Our resident vet Julia says adopting a pet from the Humane Society is a great idea, when you take these tips into account. She lets us know how to properly adopt a shelter dog, and shows a few of the dogs recently up for adoption at the Toronto Humane Society.
Don't expect to walk into the Humane Society or a shelter and walk home with a dog the same day. It may take several trips before you find the right pet. You'll have to fill out an application form, and go through a screening process. This will take time.
Focus on personality, not looks!
The most important thing is to find a dog that matches your energy level. Take time to figure out what kind of activity level you're able to sustain with your dog. When you're at the shelter, watch how animals interact with staff and handlers. If multiple dogs are held in a cage it's usually the one with the most energy who comes to the front. Always ask for quiet time with a dog that catches your interest. It's easier to assess personality when you're one on one with the dog.
Test for temperament.
Rely on information from the shelter so you better understand the dog's background. How does the dog appear when you approach it? How does the dog react when you gently push it down? How does the dog react when you make a slightly loud noise? Keep in mind most dogs feel a little stressed in a shelter environment and won't give you their best self. This is why it's extra important to get some one-on-one time.
A Few Cuddly Canines
Here's a look at some of the dogs we met from the Toronto Humane Society.
Chase is a lovely, rambunctious young beagle. Like a lot of hounds he does enjoy the sound of his own voice sometimes, especially when he's feeling a little lonely.
Fluffy came to the Toronto Humane Society through a very unfortunate circumstance; her care taker of 11 years recently passed away leaving her without a home. This sweet fluff ball will surely find a home in no time.
Chubbs is a very nice, shy kind of guy. He's a pug-beagle cross, also known as a puggle. This portly fellow takes a little encouragement to get moving but fresh air is exactly what he needs. He's very amicable with people and curious about meeting new dogs.
Betty, a six and a half year-old pug, is a fantastic and refined lady looking to find a comfy home to settle down in. Despite traveling a long distance from Quebec with her pal Maggie, Betty seems to have settled into city life well and is looking forward to finding that special someone.
We'd like to give a big fuzzy thanks to the Toronto Humane Society for bringing in adoptable dogs for this segment. The Toronto Humane Society's mission statement is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.