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Your New Dog

Please don’t misunderstand!

We love nothing more than seeing our Oakdale Shelter Animals find new, loving homes. Unfortunately many thousands of animals end up in shelters every year because people have not given enough thought and consideration to the responsibilities of owning a pet. So before you fall in love with that adorable pet, here are some questions to ask yourself.

Do I have time for pet ownership?

An animal is a living creature that requires companionship, exercise, feeding and care every single day. The animal cannot be ignored just because you, or the kids are too tired. Think about your lifestyle and whether or not you have time for the responsibility of pet ownership.

Can I afford a pet?

Pets cost money, simple as that. Aside from the cost of pet food, there are medical costs, vaccinations, flea control, grooming, toys, beds, etc. Many pets will live as long as 15 years, so this will be a long term financial commitment to your animal companion.

What is the right pet for me?

Think about your living situation and what is most fair to you, and your new animal family member. Obviously, if you live in a small apartment probably a Great Dane is not going to be the best choice! If you are in a rental community are there restrictions or deposits required to have a pet? Can you give the pet enough exercise daily?

Larger, younger, and more active dogs require daily exercise. Without it they will channel their energy into more destructive behaviors like barking, digging and chewing. Older, smaller animals, and cats require less in the way of exercise.

Should I adopt a puppy or kitten, or an adult animal?

Puppies and kittens are adorable, but like human babies, they require a tremendous amount of time, patience and training. Adult dogs have established personalities, are often already housetrained, and may be easier to train since they have longer attention spans.