7 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Animal Shelters

Written by Louise Louis

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5. Your Dog May Bark in Chinese

Thanks torepparttar publicity campaigns to get people to spray or neuter dogs, some shelters are running low on popular small dogs and puppies. They ensure a sufficient supply of adoptable dogs by importing them from foreign countries.

Visitrepparttar 116336 website ofrepparttar 116337 Taipei Abandoned Animal Rescue Foundation to see how happy they are to have placed so many dogs inrepparttar 116338 United States including atrepparttar 116339 Humane Society of Snohomish County, WA and Pets Alive, a no-kill shelter in Middletown, NY.

They're not alone. A Tufts University 2000 study identified 6,000 dogs that had been brought intorepparttar 116340 U.S. from foreign counties including Puerto Rico and Taiwan.

The impact of so many dogs from unknown breeders and from countries with limited veterinary medicine is completely unknown.

6. Shelters Are Not Dens

Many dogs do not do well at shelters. Some dogs can adjust to kennel life but many others become fearful, frustrated,and overactive which makes them even less likely to be adopted.

Many shelters simply do not have sufficient staff to exercise and play with each dog torepparttar 116341 degreerepparttar 116342 dog needs to become socialized.

It's also extremely difficult to preventrepparttar 116343 spread of illnesses when you have so many pets in one location. There's a reasonrepparttar 116344 term "kennel cough" conjures up an image of sickly dogs.

7. Owners May Not Have Toldrepparttar 116345 Truth

The most common reason given for turning in a pet is thatrepparttar 116346 owner is moving and can't take Fido with him.

The moving may be true but begsrepparttar 116347 question of why didn'trepparttar 116348 owner try to placerepparttar 116349 dog himself? If you paid $500 for a purebred, it's very likely you'd try to find a good home for him (if not resell him).

The dogs that wind up at shelters tend to be dogs that aren't socialized or trained. They may be capable of becoming gentlemen and ladies or they may be neurotic, puppy mill (domestic or foreign) offspring who don't belong in any dog owner's home.

At shelters as well as used-car lots, caveat emptor.

Former dog breeder and all-round dog person, Louise Louis now runs a website, toybreeds.com dedicated to helping people match the best small dog breed to their lifestyle.

10 Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog

Written by Louise Louis

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7. Are you prepared forrepparttar costs of dog ownership? The bare minimum estimate for dog ownership is $1 a day.

8. Can you acquire pet insurance? Many companies offer group rates to their employees and retirees.

9. Would being a "foster" owner satisfy your need for canine companionship? Even if you don't want to take a dog into your home, shelters always need people who can walk and play withrepparttar 116335 dogs or provide temporary housing.

10. Finally, have you considered what happens to your dog if you can't care for him? Toy breeds often live 15-years or longer. Be sure to include instructions in your will on how your pet should be placed.

With a little forethought and planning, you can selectrepparttar 116336 right breed of dog for your lifestyle and enjoy many happy years together.

Former dog breed and all-round dog person, Louise Louis now operates a website, toybreeds.com dedicated to helping people select the best small dog breed for their lifestyle.

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