Things to Consider When Looking For Dogs For Adoption
Dogs for adoption at Los Angeles shelters vary widely in temperament, personality and size. Small dogs are especially difficult to place, since they are too energetic and potentially destructive to places that cannot properly house and care for them. Dog owners with larger breeds will be much more likely to find a loving, responsible and long-term home for their dog if they are able to bring their animal to a shelter for an initial checkup.
The breed of dog is another factor that can greatly affect the shelter’s life expectancy. If the dog is a large dog, it will require more space and time to prepare for its eventual placement in a new home. If the dog has an aggressive or very vocal personality, it will pose a greater risk of upsetting the person adopting it.
According to a study by the National Animal Control Association, Los Angeles shelters have room for about 700 adoptable dogs. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) says that their Los Angeles shelters can house around 300 dogs each year. There are a number of dog rescues in the city that place many more. Even the overcrowded Los Angeles animal shelters admit that their rooms are rarely full.
So what kind of dog should you consider when looking for a Los Angeles shelter? It depends on the breed and its particular temperament. Although some dogs may not be right for every home, there are breeds that are commonly accepted as canines for adoption.
Bulldogs, both full-grown and puppies, are one of the most popular dog breeds for adoption. Bulldogs are known for their protective nature and are excellent companions for family members that may have recently lost a loved one.
If your idea of a friendly and happy companion is a red lab, a Greyhound, Shih Tzu or Parisi (both of which are crossbreeds of Great Danes), you may have your ideal pet. These are generally high-energy dogs, which will need a lot of attention, stimulation and exercise, but they are friendly and highly intelligent.
For an all-around safe dog, perhaps a Labrador or Terrier is best. However, there are breeds of Labradors that are known for their protective nature and others that are said to be relatively aggressive temperament. And while dogs that are high on the “dog menace” list are often not suitable for families with children, there are breeds that are considered low on this list.
The first thing to do before adopting a dog is check to see if he or she is housebroken, has received obedience training, and is spayed or neutered. Every shelter has different regulations and requirements.
For most shelters, these things are usually no problem because most dogs are spayed or neutered before they are put up for adoption. However, some dog owners neglect this step. A good rule of thumb is to make sure the dog is spayed or neutered before you bring him or her to the shelter so you know the animal is healthy.
You should also ask about his or her long term care, medical conditions and socialization. You should also ask if there are any special dietary needs that the dog may need before bringing him or her into your home. Some dogs require special diet or special veterinary care that other dogs don’t.
For those that are unable to care for a dog and are unsure how to properly care for a new family member, there are a number of dogs for adoption on adoption sites such as Petfinder. You should look into these sites before you visit a local shelter, to see if there are any dogs available for adoption.
You don’t have to live in the next town over to adopt a dog, as long as you can find a place that has adequate space and does not frighten or disturb the old school neighborhood. By doing your homework, you will be able to find the dog you want.