Bringing Home a Shelter Dog Guide  

Study breeds available at shelters to find best fits for your lifestyle before meeting pups.

Breed Research

Observe dogs' personalities and behaviors when interacting during initial meet-and-greets.

Visit In Person 

Have shelter vet exam dog thoroughly and disclose medical history before adoption paperwork.

Check For Health   

Buy supplies in advance - crate, leash, tag, food bowl. Make home safe for new arrival.  

Puppy Prep

Review and sign adoption agreement outlining care commitments and ownership transfer.

Sign Contract 

Give new dog ample adjustment period to comfortably acclimate to your home's sights and sounds.  

Transition Time  

Expect minor behavior or potty accidents at first. Respond gently while dog is learning.  

Be Patient

Training Your dog to Love Pets