Learn how to choose a shelter dog with tips and advice from someone who worked in a dog shelter. You'll find out what to look for and what questions to ask to help you pick the best dog or puppy for you, your family and your lifestyle.
An AKC Breeder of Merit's guide to finding a reputable dog breeder for your new family member with tips on where to look, red flags to watch out for, and typical breeder and puppy buyer obligations.
Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida, is enjoying increased community support for animals that are in need of forever homes. Awareness of needs is increasing for precious lives.
So many dogs out there are in need of being rescued. Ask yourself these questions to decide if you are ready to take on a rescue pet.
Are you thinking about buying a German Shepherd puppy? You should definitely consider a rescue before going to a breeder. There are too many great dogs that need a nice family home.
At what age should you adopt your puppy and when is it too early to separate puppies from their mom and littermates? Learn why it is risky to adopt or purchase an underage puppy.
Animal rescue is one of the most important secret movements. It's more than likely going on in your own backyard, and you may not have any idea. Here's a closer look.
Do you know what you should look for when buying a puppy from a breeder? Dog expert Margaret H. Bonham explains what to watch out for when you are looking for a puppy from a breeder.
This article provides tips and advice for how to successfully bring a dog home with a smooth, happy transition.
If you are considering adopting a puppy mill dog, it's important to know what to expect considering that puppy mill dogs are not the average dogs most people are accustomed to. Adopting a puppy mill dog can come with many challenges, but forewarned is forearmed.
Dogs are social creatures. They like to be with their families and included in activities and daily life. Being a responsible dog owner means teaching your dog to be a good house pet and a good canine citizen.
If you're thinking about bringing home a pug puppy, read this article to learn whether you'll fair better with a male or a female.
Local shelters have a multitude of ongoing needs. The Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida, is a shelter where needs are being met in a variety of ways. It takes a village.
Some people just shouldn't own dogs. Since anyone can get a dog, many people who should not own dogs end up acquiring them through various means. Sometimes they receive them as gifts. Here are 6 types of the many people out there that should not own dogs.
A visit to any animal shelter will be spent watching the Chihuahuas in the small dog cages and the Labrador crosses in the dog runs. Why are these breeds so prevelant?
You've probably read that getting a puppy for Christmas is a bad idea. In many circumstances, that's true. But getting a puppy for Christmas isn't automatically a bad idea if you're ready for puppy and dog ownership.
Dogs make affectionate and attentive pets and can provide children with a sense of discipline and empathy, but they require a great deal of attention and training.
Rescue dogs are unforgettable—so much so, that most people who adopt a second-chance pet will return to a shelter when they are ready to get another dog.
A few months after we lost our beloved dog Petra at the age of 16, our family decided to get a new dog. Instead, we got two. It turned out to be one of the best decisions we ever made. Both dogs are delightful family pets, and they keep each other company when no one else is home.
The grief involved when you lose your dog is very hard to deal with. This article explains how we coped with the loss of our dog. No, he was not just a dog — he was our mate, friend, and companion.
Make sure your dog adoption goes smoothly by following six tips that will reduce the likelihood of a difficult transition. Most newly adopted dogs do well with patience and planning.
Pit bulls are not a distinct breed. Education is necessary to protect these dogs and give families the privilege of owning a pittie. These dogs can live amazing lives with education about adoption.
If you're looking to get a purebred dog, consider rescuing one from the shelter or a purebred rescue. Not only will you save a life, but you may get the dog you've always wanted.
Senior dogs are often overlooked at the shelter, but many of them make great pets and have years of love left to give. Older dogs are calmer and always ready for a snuggle. Here's a list of more reasons older dogs make great pets.
This is an informational article on U.S. cities that are hoping to stem inhumane breeding practices by making it mandatory for pet stores to sell only rescue dogs.
All kids should be allowed to have a dog, so make it easy for your parents to say yes. Find out five things you should do, and take a look at a bunch of great puppy pictures!
Most dogs end up in animal shelters through no fault of their own. They only know what we teach them. Rescue dogs may not be cute, fluffy puppies, but they have just as much to offer. With a few helpful hints and a lot of patience, your rescue dog will be an amazing companion in no time.
There are a few things that you can do to get your home and family ready for a new puppy. Use this checklist to make sure you are ready for your new pet.
Older dogs can be wonderful pets if you give them a chance. They're generally calm and well-behaved and they make great for first-time owners. Best of all, they're usually already housetrained!
There are many greyhounds and some greyhound puppies in the rescue centers in need of a good home. If you are thinking of adopting a large dog, why not consider giving a retired racing Greyhound a home? Here's what you should know before adopting greyhounds.
Before making the final decision to adopt a dog, it is important that you make sure his personality will fit in with your family. Find out what you need to do.
A quick guide with things to consider before getting a new dog. Having a dog is awesome, but it's a long-term responsibility!
Being a dog foster mom can be very rewarding! Here are some things to consider before deciding to foster, and some personal stories of dog fostering success.
Giving a new opportunity in life to an animal is a unique and rewarding experience, but not a perfect one. If you are still on the fence about adoption, here are some things that might help you make up your mind.
When looking for a pet, you can buy or you can adopt. Here are some reasons to choose adoption and my story.
If you're under stay-at-home orders or quarantine for a pandemic, like the ones experienced with COVID-19, and are looking for ways to ease your loneliness, you may decide to adopt a pets from the shelter. If you're considering adopting a pet, you need to know how to choose the right pet for you.
Whether you're looking for a show-stopping American Pit Bull Terrier who's born for the show ring or just a loving pet who lives to roll in the mud and sleep on your bed, the first step is finding a good-quality puppy from a reputable, conscientious...
This article considers the advantages and disadvantages of adopting an older dog and suggests where you might adopt an older dog from.
Do you plan on getting a German Shepherd puppy or already have a new friend at home? Here we provide a guide on how to handle the first couple of months.
A temperament test is not a crystal ball, but it can help you gain insights into a puppy's (or dog's) personality. Keep in mind that the puppy's behavior as an adult will depend on many factors, including his life experiences and parenting.
Many times, people are afraid to adopt an older dog because of how soon they might lose them. However, imagine giving a senior dog a loving, secure, and happy retirement home for whatever time he has left. His life, and yours, will be richer for it.
Raising a puppy can be one of the most joyful, rewarding experiences short of raising an actual child. But it isn't all fun and games, and it's important to be realistic about what to expect when bringing a new puppy home.
Getting a puppy is surely a super exciting event in your life, but don't be caught unprepared! Make sure you have all you will need when getting a puppy with this helpful puppy checklist! The list includes all of the essentials to make life with your new puppy a breeze.