It seems like such a big commitment


You're right! It is a big commitment! You must be prepared to spend enough time with your companion animal, especially during the period of adjustment, and you must be prepared for the cost. Of course having a companion animal is very, very rewarding, but it IS a lifelong commitment!


If you have any questions or would like advice, feel free to ask one of our adoption counselors.

You are welcome to call, drop by or you can click here to send us a question or comment.


I have kids


It's always a good idea to bring your children in to meet a prospective new pet before adoption. Kids should understand how to read dog and/or cat body language. Children should also be taught not to pull on tails, play chase, and so forth. Of course, children should NEVER be left unsupervised with any animal. Ultimately this decision is complete yours, but knowledge is power - take the time to educate yourself and your children.


Visit our Behavioral Center for resources on companion animal body language.


I don't want to upset my existing pet


Again, preparation is the key to success. We recommend introducing your resident pets to any prospective new pets before adoption. We do offer supervised introduction in our visitation room. When you do decide to bring a new pet home, the main thing to remember is to go slowly! A crate for dogs, and a separate, restricted "base" room for cats helps a lot!


Click here to download our brochure about introducing DOGS into your home. (pdf format)

Click here to download our brochure about introducing CATS into your home. (pdf format)


I am not sure I have time for a new pet


Pets do take time. You will need to spend several hours a day in the company of your pet, and allow time to walk the pet or to make sure the pet gets proper exercise. Sometimes, in this case two pets really are easier than one, as they will interact and play with each other - taking some of the load off you. It is crucial to select a pet that will match your lifestyle. Consider very carefully before adopting a puppy! Everyone loves a puppies joyful exuberance, but if you are not prepared for the demands on your time (and patience!) that a puppy will require, it would be best to consider an adolescent or adult dog.


Again, our adoption counselors are more than happy to discuss this with you!

You are welcome to call, drop by or you can click here to send us a question or comment.


I am not sure I can afford a pet


Pets are expensive. You will need to provide good quality food, vaccinations (pets adopted from CHHS will be current on all vaccinations except rabies) and veterinary care, flea & tick preventative, heart-worm preventative, toys and other supplies. It is a good idea to add the cost of all these items up and make sure a pet fits into your budget before adopting. A visit to your local pet supply store is often a good idea.


I rent my home or apartment


We will need to contact your landlord to ensure your eligibility to own pets before your adoption application can be approved. Many people who do not own their homes are able to successfully and responsibly own pets. The flip side is that one of the most common reasons pets are surrendered to the shelter is that when renters move, their new landlords might not allow pets. You must consider whether your situation is stable enough that when the time comes for you to move if you can take the time to shop around for a home where you will be allowed to keep your pets. Remember, when you adopt a pet you are entering a lifelong commitment. This decision should not be made lightly.


I don't have a fenced yard


This concern really applies only to dogs, as outdoor or indoor/outdoor cats can easily jump over even the tallest fences. We do recommend that all cats be kept indoors only, at least in the vast majority of cases.


A fenced yard is the best situation for a dog. There are other alternatives however, including dog runs, invisible fences and tethers. Please check your city ordinance about tethering restrictions. Each of these has their own drawbacks and is not ideal, but can be workable.


Dog runs are usually the best all around compromise, but don't have a lot of space so the dog will need regular exercise. Tethers can be effective for potty breaks although leash walking is far superior. Tethers do not prevent other animals from bothering your pet and in no case should a companion animal be on a tether for an extended length of time. Also, many dogs that come to Caring Hands as strays have escaped tethers. Use caution, consideration and common sense when using tethers. Invisible fences can be effective restraint, but do not always work perfectly and are considered controversial because they do cause pain to your companion animal. Also, passers-by do not necessarily know you have such restraint for your animal and as such can cause unnecessary anxiety.


Again, a dog run is generally the better compromise. If you need to consider restraint other than a fence, feel free to discuss your situation with our adoption counselors. You are welcome to call, drop by or

you can click here to send us a question or comment.



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