• Every dog needs a permanent loving home and caring for your new friend is a lifetime commitment -- with most dogs living to at least 14 years of age or older
  • Consider the size of your home when selecting a dog to ensure that both you and your dog have room and that you have the time to exercise him/her each day
  • Before adopting a dog, determine his/her grooming requirements and make sure that everyone is willing to do what it takes to keep his/her coat clean and shiny
  • Make sure it is a family decision and if you already have pets, that your new friend will fit right in
  • A little research goes a long way…..there are breeds that are more compatible with allergy sufferers than others
  • For a healthy happier life, and to help control pet overpopulation, have your pet spayed or neutered and visit your veterinarian for regular checkups and vaccinations
  • Involve everyone who will be caring for this new furry companion in the selection of a dog for adoption
  • Instead of surprising someone at Christmas with the gift of a dog, create your very own special gift certificate that can be used during a visit by the whole family or your friends at your local humane society, animal shelter or rescue group
  • Dogs need love and attention year round, not just at Christmas
  • As the holiday season is filled with activities, please adopt your new friend in late November or early January