Saving One Life at a Time
Click on Pictures to Enlarge and See More Information - Please note: There are 2 Photos of each dog.
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:
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! Also, if you live out of town please take note that we do require a dog introduction with your current dog as part of our adoption process.
Each time you vote, you give Roice-Hurst Humane Society the opportunity to win a number of useful prizes, including monetary grants to help animals. This next round of the shelter challenge ends Sep. 21, 2014.