Caring for Your Dog
- External Identification. Make sure your dog has a collar with an ID tag. Make sure you include your name, address and telephone number on the ID tag.
- Microchip Identification. Have your dog microchipped either at your Vet or at the Shelter. Microchip ID will ensure that your dog will be returned to you if he/she is lost. Make sure contact the Animal Shelter to register your pet's microchip information.
- Make sure your dog receives his/her vaccinations for rabies and other diseases. Heartworms are becoming more common in our area, so we recommend keeping your dogs on a monthly heartworm preventative all year. This medicine can only be obtained through a licensed Vet.
- Spay or neuter your dog. It eliminates the risk of reproductive cancers and reduces the likelihood your pet will want to run away.
- Give your dog enough exercise to keep him physically fit. It is also important to make sure your dog has appropriate toys to keep him busy when you are not at home.
- We always recommend crate training your new dog. A crate provides a safe, "den like" environment for your dog. It also provides a way to ensure that your new dog doesn't get overly anxious and chew or tear up things in your house when you leave them.
- It is common for newly adopted dogs to feel insecure in their new home. Please have patience with them; they may have been shuffled around a lot before arriving at your home.