Kamis, 28 April 2011

How to Get Free Dogs for Adoption

Free dogs for adoption

Many abandoned dogs are in need of good homes for adoption. Some of these pets may have behavioral issues that need to be addressed soon after an adoption. Many of these dogs can be adopted for free by people who can provide them with a good home. A veterinary visit is generally recommended as soon as you bring any pet home. These are some tips on getting a free dog for adoption.

Pet Adoptions in California

  • Many California shelters are working hard to find stray animals a new home.
    Nationwide, stray and abandoned animals sit in shelters waiting for a home. Shelters often become overcrowded, as the accumulation of strays outnumbers the demand for them. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, there are 70 million stray cats alone. In California, a number of shelters exist that are working hard to find animals a good home, regardless of how long it takes.

Animal Friends of the Valleys

  • Animal Friends of the Valleys, located in Lake Elsinore, California, has dogs, cats and other animals available for adoption. Microchipping, vaccinations, a collar, an ID tag and a free vet check come with the shelter's adoption package. Animals that are not spayed or neutered come with an additional fee. When adopting a dog, the shelter will send out a "yard checker," who will make sure that the yard of the adoptive family's home is suitable for the animal. The shelter also hosts special adoption days at the local PetCo and PetSmart stores on Saturdays, in addition to taking select animals to senior communities in the area. Animal Friends of the Valleys is closed on Sundays.
    Animal Friends of the Valleys
    29001 Bastron St.
    Lake Elsinore, CA 92531

North Star Rescue

  • North Star Rescue is composed of several foster homes and adoption centers in the Bay Area. This shelter specializes in small animals such as guinea pigs, rats and gerbils. Those wishing to adopt a small animal from North Star must complete an adoption application, then come to an adoption appointment. At the appointment, the potential new owner and the pet become acquainted to see if they are compatible. If so, the new adoptive family then pays the adoption fee and takes the new pet home. Most animals at North Star Rescue are not spayed or neutered, with the exception of rabbits.
    North Star Rescue
    Andy's Pet Shop -- South Bay Adoption Outpost
    1280 The Alameda
    San, Jose CA 95126

Pet Orphans of Southern California

  • Pet Orphans of Southern California has been dedicated to helping rescue and place pets in new homes since 1973. After rehabilitation and being tested for temperament, the animals are put up for adoption. Animals are matched with suitable owners through an extensive adoption process. Potential pet owners fill out a short form; if the form is accepted, they will meet with an adoption counselor to find the right pet. Owners who already have a dog will need to bring their pet with them to make sure that the new dog will be a match. Adoption fees for cats and dogs include spaying or neutering, a tracking tag, flea control and deworming medicine, a microchip, and a DVD to help you learn more about training and pet acclimation.
    Pet Orphans of Southern California
    7720 Gloria Ave.
    Van Nuys, CA 91406

Pets in Need

  • In 1965, Pets in Need began as a means to help lost pets find their way home. The organization expanded in 1993 to house and adopt out pets. Pets in Need takes cats and dogs from shelters that are near their euthanasia date and works to find them homes. Adoption entails completing an adoption profile and meeting the potential pet. When adopting a dog, all members of the household, as well as any dogs living in the home, must be present to make sure the new dog is compatible. Adoptions are available from Thursday through Sunday.
    Pets in Need
    871 Fifth Ave.
    Redwood City, CA 94063

How to Do a Pet Adoption Home Check

The final part of the application process for adopting a pet from a shelter, rescue or individual often involves a home check. The prospective adopter may seem like a nice person who will love the pet -- and gave good answers on their application -- but you can never be assured that it's the right home situation unless you visit in person. Here are some steps for conducting a home check.

Moderately Easy


    • 1
      Consider the type of home, e.g. single family, apartment, multi-family home. If it's a single-family home, is there a fenced-in yard? If it's an apartment, do other tenants have pets and is it a pet-friendly property? If it's a multi-family home, do the other residents have non-aggressive pets and does the landlord or management allow pets?
    • 2
      Are both the exterior and interior of the house tidy and well kept? This often reflects how responsible the residents are. Responsible people are more likely to make responsible pet owners.
    • 3
      Note which areas of the house the pet will have access to, where the pet will sleep and where the pet will be left when the guardians aren't home, e.g. the backyard, the kitchen with a baby gate, a crate (if it's a crate, ask to see it to make sure it is large enough and has adequate ventilation). If they want to adopt a rabbit, for instance, ask to see the cage. If the prospective adopter works long hours, find out what provisions will be made for the pet, e.g. pet sitter, doggie daycare, a doggie/kitty door. If they plan to crate the pet, find out for how long at a time. Eight hours a day, five days a week is a long time for a dog to be crated without being let out. Use your judgement to determine whether it sounds excessive.
    • 4
      If there are children and other pet(s) in the home, observe how they interact with the pet. Will young children be supervised around the pet? Will teenagers be solely responsible for the pet's care? If they tell you that children under 21 will be responsible for the pet's care, that could be a red flag.
    • 5
      If there are other pet(s), observe their appearance, for instance, if the pet is overweight or underweight, if the nails are trimmed, if the pet has fleas or skin problems, what type of collar the pet has on and if there are ID tags.
    • 6
      Observe the behavior of the other pet(s) -- how they react to the family members and if they seem happy and content.
    • 7
      Note if there are toys around for the other pet(s), scratching posts for cats, windows with secure screens, a secure fenced-in yard if they plan to leave a dog unattended, and if there's a pool, check to see if it's gated.

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