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?

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 and half year old spayed female pittie/lab mix. Sophia has had a rough life up until now and she is looking for the perfect family. One with time and patience and love. Sophia came to us in the summer time, scared, thin, and untrusting of all humans. We still don't know if she had been living on her own, fending for herself or if someone had mistreated her and she finally escaped. But with months of work, Sophia learned to trust. She thought she had found the perfect home, but as much as the people loved her and treated her wonderfully, they were not prepared for Sophia's ongoing fear and distrust of all things new. So Sophia is back at the shelter, and ready to try again. She is wonderful with other dogs and does not seem to mind cats at all. She walks nicely on leash and loves to cuddle and give kisses once she knows you. She would do best in a home without small children as she can become fearful with too much noise and commotion. Sophia is confident that her perfect family is waiting for her. If you'd like to meet her and spend some time getting to know her, please stop in anytime. And if you bring a might just get a kiss.

Pluto is a 4 month old neutered male lab/shepherd mix who was brought to us with his sister by the NBSPCA Animal Protection Officer. Pluto is a high energy puppy who loves to play with the other dogs he meets. He is equally wonderful with people. He is looking for a family who will commit to teaching him manners and how to be a good canine citizen. He also requires tons of exercise, both physical and mental.

Goofie is a 4 month old spayed female lab/shepherd mix. She was brought to us with her brother by the NBSPCA Animal Protection Officer. Goofie is a VERY playful and outgoing girl. She is wonderful with other dogs and loves to interact with everyone who comes to visit. Goofie has had no formal training and is looking for a home with a family who is committed to teaching her how to be a great canine citizen. She also will require tons of mental and physical stimulation and exercise.

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.