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ADOPTION

We are indebted to our adopters. Without them, Angels Bark could not begin to fulfill our mission, and hundreds of dogs would have lost their lives. Everyone who adopts an animal, helps to save the lives of two animals – the one who is adopted, and the life of a homeless animal somewhere who can be then be rescued because space in a foster home becomes available. Feel the warmth of a cold nose today!

ADVICE FOR SUCCESSFULLY ADOPTING A RESCUED DOG

A little preparation goes a long way to help your new dog transition to his life in your home. We strongly recommend you have or buy before, or immediately after the adoption: food, bowls for water and food, a leash, collar, and bedding. Ask the fosterer about the food your dog has been eating. If you intend to feed a different food, remember to transition to the new food slowly, to prevent digestive distress.

Please bring a leash and collar with you when picking up your dog. Purchase an ID tag and local dog license within 5 days of bringing your dog home. Some pet stores, such as PetSmart, have machines were you can create an ID tag immediately. Please take your new dog to your veterinarian within two weeks of adoption.

To set the tone for a positive relationship from the beginning, proper introductions with each dog in the home are essential, regardless of the dog’s age. Children should NOT handle a dog during introductions. http://www.citydogsrescuedc.org/dog-introductions.html provides clear steps and excellent advice to help all the pets in your home become accustomed to the new group dynamics.

Because your home will be at least the 3rd home your newly adopted dog/puppy has known: his original home, the shelter or foster home, and now your home, your dog will need time to adjust to his new life. It may take a few hours, days, weeks or months for him to ”normalize”. We encourage you to keep in touch with us, to give us updates on your arrival and progress. We are available for advice and support, when needed.

When he’s first settling in, your dog may experience shyness, anxiety, restlessness, excitement, crying or barking. He may exhibit excessive water drinking, frequent urination, or diarrhea. His appetite may not be good. If any of these symptoms last more than a few days, call your veterinarian.

Understand that grabbing at, hugging, and kissing are all human behaviors, not canine behaviors. It is normal for a dog to resist this type of handling, if your dog has not been socialized well.

We urge you to enroll your dog/puppy in a training class about 2 weeks after bringing him home. Choose an instructor who uses motivational, or positive training.

Establish a routine for feeding, walking, exercising, etc., to help your dog get used to a predictable environment. Consistency and predictability is comforting to your dog and will help him adjust to your home.

Your dog should have access to fresh, clean water at all times. If he is crated, please use a water bottle designed for use with crates if he knocks water bowls over.

We encourage you to feed your pets with the best food you can afford. Many “common problems” in dogs are caused by feeding improper foods and inadequate nutrition. The cost of quality food will always be less than the cost to treat illness or allergies caused by poor nutrition. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ provides unbiased food reviews.