Adoptable Dogs

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?

Caleb is a 6 year old neutered male husky. He was brought to us by the NBSPCA Animal Control Officer after he was found with a large chain around his neck, with the rest of it dragging behind him. The chain had actually become stuck in the woods and Caleb could not get free. Thankfully, someone driving by spotted him stuck just inside the woods and was able to call for help. Caleb has sustained some injuries to his throat from his ordeal and he is being treated for a significant cough from the chain. Through all this, Caleb is a good natured boy who loves human attention. He is wonderful with other dogs, loves to go for walks, is clean in his kennel, and is all around a fun guy. Caleb would do best in a home with no young children or cats.
Photography done by Brian Curry of Art of Life

Eisenhower is a five year old beagle mix. He was brought to us by the NBSPCA. Eisenhower is a very playful guy. He knows a few basic commands and walks well on leash. He would be fine in a household with cats, but would do best with older children.

Sophia is a 1 year old spayed female lab/pittie mix who was brought to us about a month ago when she was found terrified, alone, and very hungry. It's taken many weeks, but Sophia is now ready to start searching for a family that she can adopt and call her very own. Sophia has blossomed with time and training and she has shown herself to be a gentle, playful and very loving girl. She is wonderful with other dogs and doesn't seem to mind cats. She is timid when she first meets new people but she has learned that most people carry treats and she thinks that's pretty awesome. Sophia would do best in a home with children who are a little older as she does still get frightened if there is too much noise and activity. The family who decides to adopt this girl will be paid back with more love and laughs than they will ever need.

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.

Welcome home
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!

Health care
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.

House rules
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.