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  • Hi, I'm Caitlin Lewis, community outreach manager for the Humane

  • Society of Greater Dayton.

  • Adopting a new dog or puppy is an exciting and sometimes scary endeavor.

  • But we're going to take some of the scary out of the equation by walking

  • through some of the biggest barriers to adoption.

  • Then we'll get you and your family to find just the right dog for your home.

  • Shelter pets can seem like a gamble, but they're actually great way to add

  • a new member to your family.

  • The problem is that there's a lot of misinformation

  • circulating around pet adoption.

  • A common assumption is that all pets that are brought into a shelter must

  • have something wrong with them.

  • This is simply not true.

  • In fact, the main reasons pets are given up include, owners are moving to

  • housing that don't allow pets.

  • Owner having personal problems.

  • Too many or no room for litter mates.

  • Owner can no longer afford the pet.

  • Owner no longer has time for the pet.

  • Many of these reasons have nothing to do with the pets themselves.

  • Working with a shelter staff and volunteers can be a great way to

  • figure out the best match for you and your home.

  • If you've already decided adoption is the right route for you, let's talk

  • about what to expect when you arrive at the shelter.

  • To help ensure that their pets are matched with responsible, appropriate

  • owners, shelters often have a screening process in place.

  • You may be ask to attend an interview, fill out an application,

  • and/or sign a contract.

  • They may also require a home visit, references from your vet, and possibly

  • other requirements.

  • The screening process benefits both the pet and the potential adopter.

  • It helps increase the likelihood that you'll go home with a pet that's right

  • for your family, one that fits your lifestyle.

  • At the shelter, you will have the opportunity to walk through the dog

  • kennel area to see if you are interested in meeting any of the dogs.

  • If one of the dogs catches your attention, a staff member or volunteer

  • will bring the dog in to you in a separate visitors room so that you can

  • have some private time with him.

  • Here you can have your family meet and interact with the dog to see if he is

  • a good fit for your family.

  • Shelters also highly encourage you to bring any other family pets, if

  • appropriate, so you can ensure that they get along well with your new

  • potential pet.

  • In addition to selecting and bringing home your new dog, you are going to

  • need a number of new items in order to feed and care for your new pet.

  • It may be a good idea to wait until you select your new pet before you

  • begin shopping for supplies.

  • For example, some items, such as food and water bowls, or collars and

  • harnesses, depend upon the size of the pet you will be adopting.

  • Also, be sure to find out which food your pet was eating in the shelter or

  • foster home so that you can provide the same in the beginning to ease the

  • transition.

  • After the pet has settled in, talk with your veterinarian about switching

  • to a high nutrition dog food that's right for his age and size.

  • Well, I hope we've been able to convince you that a shelter dog can

  • make a wonderful companion for you and a welcome addition to your home.

  • By taking the time to do your research, and with a little patience,

  • you'll find just the right dog for you.

  • Now, let's recap.

  • Shelters are a great option if you're considering adopting a dog.

  • Work with your local shelter to find a dog that's a good fit for you.

  • And lastly, make sure to find out what shelter's adoption process entails as

  • this can vary from shelter to shelter.

  • On behalf of Iams, I'm Caitlin Lewis for Howdini.

  • For more information and offers, check out the website.

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  • Did you adopt your pet?

  • Be sure to tell us your story in the comment section below.

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