A dog shelter or pound is an area where discarded, lost, left behind or surrendered pets mostly cats and dogs are housed. The word pound comes from the old English dog pound, where strays or cattle would be presently boarded until they were claimed by their new owners. The practice of boarding these stray animals arose because it was believed that they had been neglected or abused by their previous owners. In contemporary times, the boarding is simply for the purpose of temporary shelter from circumstances such as death or injury.
Today, there are many kinds of dog shelters and pounds available to take care of these lost and neglected pets. They provide a temporary home for these wandering friends until they find a loving, permanent home. Many organizations help with the placement and adoption of strays or pets that have been abandoned by their previous owners and are waiting to find a forever loving family. Adoption centers can also give advice on how to adopt a dog or cat and give you useful information on training and grooming your new pet. They may also be able to refer you to local veterinarians and animal doctors who can advise you on how to care for your pet after it has been adopted.
In adopting a dog or cat from any of these adoption centers, you will be getting a great furry friend who will cherish your friendship for the rest of its life. However, the responsibility of adopting a dog or cat from any of these establishments should not be taken lightly. They are often quite bewildering when it comes to understanding the lifestyle and personality of a dog or cat that has just been adopted. You need to be very careful in deciding whether or not to adopt a dog or cat.
Some shelters require prospective dog and cat adopters to fill out an adoption application form which normally includes information like the name, address, contact details, date of birth, weight, and any other relevant information required. The application is then carefully reviewed by volunteers before it is submitted to the shelter. After careful examination, if the application passes inspection, the application is then accepted for processing and if approval is given, a foster caregiver is assigned to look after the newly adopted dog or cat. Caregivers are required to meet strict requirements for previous training and to undergo special training for becoming good foster parents.
Many of the dog shelters also provide classes where you can learn the basics of caring for dogs. This would include how to exercise, how to train and how to take good care of your dog’s health. By participating in these classes, you will gain valuable knowledge and practice skills that you will then be able to apply when adopting a dog later on. There are also some dog shelters that offer courses in dog behavior modification where you can learn what makes some dogs aggressive and other dogs gentle.
One of the most important things that the shelter will ask of you is to pay a nominal fee for adopting one of the pets. Money is not always easy to come by, especially with the state of the economy, and it helps if you can show potential shelters that you have saved up money for at least 6 months so that they won’t have a hard time looking for someone to adopt the animal. It helps if you are committed and willing to be a foster parent. This means that you have saved up money for at least 6 months so that if you don’t get a dog immediately, you can keep going until you find an adoptable dog. Many animals are rejected from shelters because they were not prepared to be pet owners and ready to be adopted. If you want to be one of the lucky ones, all that it takes is a little bit of patience and effort.