.

Gentling Exercises for Your New Puppy

Suspend your puppy holding under the front legs below eye level for about six seconds.

Hug the puppy; gently squeeze tighter during any wiggling, then release when the puppy becomes fully relaxed.
Cradle your puppy upside-down in the crook of your arm and talk baby-talk while smiling and praising.

Massage every square inch of the puppy moving in a circular motion. Focus on his mouth, ears, eyes, scruff and feet. This exercise builds tolerance and trust for later in life when needed to treat these areas or examined by your vet.

Manipulate the head, ears, legs and tail through the normal range of motion. Make sure there is no pain involved. If they resist, use a treat as a distraction.

Pull up gums and rub teeth, to desensitize for later brushing.
Restrain your puppy on his side after gaining calm compliance of all previous steps.

Offer a small treat after each step. Acceptance of the food is an indication of minimal to no stress from the exercises.

Dr. Rolan Tripp of the Animal Behavior Network. Visit for more information.

Why Should You Adopt a Pet?

Adopting a pet from the local shelter is not only the responsible thing to do if you want a companion pet, but the right pet is also good for your health.

Social Responsibility
Unfortunately, there are many millions of pets that enter shelters because they were lost, their owners moved, could not afford them or simply were bored with them. Through no fault of their own they end up discarded. Nearly all of these pets would do very well in a new home and the stigma of adopting a pet from a shelter is unwarranted. My family has adopted and fostered many shelter pets and every time it has worked out marvelously. When you are thinking of adopting a companion pet, consider a shelter pet.

But first, do you homework and read the many articles we provide on how to select and what type of pet is best to adopt. Then your new relationship will start off right and you will have the knowledge you need to forge a wonderful long term bond with your new pet. Only adopt if you are prepared, have the space, time to devote and will provide the pet with a life time commitment.

Your Health
Pets are good for our health and well being. Sitting with your pet and the simple act of petting them actually improves certain hormones, neurotransmitters and chemicals in your body and diminishes stress hormones.

Studies have repeatedly demonstrated the positive effects of companion pets to our health. One study measured bloodstream levels of certain chemicals, hormones and neurotransmitters immediately prior to interaction with a pet and afterwards. Cortisol, the stress hormone is lowered; Oxytocin the happiness hormone and Prolactin the bonding hormone are elevated afterwards. In addition certain neurotransmitters, and serotonin associated with anti depression are elevated, after petting a dog. (Only dogs were used in the study.)

Pets provide companionship, keep us busy, entertain us and prevent loneliness. Another study documented improved weight loss over other weight loss methods when walking a dog as a form of exercise. Pets can provide these benefits and more to humans. It seems we have been “hot wired” in our biochemistry through eons of companionship and close proximity. Return the benefits that pets provide and adopt a companion pet into your home.

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