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?
Bear is a 9 year old neutered male german shepherd dog. He was brought to us by the NBSPCA after he was found running loose. Bear's family has decided that they can no longer care for him so he is looking for a new family to love. Bear seems to be good with other animals but he would do best in a home with older children. Bear is still an active boy and would love to find a family who wants to spend lots of time with him
Iago is a 3 year old neutered male shepherd husky mix boy. He was brought to us by the NBSPCA Animal Control Officer. He is very handsome and has a unique look with his one brown eye and one blue eye. Iago is good with other dogs and loves to play! He would do best in a home with older children as he does tend to guard his food bowl when he's eating. If you are searching for the entire package..looks and personality...this is your man!
Chinook is a 2 year old neutered male shepherd mix boy who was brought to us by the NBSPCA Animal Control Officer. He was hoping that his family would come and get him but they have chosen not to. Chinook loves to play with the other dogs here at the shelter but he would do best in a home with no cats. He is looking for a home with older children as he is a bigger boy who still needs some training. If you are looking for a fun loving, playful guy, here he is!
Jinx is a 2 year old spayed female lab mix girl who was brought to us from the Animal Control officer with her 6 pups. Jinx is a bouncy, friendly girl who trusts and loves every single person she meets. She is good with other dogs, doesn't seem to mind the cats and would be great with children. Jinx is looking for a family who will love her unconditionally and give her all the attention and love she has been lacking for a long time. Jinx is young and energetic and needs a home where she will get the exercise she needs.
Radley is a 2 year old neutered male shepherd mix who was brought to us by the NBSPCA Animal Control Officer. He is a very active boy who would do well in an equally active family with older children. Radley loves to go for walks and to play with other dogs.
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.