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?
Strawberry is a 7-8 year old spayed female corgi mix who was brought to us by the NBSPCA Animal Control Officer after she was found running loose. Sadly, Strawberry's family didn't take very good care of her and she came to us with missing fur and an itchy skin infection. She is feeling so much better now that she has seen the vet and is being treated correctly. Strawberry is a loving, sweet girl and she gets along very well with other dogs and doesn't seem to mind cats. She is the best of both worlds, a cuddly couch potato who has occasional bursts of energy. If you are looking for a medium size girl who has a large size heart...she is here waiting for you!
Bear is a 6 year old neutered male collie/shepherd/rotti mix who was brought to us after his family could no longer care for him. Bear is a big boy, weighing in at 108 lbs and he has a heart full of love that is just as big. According to Bear's previous family, he is good with children and other dogs but he would do best in a home without cats. He is housetrained and he walks quite nicely on a leash. If you are interested in a buddy to cuddle with during the long winter months...here is your man.
Elwood is a 2 year old neutered male lab mix who was brought to us by the NBSPCA Animal Control Officer after being found running loose. Elwood is a goofy, fun loving guy who is full of energy and who is wonderful with everyone he meets. He is looking for a family who understands his energy level and will make sure that he gets all of the mental and physical stimulation and exercise that his busy brain requires.
Mullet is a 7 month old neutered male mixed breed boy who was brought to us by the NBSPCA Animal Control Officer after being found abandoned on the side of the road. Mullet is already a large sized dog and he is still growing. He is a friendly, playful boy and he loves everyone that he meets. He is looking for a home who will be dedicated to him and to making sure he gets lots of training and exercise.
Rubix is a 4 month old pitbull/shepherd mix puppy who was brought to us by the NBSPCA Animal Control Officer after being found running loose. Rubix is being neutered tomorrow and will be ready for his new family. He is good with other animals and he would do well in a home with children as he is very gentle and sweet. He is looking for a home where he will get training, exercise and lots of love.
Jem is a 1 year old spayed female rotti/shepherd mix who was brought to us by the NBSPCA Animal Control Officer. She was found by a kind family running loose in the rain and was rescued before she was injured on the road. Jem is a good tempered, fun loving girl who loves everyone she meets. She enjoys going for walks and seems to be good with other animals and children.
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.