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What To Expect?
THINK ABOUT THIS: Your new dog may have been abandoned, abused or surrendered by a previous family. The dog had to adjust to life at Little Angels Rescue and is now going home to a new, unfamiliar place with strangers. Kind of scary if you think about it! Being gentle, considerate, kind and patient will help ease your new dog into it's new family.
I'M SCARED: Your dog might be afraid and unsure of his new surroundings. If he appears to be scared, keep him in a small, quiet area to start, and take it slow. Don't allow children to bother the dog if he is afraid; fear can result in nipping. Instead, give your dog plenty of time to adjust to his new surroundings, taking it one step at a time. Don't give up!
EXPECT MISTAKES: Even a potty trained dog can make mistakes in a new home. He doesn't know which door to go to or how to ask his new family what he wants. Keep a very watchful eye on your new friend and confine him when you can't watch him.
EXPECT BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS: Your dog had a whole different set of rules in his previous home. He may have been allowed to sleep in bed or beg at the table. It's up to you to teach him your rules. Teaching proper behavior takes time and patience.
HOW LONG WILL ALL THIS TAKE?: Allow several weeks to adapt to his new surroundings and up to four months to fully adjust (Adults may take longer than pups). Adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment. We assume that you will make a patient and concerted effort to achieve a successful placement.

Dispelling the Myths About Shelter Pets

Myth: There are many misconceptions about the quality of animals found in rescue shelters. The persistent stigma which shelter pets have been labeled is they are "damaged goods". Despite countless educational campaigns to educate the public, there still remain some individuals who believe shelter pets do not excellent companions, or else their original owners wouldn't have gotten rid of them.

Animals are brought to shelters for a large variety of reasons, some of which are...

  • Their owners have passed away and no other family member could care for the pet.
  • An irresponsible owner didn't get their pets spayed or neutered and ended up with unwanted litters.
  • The animal's owners were abusive to the animal, so the authorities have removed the pet from the harmful environment .
  • An animal was purchased or adopted by someone who did not take into consideration all of the responsibilities associated with caring for a pet. A good example of this would be someone who adopts a pet in an apartment complex that does not allow animals and then is subsequently forced to get rid of the pet.

Myth: Animals from abusive homes will ne

Most animals coming from abusive homes will typically make a full emotional recovery - with proper care and attention. In fact, many of them are so grateful to be rescued from their previous situation, they end up being more devoted and loyal than animals coming from non-abusive homes.

Myth: You never know what you're getting with shelter pets

Although its true that the medical history and temperament of an animal adopted from a rescue shelter are not always able to be tracked down, its really no different than an animal you might get from a pet store, unless you are buying a pedigree.

Myth: All animals in rescue shelters are sickly or unhealthy

Once again, it certainly IS possible that a pet adopted from a rescue shelter may have medical problems, however the majority of the animals who are adopted from shelters are perfectly healthy, and just need a good home. If anything, you're more likely to get an honest answer about an animal's medical problems from a shelter volunteer - who is clearly there because they *care* about the animals - as opposed to a pet store owner or breeder that is only it in for the money. Moreover, animals in shelters are typically treated better than animals in pet stores, which typically have spent their short lives in cramped environments with little socializing and often, unsanitary conditions.

To illustrate the point a little more clearly, when you go to a pet store, the animals are kept on display in tiny cages, often with multiple animals in one cage. When you go to a shelter, you will usually find much bigger animal pens, where the animals have some room to move.


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3288 SE Hansel Avenue
Arcadia, FL 34266

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