Because you are considering adoption from an animal shelter, we know you are a responsible and caring person. Here are some things to consider before you make that decision to bring a furry friend into your life:
It’s amazing how many people do not ask themselves this simple question. Adopting a pet just because it’s “the thing to do” or the children have been wanting a puppy or kitten can be a mistake. A pet is a long commitment–10, 15, even 20 years and is a member of your family.
Dogs, cats, and other animals require food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of every year. Many animals in the shelter are there because their owners didn’t realize how much time it took to care for them.
Please bring your entire family to the shelter to meet your new pet and make sure everyone gets along well. That includes not only children (some pets don’t do well with young children) but your canine family members as well. BRHA can host “pet meets” in our “Meet & Greet Park.”
Pets may not be allowed at many rental communities or they may have restrictions or require an additional pet deposit. Make sure you know what the landlord’s requirements are before you come to adopt.
Accidents from animals who aren’t yet house-trained or are confused, possible adjustments to your home and routine, scratched furniture and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of pet ownership. An adjustment period between you and your family and your new friend takes patience and a commitment to gentle reward-based training.
Pets like a predictable routine, and if your routine is changing–perhaps because of a new job, a new house, a new member of the family–waiting until your new routine is settled is wise.
Animal size is not the only variable to think about here. For example, some small dogs such as terriers are very active—they require a great deal of exercise to be calm and often bark at any noise. On the other hand, some big dogs are quite content to lie on a couch all day.
Animals are not solitary beings. They are genetically taught to be part of a pack or group. You are becoming their pack now. They want to know they belong and are accepted into the family pack. When they are required to spend large amounts of time alone or kenneled, they feel banished from their pack; in the pack banished animals don’t survive. The perceived banishment can lead to behavior problems. BRHA policy requires that an animal become an integral part of your lives and not left outside full-time or tethered.
All adoption fees allow us to continue our work to save animals and place them into their ‘forever homes.’ Ongoing expenses for each animal include vaccinations, spaying/neutering, medical staff care, training … and even heat and water bills for the shelter. Staff provide ongoing supportive care, training, and socialization for animals who don’t always come to us problem free. They need love, good food, support and yes, play to thrive. Our staff provides the continuity to keep all programs running including support and coordination for our volunteers.
Adoption fees vary, depending on the type of pet and various special programs; please ask our staff what the fees are for a particular pet you’re considering.
Included with adoption fees:
• Spay or neuter surgery
• Basic vaccinations
• ID Tag
• Microchip identification
• Adoption information – contract and policy
• Goodie Bag for your new adopted pet!
For the senior members 55+ of our community, adoption fees are waived if you adopt a senior pet age 7 or older!
For any of us who have adopted a senior animal, we know the special gift they give. “They know stuff.” It’s like they know they have gotten a second chance and they love you all the more for it. They know what they want and THEY WANT A HOME!
These special animals may have never known a good home or they know exactly what they are missing and want to finish their lives with you! There is no equal to the adoration that can come your way when you adopt a senior pet!
To adopt a pet at BRHA, you’ll need to fill out an Adoption Application and complete an interview with an adoption specialist. But what’s more important is everything that comes before the application and the interview, namely, finding the best match possible.