Saving One Life at a Time
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Sally's amazing expertise with the camera and Bob's remarkable way with the animals are combined to provide these beautiful photographs of our dogs awaiting their forever homes. We are so pleased and appreciative to have these two on our team.
We can't do it without your help,
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Is It the Right Time to Adopt a Pet?
The fact that you're thinking of adopting from Roice-Hurst Humane Society means you're on the right track. It's definitely the responsible, caring thing to do. Before you decide, here are some things to think over first:
Have you really stopped to consider why you want a pet in your life at this time?
Adopting a dog or a cat on impulse or because you feel sorry for it can be a big mistake.
When you adopt a pet, you're making a 10 to 15 year commitment . This is a decision that needs to be made with your head as well as your heart.
A dog relies on you for everything; his food, water, shelter, exercise, grooming, and veterinary care. He also relies on you for companionship and protection.
Adopting a pet because the kids want one and are promising they will care for it, usually means - You will be taking care of the pet.
The costs of pet ownership can be expensive. Food, toys, grooming, veterinary care, and other expenses add up quickly. ASPCA studies show the average cost for a big dog is about $600 to $1,000 a year. A small dog's a little less, but not much.
Pets need regular vaccinations and medical care. The cost of a trip to the emergency vet clinic for a sick or injured pet can cost $100's of dollars or even more.
It really is worse to get a dog and then realize you can't afford it than not to get one at all.
Do You Have Time for a Pet?
Many pets are in a shelter because their owners didn't realize how much time it took to care for them.
Does your work require you to travel or be away from home for 9 to 10 hours a day? Do you have an active social life ? Who's going care for your pet when you're not around ?
If you have kids under six years old, you must ALWAYS be watchful. Most dog bites of children happen when a child is left alone or unsupervised with the dog. It might be wise to wait until the children are a bit older to take on the added responsibility of a pet.
If you're a student or in the military, waiting until you settle down to adopt is usually a good decision for you AND the pet.
Do you have the patience to handle common pet issues?
Pets need love and time with their human friends.
Being left alone in the house or back yard for
hours on end is not a happy life for a pet.
Guilt is not a happy feeling for you.
Can you deal with house training accidents, scratched up furniture, and hair everywhere? If an immaculate house is important to you, you may want to think twice before getting a pet.
After considering Everything...
DO YOU STILL WANT TO ADOPT A PET?
If you've decided to wait a bit, please know we honor you for your decision and will always welcome you back whenever you decide the time is right to adopt.
If you're ready to share your life with a pet, we want to thank you for your thoughtful consideration and for being a responsible pet owner. Adding a pet to your family can be one of life's greatest pleasures.
One of the most common reasons for adopted dogs being returned to the shelter is behavioral issues. These issues are generally only temporary.
Remember, You have probably been thinking about adopting a dog for a while. However, your new dog has no idea what to expect. Everything is new to him or her – including you!
He or she may have come from a home where the rules were completely different than yours. He needs time to adapt and learn your rules. It's your responsibility to teach him in a positive manner.
Every dog is different and it’s difficult to predict how long it will take the dog to adapt to a new home and family.
IT WILL TAKE MORE THAN A FEW DAYS! It may take weeks or even months for your new pet to adapt and to build a loving and trusting bond with you.
The key is lots of love and loads of patience.
One of the biggest reasons for pets being surrendered to shelters is the family is moving and can't take the pet with them.
If you rent, make sure you can have a pet. Even if you can have a pet, there's usually an expensive deposit required. If you have to move, be aware - most rentals do NOT allow pets.
Giving up a pet because of a move or any reason is a heart- breaking experience . For your pets, it's devastating. They are not only losing their home but the most important thing in their life - YOU!
Can you have a pet where you live?
Please Note: Dogs are received and adopted on a daily basis. If you see a dog of interest, please call the shelter or e-mail us to make sure he or she is still available. We also have dogs available that have not yet had their pictures taken, so come on out and see ALL our great dogs!
Kindness Tip of the Month...
Puppies and even adult dogs who have been in a shelter for a while are likely to have potty "accidents" in the house. Puppies can only control their bladders for short periods of time, and need to be taken outside at least every two hours. An adult dog may "forget" his former training in all the excitement of a new home. You may need to provide some positive re-training and teach him where he's supposed to go. What he doesn't need is more stress - be patient. Here's some tips to help your puppy or dog learn to go outside.
NEVER yell at, hit, or rub a dog's nose in it's waste. It's cruel, it's unhealthy, and it DOES NOT work!
•If you catch him "in the act" in the house and yell at him, your dog will associate your anger with the "act" itself, NOT the location! •Your anger will teach him that he must not "go" in front of you and the next time he needs to go, he will hide to avoid your anger, leaving you with a little "surprise" package for later. •Harsh scolding can set your dog up for failure. The next time you take him out, he may "hold it" until he can go back inside and hide it. • Scolding a dog after the fact does absolutely no good. He has no idea why you are acting so crazy. Just take a rolled up newspaper, hit yourself on the head, and resolve to take him out more often. •Have patience with your furry friend. Shouting and screaming is verbal abuse and will only make him afraid of you. Instead, use positive training methods by taking him out often and when he "goes", give him a treat and lots of praise and he will soon get the message that "going" outside is a good thing to do.
Always remember, positive training means lots of love, loads of patience, plenty of praise, and timely treats. Positive re-enforcement (not force) is the kind way to train your puppy or dog and will build a lifelong and loving bond with you furry friend.
We support the ASPCA's national campaign goal of improving the lives of animals everywhere. Show your support for the animals by wearing an orange ribbon or tie one to your car antenna!
April is "National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals" Month
At Roice-Hurst, Every Month is "Be Kind to Animals" Month!
Moses is a 4-yr.-old Australian Cattle Dog and Bulldog mix. This very handsome boy is very active and very smart. He has had some professional training and can sit, laydown, and leave it. He needs an active friend who will give him both mental and physical activities. He LOVES to swim. Adoption Fee: $99
Pepe is a 2-yr.old Chihuahua. This adorable little boy is aptly named as he is very "peppy" as well as very loving and affectionate. He is a cutie and has lots of love to give.
Adoption Fee: $130