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Your new puppy, dog, cat or kitten will most likely be a part of your life for many years. Are you ready to make that commitment? Can you afford the costs of your new pet's medical care and emergencies, boarding costs if you travel, food, toys, grooming, etc.? Is your home or apartment appropriate for the type of pet you have chosen?

Is the breed and/or age of pet you're interested in a good fit for your lifestyle? Be honest. If you're a couch potato at heart, your good intentions of going to the park every day with a young, active dog might not come to pass. How much time do you have available for your pet, in comparison to the needs of the pet you have chosen? For example, a puppy is not a good choice for someone who works long hours.

When you bring your new pet home, please realize this is all a big change for him or her. Even young puppies or kittens have had several situations to adjust to before coming home with you. An adult dog or cat may have had many more. Somehow or another, though no fault of their own, your new dog or cat may have found themselves homeless and then bounced around through any number of changes. It may take some time for them to settle into their new home. Try to be reasonable in your expectations. Accidents may occur. Set rules for your dog to follow and make sure everyone else in the family is prepared to follow through on those rules as well. Sometimes it can take many weeks until your pet becomes completely comfortable. Please commit to giving them that time!

Your new cat might hide when they get to their new home. They might forget some of their litter box habits. Bringing a new pet home might cause your previous cats to not use their litter box. Please give them time, encouragement, a lot of love and especially, patience and they will turn out to be a wonderful companion.

A new dog might already have negative opinions of people. They might flinch when you move quickly or raise your voice. Approach them with confidence and they will learn to be confident too. They may forget their manners, if they had any at all, and need you to show them the rules again, consistently and fairly. It might take some time and again, lots of patience, but soon, they will become your dog and it will all be worthwhile.

Please consider taking your dog to obedience classes. Even experienced dog owners can always learn something new. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! If you put forth the effort of helping your dog be an enjoyable family member, odds are you will want to stay with them throughout their whole lives. Check out our Business Partners page for trainer suggestions.

Are you still with us?.....good! Not all dogs or cats will come with this much baggage, but it's best to be prepared. When you consider how many hundreds of unwanted dogs and cats come through Planned Pethood's adoption program, you will understand why it's so important to us to try to assure the best possible adoptions. This will bring you and your pet many enjoyable years together.

Interested in adopting a Pit Bull type dog? We have complied some helpful tips and laws you should know when considering the adoption of a Pit Bull dog or puppy. You can read about them by clicking here.


  • All family members must be present at the time of adoption.

  • If you rent an apartment, house, or live in a trailer park, we will need a copy of your lease. This will allow us to make sure you have permission to have a pet before adoption.

  • While we try to have enough screeners to move things along, you could have up to a 2 hour screening wait time at our weekend adoption events.

  • Although we try to be 100% accurate, we cannot guarantee breed, estimated size of puppies when full grown or any other statements made on the website, at visits or at our adoption events.

  • The age of our pets has been determined by a veterinarian.

  • All of our pets have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, appropriate to their age, and vet checked before adoption.

  • We no longer accept out-of-town checks.

For more information, please visit out our Adoption Process page.