Dog Adoption

Dog Adoption, dos and don'ts. Use other people experience with dog adoption, learn about the differences of adopting a puppy or an adult dog. Use the information below as a user guide to dog adoption and contribute your own experience to help others through the process.


January 6, 2009 | By Ro V. | 17

I help many people after adoptions and there are times when, sadly, the wrong dog or cat was given to the wrong family. It's got to be one of the most heartbreaking things for me to see when people have to return the pet due to a serious problem (i.… more ›

Ro V.

January 6, 2009

A: We adopted Radar, a 3 year old Jack Russell who had been on the streets for about 6 months before being taken to the shelter, and was at the shelter for a couple months before we adopted him. After we got him home, he turned out to be very aggressiv… more ›

January 25, 2009 | By Dennis S. | 29

Reading the Hill's news story about subsidized fees and see several comments that shelter adoption fees are too high what do zootoo'ers think is fair. Lets work under the basic asumption that the animal would be spayed or neutered, have a heartwor… more ›

Dennis S.
Corinne B.

January 25, 2009

A: With what pet stores charge for animals with health problems, etc... I think most shelter/rescue fees are extremely reasonable!

January 17, 2009 | By Mary B. | 45

I was looking at the dogs up for adoption and I saw that there were more black labs up for adoption than any other breed of dog. Personally, I have a black lab and shes a really great dog. I've had black labs all my life. They are an awsome breed. I … more ›

Mary L.

January 18, 2009

A: It is because they are such great dogs, therefore there are so many and so many owners are too stupid to spay and neuter, even in this day and age, that they are allowed to make lots of babies, lab mixes especially. Black dogs are beautiful, but wh… more ›

December 30, 2008 | By Rebecca B. | 9

I adopted a neglected puppy from our local shelter a few week's ago. I was aware at adoption that he had not been potty trained. Now I have tried everything to train him that I know. Nothing seem's to be working. Our other small dog uses wee-wee pad'… more ›

Rebecca  B.
Patty W.

December 30, 2008

A: AWWW poor pup. He is probably confused,and has never had proper training obviously. Have you tried crate training? You could put the pee pads in there with him until he gets it. Or put him in a small room with the pee pads. Put a couple of them down … more ›


April 26, 2010 | By Mary T. | 17

PLAISTOW, N.H. ─ First-grader Chassity Gregoire remembers a special day last year. “It was like a bright sunny day,” she said, when Jolly the dog came to thank the Pollard School kindergarten. The children helped pay for surgery that saved his … more ›

Small Change, Big Lessons for Kindergarten Helping Hurt Animals

April 25, 2010 | By Mary T. | 21

The romantic comedy "The Back-Up Plan," starring Jennifer Lopez and Alex O’Loughlin, opened this weekend at the box office. And for homeless and handicapped pets, the movie is more than just a fun flick. "[Chloe] has a pet store but do… more ›

"The Back-Up Plan" Raises Awareness of Homeless, Handicapped Pets

April 19, 2010 | By Mary T. | 18

When Nadia Sutton founded PAWS/LA 20 years ago, she had a specific goal in mind: helping people suffering from HIV and AIDS to care for their pets. For Sutton, the goal was personal. She had recently watched as a close friend suffering from AIDS was… more ›

Pet Care Blends With People Care at PAWS/LA

April 3, 2010 | By Mary T. | 45

Born at a Connecticut animal shelter, Bindu Su, an Aussie Shepherd, has a very complete life, making weekly local nursing home visits, competing in agility events and now, appearing on her very own commemorative United States Postal Service stamp.more ›

Stamps to the Rescue: USPS, Ellen DeGeneres Join Forces to Help Homeless Pets

April 5, 2008 | By Matt V. | 176

GOLDEN, Colo. -- The shelter community calls it “Kennel Crazy,” and it’s one of the leading reasons why an otherwise healthy dog becomes unadoptable. A kennel crazy dog will often bark and jump uncontrollably, making it drastically… more ›

Curing ‘Kennel Crazy’ Dogs Increases Adoption Chances

March 18, 2008 | By Piranhapetter | 1419

PHOENIX – The rescue of 800 Chihuahuas in a filthy rural Arizona home last week made headlines around the world. It was an extreme case of hoarding, which caught the media eye and turned out hundreds of goodwill seekers who then got ug… more ›

800 Rescue Dogs Cause International Adoption Craze

December 19, 2007 | By Matt V. | 683

NEW YORK – Seven-year-old Tootsie Roll is home safe after she escaped from her backyard in Sullivan County, New York. There’s only one problem – she went home to a different family. It all started when Tootsie Roll got loose from… more ›

Missing dog is adopted to new family

November 14, 2007 | By Piranhapetter | 771

ATLANTA – A dog that was nearly killed after being dragged down a highway while tied to a truck is ready to be adopted. His survival can be described only as amazing - and what's more, the dog now has a long list of people ready to lov… more ›

Dog Survives Truck, Ready for Adoption


February 27, 2008 | By Moore4dogs | 0

Meet Bubbles... She has obviously endured a horrendous neglected life...just take a look at the before and after picture,and watch the video of when she was being shaved...when she came to the shelter she looked like a heap of matted filthy tr… more ›

December 4, 2008 | By Julie | 16

I received a message from a friend regarding the Adoption of a Cocker Spaniel named Hailey. Evidently, the Rescue did not realize that Hailey was 4 to 6 weeks pregnant when she was adopted. The new owners took her to their vet, who also treats their … more ›

September 24, 2008 | By Morgan J. | 0

I adopted Noodles from the Carbon County Animal Shelter on May 12, 2008. She was given up because her owner became ill and could no longer take care of her. Noodles is a 4 year old chocolate Lab. She was already spayed and was current on all of he… more ›

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