How to Adopt a Dog
Dogs available for adoption at Lakeshore PAWS are fully loaded: spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested (at the appropriate age), and flea/tick & heartworm preventative. Please be patient with us as we are 99% volunteer run; our goal is to find loving homes for the homeless pets in our program.
A Step By Step Outline
of Our Adoption Process:
- Come in to our adoption center or go online and fill out a brief adoption survey. You will answer questions about what you're looking for in a pet. Our volunteers will review your survey and answer any questions you may have. Our goal is to find the best match for you and your lifestyle.
- Bring the whole family! If you already have resident dogs, we require dog-to-dog introductions as a part of the match-making process.
- If your pet meet is a success, you will complete some paperwork and learn about the many "extras" included with each adoption. Then you and your new family member can go home and begin your "Happy Tails" life.
- We have a variable adoption fee policy based on an animal's age, breed, temperament, behavioral issues, and physical condition.
Questions to Ask Before Adopting
- Have You Clearly Identified the Reason You Want a Pet?
Is it because you are looking for a loyal companion for your family? Do you want your existing pet to have a friend? Maybe you want your child to grow up with animals to learn responsibility and compassion. No matter what your motivation, selecting a pet is a personal decision. Understanding the reason for that decision will help in determining which pet is best for you.
- Are You Ready to Make a Long-Term Commitment?
Adopting a pet means that you are making a commitment to care for that animal for its entire life. As you go through lifestyle changes such as moving, new jobs, the birth of children, your pet will remain a permanent part of your life. Are you willing to make that kind of commitment?
- Have You Considered the Financial Impact of Being a Responsible Pet Parent?
Quality food, regular vaccines, wellness visits, etc. are very important to the health and safety of your pet. As pets age, their veterinary expenses can increase, too. Are you prepared to accept the potential cost of caring for your family pet to keep them happy and healthy for life?
- Are You Willing to Train Your Companion Pet?
Lack of training is a major cause of animals being returned to the shelter after adoption. Basic training, or manners training, helps dogs and their owners begin to speak the same language and communicate better which leads to a stronger relationship.
- Is Your Living Arrangement Appropriate for a Pet?
If you are attracted to a high-energy or large breed dog, but have a small apartment or small back yard, will they have enough room? If you are a renter, have you considered what you will do when you move and have you investigated the pet policy and discussed pets with your landlord? Moving is the number one reason people give when they relinquish an animal into the shelter system. Thinking ahead will help you avoid this heartbreak if and when your living situation changes.