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

Written by Louise Louis

1. "No-Kill" Shelters Aren't Totally

Inrepparttar website words of one ofrepparttar 116336 first no-kill shelters, The San Francisco SPCA:

"(We)guarantee to find a home for all San Francisco's adoptable cats and dogs - animals that are healthy and free of serious behavior problems. Animals are euthanatized only if they are too sick to be rehabilitated, or too aggressive to be safely placed in a home."

2. Tax Supported Shelters Can't Turn Down Anyone

No-kill shelters have been criticized for skimmingrepparttar 116337 cream of abandoned pets and letting public, tax-supported shelters deal with allrepparttar 116338 sick, aggressive and elderly animals.

There is truth to this. If you take Fido to a no-kill shelter, you may be required to have a clean bill of health from a Vet beforerepparttar 116339 shelter will accept him. People who won't or can't afford this wind up leaving Fido atrepparttar 116340 county shelter.

3. Some Adoptions Don't Take

Withrepparttar 116341 pressure from animal rightists to avoid euthanizing animals, some shelters allow dogs to be adopted that shouldn't be.

The dogs have a history of biting or have chronic health problems. Typically, these problems may not be disclosed or mentioned so casually, a new dog owner doesn't understandrepparttar 116342 gravity ofrepparttar 116343 situation.

Some shelters claim they don't take puppy mill dogs, but how could they possibly knowrepparttar 116344 dog's background! You most certainly can teach an old dog new tricks, but only an experienced person can train an aggressive dog.

If you ever decide to get a dog from a shelter, be sure to askrepparttar 116345 ifrepparttar 116346 dog has ever been adopted and then returned.

4. Personnel Is Biggest Problem at Any Shelter

Do you enjoy cleaning up after Fido? Imagine having to do it for a 100 strange dogs and for Cujo as well as Lassie. Salaries are low and even with government benefits, employee turnover is high.

At private shelters,repparttar 116347 problem is worse because so much depends on volunteers as I know from my volunteer days. How much time and attention a pet receives is dependent totally onrepparttar 116348 number and quality ofrepparttar 116349 volunteers who participate.

10 Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog

Written by Louise Louis

1. Are there any size or weight restrictions on dogs within your condominium or community? Many won't allow dogs over 30-pounds.

2. Do you keep your home very warm? Some dogs are bothered by warm room temperatures. A Chihuahua would be a better choice than Shih Tzu in that case.

3. How much dog can you lift? A Pug is a happy-go-lucky companion but may weigh 18-pounds while a Yorkshire Terrier usually doesn't exceed 7-pounds.

4. How much grooming can you do? If arthritis is a problem, avoid longhaired breeds such as Pekingese or Maltese and look at short, smooth-haired dogs such as Toy Manchester Terrier. Beautiful coats are beautiful because they're groomed daily.

5. How much exercise doesrepparttar dog need? Any Terrier is a high-energy dog requiring outdoor exercise. Onrepparttar 116335 other hand, an English Toy Spaniel or Japanese Chin can get allrepparttar 116336 exercise they need inside an apartment.

6. Isrepparttar 116337 breed's temperament a good match with you? Some people find Toy Poodles too challenging and would do better withrepparttar 116338 sweet-tempered Papillon.

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