By Audrey Lodato, Adoption Center Manager
October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month! We obviously think shelter dogs are the best. Adopting a shelter animal is also one of the most responsible and compassionate ways to add a new member to your family.
Adopting can be an overwhelming decision. Some people have reservations about visiting an animal shelter, fearing that seeing the animals in the shelter may make them feel upset. That’s a very common and reasonable fear, so I’d like to address what you can expect when you come to adopt.
When you come in, you can choose to either walk around the kennels and look at the dogs by yourself, and then ask about any dogs you might want to know more about, or you can talk with an Adoption Counselor who is specially trained in placing animals in new homes.
Adoption Counselors spend lots of time with all of our dogs and work closely with our Behavior Team to learn about what kind of home each dog needs. If you chose to meet with a counselor, they’ll ask you questions about your ideal dog, your lifestyle, who else lives in your home (both humans and animals), and how you imagine spending time with your dog. Then, we’ll introduce you to some dogs that might be a good match for you. You can take them for a walk or to the play yard to play with toys. Some dogs prefer just to snuggle. There’s no pressure. You can meet as many dogs as you want, and you can come back as often as you want. You don’t need an appointment! You can stop in anytime we are open.
If you fall in love with a dog, you will fill out a simple adoption application. The application asks questions about your family and home so that we can make sure the dog going home with you is a good match for your lifestyle. An Adoption Coordinator will review your application, and as long as everything looks like a good fit, you can take your new family member home!
We have a store across the street from our Adoption Center where we will help you pick out the right food, leash, collar and harness for your dog if you need assistance. We’ll even fit a walking harness for you so that you don’t have to worry about it!
After you adopt your dog, we’ll call to check up and make sure things are going smoothly. If you have any questions, we can answer them and provide you with any resources you may need.
Another great thing about adopting from Brother Wolf is that your new dog will be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up to date on vaccines, flea treatment, and heartworm prevention! We also include 30 days of free health insurance with all of our adoptions, and a free vet visit within seven days.
And if it doesn’t work out, we will always take our dogs back, so you never have to worry about the dog ending up in a situation where they aren’t safe and happy.
While it’s true that the dogs in our Adoption Center are waiting for new families, rest assured that they are not having a bad time at all during their stay. Dogs at the Adoption Center are cared for at a very high level and get to experience a variety of activities to ensure that they have a great quality of life while they are with us. Some of the activities they enjoy are hiking, nose work class, playgroups, clicker training, and long walks. We also have quiet time, cuddle time, and food puzzles for snack.
Lastly, when you adopt a shelter dog from Brother Wolf, you’re making a space to save another life. When your dog goes home with you, we can rescue a new dog to take their place!
If you haven’t had a chance to learn about the Sanctuary we’re building, click here. The serene and enriching environment of the Sanctuary is being designed with an emphasis on healing, and will be life-changing for every dog in our care — especially those with special medical or behavioral needs! At the Sanctuary, each dog will have access to their own, private outdoor area, noises will be minimized by the natural environment and the special way our buildings are being constructed, and they will benefit from a dog park (complete with a splash pool!) and a series of trails to hike with volunteers. Click here to make a donation to help us build the Sanctuary or here to learn about tribute gifts and naming opportunities.
Is it time to add a new dog to your family? Click here to learn more about dogs who are ready to find their forever homes, or stop by the Adoption Center to meet them!