Get a Pet
Thinking of getting a new pet?
Not sure where to begin? Here are some tips that should be useful in
your quest for a new best friend.
Why Adopt From A Shelter?
You are saving a life.
Best bang for your buck. Did
you know that spay/neuter surgery is included in the
adoption fee at the Capital Area Humane Society?
Click here to find out what else is included in
Looking for a purebred? Nearly
30 percent of dogs in shelters are purebreds.
Shelters typically have a large
selection of animals looking for forever homes.
You will have access to a
knowledgeable staff that is very familiar with the
Breed Placement Groups
Breed placement groups are made
up of dog and cat fanciers with an interest in a
These groups offer a wealth of
knowledge about a particular breed.
They are committed to finding
permanent, loving homes for animals.
These groups are the next best
alternative to adopting an animal from a sheltering
for a list of local breed placement groups,
additional shelters and resources.
What’s Wrong with Pet Stores?
Too often, pet stores obtain
animals from massive breeding operations called
Purchasing an animal from a pet
store financially validates the existence of
inhumane breeding operations.
These operations do not
encourage responsible pet ownership.
Employees are not always able to
provide information on animal’s health background.
The Breeder Route
If you have exhausted the sheltering
organizations and breed rescues, and still decide to go
the route of the breeder, make sure you are purchasing
an animal from a responsible breeder.
Ways to recognize a responsible
Breeding should be a passion and
hobby, not an occupation and means for making money.
The person should only be
breeding one type of dog and should not be a jack of
The breeder should be involved
with breed rescue.
Check references – contact
veterinarians and past purchasers.
Ask to meet the mother and
father dogs. If the father dog does not belong to
the breeder, he or she should be willing to give you
information so you can contact his owner.
Take a tour of the space the
dogs are kept in – the area should be clean and
A good breeder will educate you
about the behavioral and medical concerns for the
breed, and will talk about what he or she has done
to ensure healthy and behaviorally sound litters.
While all dogs should be
registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC), keep
in mind that a registry is not guaranteeing
Beware of other registries with
less stringent regulations.
Find out what the breeder’s
responsibility is should the animal become sick.
Responsible breeders make a
major investment – spending a great deal on good
food, medical care and testing.
You should be prepared to make a