Shelter Adoption Consultation

We want more dogs to be adopted from the shelters – and for those adoptions to be a success! Our new unique service offers to meet people at the shelters to help them select a dog wisely.

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Adopting a dog straight from the shelter can be a daunting prospect. Even going to the shelter can be a scary thought and you feel like you want to take them all, so in the end you don’t go at all.

There are so many to choose from, and it can seem nearly impossible to tell the true personality of a dog based on what you see through the fence.

Many dogs are scared, others are overly excited and barking, so what you see in the run may not be their true personality.

We also know how easy it is to take pity on a dog and take them home because you feel sorry for them (believe us, we’ve done it), but in order to ensure the long-term success of your relationship with your dog, you need to be realistic about your own expectations and the true needs of the dog you choose to adopt.

Mascot at the shelter

This is where we can help. We have spent years working with shelter dogs, evaluating them, rescuing them, and then working with them as they come into our homes (and are eventually adopted).

We have learned how to assess the characteristics of dogs even based on the short interactions that are possible at the shelter. We also know how the shelter system works, how dogs are categorized, what to look out for, and what to ask the staff or volunteers.

Mascot at the shelter

Adopting a dog straight from the shelter can be a daunting prospect. Even going to the shelter can be a scary thought and you feel like you want to take them all, so in the end you don’t go at all.

There are so many to choose from, and it can seem nearly impossible to tell the true personality of a dog based on what you see through the fence.

Many dogs are scared, others are overly excited and barking, so what you see in the run may not be their true personality.

We also know how easy it is to take pity on a dog and take them home because you feel sorry for them (believe us, we’ve done it), but in order to ensure the long-term success of your relationship with your dog, you need to be realistic about your own expectations and the true needs of the dog you choose to adopt.

Mascot at the shelter

This is where we can help. We have spent years working with shelter dogs, evaluating them, rescuing them, and then working with them as they come into our homes (and are eventually adopted).

We have learned how to assess the characteristics of dogs even based on the short interactions that are possible at the shelter. We also know how the shelter system works, how dogs are categorized, what to look out for, and what to ask the staff or volunteers.

Where To Start

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To help you choose the right dog for you, it helps to think about a few things in advance:

  • Check with your landlord if there are any size or breed restrictions in your home.
  • Think about your lifestyle: how much time do you have to walk the dog, and how many hours will the dog need to be home alone? How much experience do you have of working with dogs?

These are major considerations for determining the kind of dog you should be looking at, in terms of age, size, and energy-level. (As in, if you are out all day and only want to do short walks, don’t adopt a high-energy, large-breed puppy. If you never had a dog before, don’t get a strong-minded dog with existing behavioral problems.)

We recommend that before deciding to adopt a dog, you familiarize yourself with the information on our website (see New Dog Help, Adopt a Dog).

Where To Start

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To help you choose the right dog for you, it helps to think about a few things in advance:

  • Check with your landlord if there are any size or breed restrictions in your home.
  • Think about your lifestyle: how much time do you have to walk the dog, and how many hours will the dog need to be home alone? How much experience do you have of working with dogs?

These are major considerations for determining the kind of dog you should be looking at, in terms of age, size, and energy-level. (As in, if you are out all day and only want to do short walks, don’t adopt a high-energy, large-breed puppy. If you never had a dog before, don’t get a strong-minded dog with existing behavioral problems.)

We recommend that before deciding to adopt a dog, you familiarize yourself with the information on our website (see New Dog Help, Adopt a Dog).

How The Shelter Consultation Works

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Our unique service offers to meet you at a city shelter to help you select a dog that will be a good match for you and your lifestyle. We ask for a small donation that goes towards rescuing another shelter dog.

We cannot guarantee that, simply by selecting a dog that appears to be a good match, everything will be easy and perfect: bringing a dog into your life is never without its challenges. Whether it is a puppy or a senior, there will be personality traits to deal with and committing to a dog means being willing to work with who they are.

Please fill out our form below and we will contact you to chat more and possible set up a day to meet at the shelter:

Shelter Consultation Request

How The Shelter Consultation Works

Mascot Adopted

Our unique service offers to meet you at a city shelter to help you select a dog that will be a good match for you and your lifestyle. We ask for a small donation that goes towards rescuing another shelter dog.

We cannot guarantee that, simply by selecting a dog that appears to be a good match, everything will be easy and perfect: bringing a dog into your life is never without its challenges. Whether it is a puppy or a senior, there will be personality traits to deal with and committing to a dog means being willing to work with who they are.

Please fill out our form below and we will contact you to chat more and possible set up a day to meet at the shelter:

Shelter Consultation Request

Testimonials

Debi and Leo

Debi and Leo

It was so great to have Mia help us find Leo at the shelter, especially since we already have another dog, kids and small animals in our house. Having support and advice after we brought him home was huge as well – it helped us greatly to successfully adopt Leo into our family.

Debi and Leo

Debi and Leo

It was so great to have Mia help us find Leo at the shelter, especially since we already have another dog, kids and small animals in our house. Having support and advice after we brought him home was huge as well – it helped us greatly to successfully adopt Leo into our family.

Manuela and Moxi

Looking for a dog turned out to be rather stressful and difficult. I wanted to rescue a dog from a shelter, but it was overwhelming and I got discouraged making a choice. How does one make a choice? I felt lost seeing all the dogs and ended up leaving the shelter very confused and sad.

As I told a friend of mine of this experience, she happened to know someone very involved in dog rescue and also very used to visiting shelters. I got her contact information and reached out to her. Mia met me at a local shelter and we spoke for a while before we started looking at the dogs. It was a total different experience from before, she pointed out that at this particular shelter, many of the little dogs would get adopted rather quick, they where not all going to die as I had pictured in my head previously.

By observing the dogs in their kennels, and how they behaved towards each other, the people who walked up to greet them and so on, we asked to see a couple of them in the meet and greet section where we could interact with the dogs one at them time. I ended up adopting a small adult dog, that was pretty calm in this hectic environment, a little shy but very sweet and appeared to be a good match for me and my lifestyle.

I left feeling very happy that I was able to rescue a dog from the shelter, and go home having a little bit of knowledge already about the dogs temperament, and what to expect bringing home a new dog. I look forward to our future together, and I my goal is to rescue a big dog when I have more space and can add another dog to my home!

Manuela and Moxi

Looking for a dog turned out to be rather stressful and difficult. I wanted to rescue a dog from a shelter, but it was overwhelming and I got discouraged making a choice. How does one make a choice? I felt lost seeing all the dogs and ended up leaving the shelter very confused and sad.

As I told a friend of mine of this experience, she happened to know someone very involved in dog rescue and also very used to visiting shelters. I got her contact information and reached out to her. Mia met me at a local shelter and we spoke for a while before we started looking at the dogs. It was a total different experience from before, she pointed out that at this particular shelter, many of the little dogs would get adopted rather quick, they where not all going to die as I had pictured in my head previously.

By observing the dogs in their kennels, and how they behaved towards each other, the people who walked up to greet them and so on, we asked to see a couple of them in the meet and greet section where we could interact with the dogs one at them time. I ended up adopting a small adult dog, that was pretty calm in this hectic environment, a little shy but very sweet and appeared to be a good match for me and my lifestyle.

I left feeling very happy that I was able to rescue a dog from the shelter, and go home having a little bit of knowledge already about the dogs temperament, and what to expect bringing home a new dog. I look forward to our future together, and I my goal is to rescue a big dog when I have more space and can add another dog to my home!