Due to circumstances beyond their control, these animals are in need of a "forever home". Do you have a "forever home" to offer a homeless animal?
Akela is a 1 year old female shepherd mix girl who was brought to us by the NBSPCA Animal Control Officer. She is not a very big girl, but she is a ball of energy and she loves to play in the backyard with the other dogs. Akela would do well in a home environment where she will get lots of exercise and training time.
Matilda is an 8 year old spayed female collie/shepherd mix girl who was brought to us by the NBSPCA Animal Control after she was found alone and wandering on the roads. Matilda is a little bit older but her spirit is young! She loves to chase and fetch a ball and really enjoys her daily walks. Matilda would do well in a home with children. She is also looking for a family who is committed to helping her lose a little bit of her winter weight.
Hi everyone, my name is Isis and I am a 4 year old chow/retriever mix. I was brought in to the shelter by the NBSPCA Animal Protection Officer. I just spent the last 8 weeks in foster care raising my four puppies. They are off to their new furever homes and I am ready to find mine.
I am very loving, and I want to learn everything there is to know, as I have lived all of my life outside until my foster home.
I am great with and would prefer to live in a house with other dogs. I may do best with older cats as I love to chase them.
I am great with kids of all ages but I do get excited when I want to play.
I would prefer being in a kennel as it will take time to be house trained when alone since I have been outside all of my life, and I may find trouble if unsupervised.
I have lots of love to give, and I love to snuggle, so I hope you do too!!!
In 8 wks I learned my name, how to sit and other basic commands, a pretty good recall but still like to follow my nose, potty training, and crate training.
I would love to continue my training with my new family to create an excellent bond.
If you have the time and patience to teach me all, I will show you how truly incredible I am. My foster mom always tells me I am a total gem!
Cola is a 4 year old neutered male shepherd/collie mix who was brought to us by the NBSPCA Animal Control Officer. Cola is a sweet boy who most enjoys his walks, and hanging out with the staff during the day. Cola also seems to like other dogs and cats as well. He would do best in a home with no young children as he does tend to be anxious around his food bowl when he eats. If you are looking for a great combination of gentle and playful...this is your man.
Things To Consider When Taking Your New Dog Home
The key to helping your new dog make a successful adjustment to your home is being prepared and being patient. It can take anywhere from two days to two months for you and your pet to adjust to each other. The following tips can help ensure a smooth transition.
Prepare the things your dog will need in advance. You'll need a collar and leash, food and water bowls, food, and, of course, some toys. And don't forget to order an identification tag right away.
Try to arrange the arrival of your new dog for a weekend or when you can be home for a few days. Get to know each other and spend some quality time together. Don't forget the jealousy factor—make sure you don't neglect other pets and people in your household!
Animal shelters take in animals with widely varying backgrounds, some of whom have not been previously vaccinated. Inevitably, despite the best efforts of shelter workers, viruses can be spread and may occasionally go home with adopted animals. If you already have dogs or cats at home, make sure they are up-to-date on their shots and in good general health before introducing your new pet dog.
Work out your dog-care regimen in advance among the human members of your household. Who will walk the dog first thing in the morning? Who will feed him at night? Will Fido be allowed on the couch, or won't he? Where will he rest at night? Are there any rooms in the house that are off-limits?
Training and discipline
Dogs need order. When you catch him doing something he shouldn't, don't lose your cool. Stay calm, and let him know immediately, in a loud and disapproving voice, that he has misbehaved. Reward him with praise when he does well, too! Sign up for a local dog obedience class, and you'll learn what a joy it is to have a well-trained dog. Also be sure to read our tip sheet on training your dog with positive reinforcement.
Assume your new dog is not housetrained, and work from there. Read over the housetraining information given to you at the time of adoption and check out our housetraining tips for puppies or adult dogs. Be consistent, and maintain a routine. A little extra effort on your part to come home straight from work each day will pay off in easier, faster housetraining.
A crate may look to you like the canine equivalent of a jail cell, but to your dog, who instinctively likes to den, it's a room of his own. It makes housetraining and obedience-training easier and saves your dog from the headache of being yelled at unnecessarily for problem behavior.
The crate should not contain wire where his collar or paws can get caught, and should be roomy enough to allow your dog to stand up, turn around, and sit comfortably in normal posture. If a crate isn't an option, consider some sort of confinement to a dog-proofed part of your home. A portion of the kitchen or family room can serve the purpose very well. (A baby gate works perfectly.)
Let the games begin
Dogs need an active life. That means you should plan plenty of exercise and game time for your pet. Enjoy jogging or Frisbee? You can bet your dog will, too. If running around the park is too energetic for your taste, try throwing a ball or a stick, or just going for a long walk together. When you take a drive in the country or visit family and friends, bring your dog and a leash along.
A friend for life
Finally, be reasonable in your expectations. Life with you is a different experience for your new companion, so give him time to adjust. You'll soon find out that you've made a friend for life. No one will ever greet you with as much enthusiasm or provide you with as much unqualified love and loyalty as your dog will. Be patient, and you will be amply rewarded.