should I adopt
a shelter or rescue pet?
Many shelter pets are on “death row”: they have a limited availability before they are killed. Shelter and rescue dogs are cheaper than puppy mills and more reputable than a dog from a cardboard box in a parking lot. By adopting a shelter pet, you are joining a community with resources to answer your questions and help with concerns. We are a no-kill shelter: we would never euthanize a dog because their time was up!
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How do I adopt a pet?
Adoption is a several step process, involving a meet and greet on our site, and an interview in your home (with one of our founders, you, and the dog). We have an adoption application, and adoption contract that both must be completed and submitted to WCDR.
Are there any adoption requirements?
Requirements depend on the dog. Some dogs may only go to homes with no other dogs, or with no small children. Other dogs require a quiet environment, or outdoor space. We do require that you have resources to treat the dog properly with food, shelter, training (if needed) and plenty of attention and love.
How to avoid picking the wrong pet?
Don’t rely on pictures alone to determine which pet is right for you or your family. Come visit us, and we can set up a meet and greet with the dog(s) of your choosing, so you can interact with them individually. As part of the adoption process, we also schedule an in-home interview with the dog so we can see how the dog behaves in your environment.
Q&A: Are pets for adoption healthy?
We make sure every rescue is spayed or neutered and up-to-date on shots, but we cannot guarantee that the dog doesn’t have any undiagnosed health issue. This is no different than adopting from a puppy mill or brick and mortar pet store, and we interact with our rescues daily to help them with their social etiquette and training.