Have you ever adopted a pet from a shelter?

If so, how was the experience?


Asked by pupmom at 9:33 PM on Oct. 21, 2008 in Pets

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  • Mine wasn't from a shelter, per se, but she was from a home that took in homeless animals.
    It was great. We got a wonderful kitten from them. ;) Just make sure one of your first stops is the vet to make sure that there aren't any fleas, kennel cough, worms, ect. Also, some older animals will be fine, but definately spend time with them, and make sure they will be comfortable around kids. I think it's great to adopt animals. It gives animals a second chance.

    Answer by mrseum at 9:40 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

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  • Yes, my cat and my dog. It was a great experience and they are the best pets I've ever had. I think shelter animals just know they were shelter animals and are grateful to be adopted, sounds silly, but I always heard other people say their shelter pets were the best, and now I have two and wouldn't trade them for the world.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:40 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

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  • My experience could have definitely been better. We got a purebred golden retriever from a shelter, and she was not grateful, she's crazy. She came with worms and kennel cough and cost us a fortune, she's not untrainable, but she's definitely not easily trained. BUT she is very friendly and sweet, and I think after a few more months of work, we will have a very good dog (I HOPE!). I'm not saying shelter dogs are bad, but my next dog will be a puppy from a breeder, so I know where it came from, it's past and everything. Training an adult dog is very hard, and I'm not interested in doing it again, but I wouldn't give up our dog now, she's a nice dog and needed a second chance...

    Answer by toriandgrace at 9:55 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

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  • I don't know much about cats. If you're looking for a dog, and you have kids, make sure someone can attest to the dog's patience with children. If you go to the pound, look for a dog that isn't barking up a storm as you move through. Maybe it is just lying there, not scared, just waiting. Also, be prepared to take the dog on 30 minute walks EVERY DAY at a minimum. Otherwise, you'll have a kooky dog, no matter what the temperament. Good luck! I am so encouraged when I hear that others are going for adoption over breeders/puppy mills. You are a star!

    Answer by 11lep at 9:56 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

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