The adoption of your new best friend can be the start of something beautiful or a disaster so it’s important to research your options and think through which type of pet is best for your lifestyle and your budget. Once you’ve decided if a dog or a cat is right for you, our adoption counselors will help you make the perfect match.

Here are some suggestions for preparing your home to welcome your new furry companion:

You Fell In Love but are You Ready to Commit?

Depending on the animal you adopt, you’re making a commitment to care for him the rest of his life. Depending on the age at adoption, dogs live 10 to 15 years and cats live up to 20 years. As you move through your own life phases such as the birth of a baby or new jobs that require a move, ideally your pet will remain with you.

With a 4-1/2 acre landscaped dog park and an indoor/outdoor Catio, our campus is ideal for spending time with prospective pets. Our adoption counselors will ask questions about your lifestyle and help guide you to your best prospects.

DOGSShould I Adopt a Dog?Dogs are known to be affectionate, funny, loyal and full of personalty. It’s important to learn about various breeds so be sure to ask our adoption counselors your questions. How shy or assertive is the dog? An active, bouncy dog might catch your eye, but a quiet or more reserved dog might be easier to live with and care for.How good is the animal with children? Learning about a dog's past from an adoption counselor can be helpful, but past information isn't always available. In general, an active dog who likes to be touched and is not sensitive to handling and noise, is a dog who'll probably do well in a house full of kids. Dog or Puppy?You may want to select a puppy as your new companion. However, young dogs usually require much more training and supervision than more mature dogs. If you lack the time or patience to house-train your pup or to correct problems like chewing and jumping, an adult dog may be a better choice. Is there already a baby in your family? Then consider older dogs (over age 1) because they can be easier to care for than puppies. Yes, you can teach adult dogs to bond with children. Dogs, after all, are pack animals, and most of them will want to fit into the family. Other Considerations: How do you feel about animal hair? Some breeds shed a lot, others a little, some not at all but those breeds may need grooming to keep their coat looking their best.Dogs need your time - do you have time to train, exercise and feed them twice a day?Is a new pet within your budget? Good pet care includes vacci- nations, heartworm preventative, flea & tick preventative; nutritious food, boarding when you travel or doggy daycare when you’re at work.Visit Our Dog Adoption Center CATSShould I Adopt a Cat?Cats are typically less demanding than dogs and can easily adjust to a variety of lifestyles and living spaces. Every cat is a true individual, so it's important to take the time to choose the friend who's right for you. A cat's personality and age, as well as the kinds of pets you already have at home are all things to keep in mind when making your selection.Choose a PersonalityIn our Catio, Kitten and Cat Rooms you'll notice some cats meow for special attention and energetically want to play, while others simply lie back and gaze at you. Which personality would be best for you?Kitten or Cat?Kittens are curious, playful, and full of energy; adult cats are more relaxed and less mischievous. Kittens need more time to train and feed. Remember kittens are babies only for a few months. Young children usually don't have the maturity to handle kittens properly, so a cat that’s at least four months old is probably the best choice for homes with children, 6 years or younger.Shorthair or Longhair?Cats can have long, fluffy coats or short, dense fur, and the choice between the two is primarily a matter of preference and the amount of time that you can devote to grooming your cat.Other Considerations:You'll see more shorthaired cats at the shelter because they're the most popular and common cats. The main thing to keep in mind is that longhaired cats require frequent grooming to remain mat-free. Cats with short coats also benefit from brushing, though they do not need it as frequently.Most cats enjoy a regular brushing and will look forward to this as part of a daily routine with you.Visit Our Cat Adoption Center