Adoption is not the end, but the beginning.
Adopters, like dogs, come in all shapes and sizes. Some are single and live in a studio in NYC; others have large families and big fenced in property. Some have owned dogs their whole lives, others are novices. What we look for in adopters though, is one thing: commitment. We see pet guardianship as a lifelong trust. There is a life dependent on you, and it’s a responsibility unlike any other.
How to commit?
Realistic expectations: Get the dog that fits your life. You’re not going to change, don’t expect the dog to. You’re a couch potato, get a low energy dog. Have kids, consider what temperament is best. Think before you leap. It’s a big decision, not an impulse.
Patience: A shelter dog needs time, to adjust, to settle in, to feel safe. They’ve been traumatized. Even the most housetrained senior dog might have accidents, or chew something up out of stress. Be patient.
Exercise: Nothing balances a dog more than exercise. Walk, run, go to the doggie park. Moving forward is how a dog propels their body, their thinking. An exhausted dog is a happy dog.
Training: Obedience training is essential, whether individual lessons or a group at Petco, just do it.
Nutrition: Dogs, like people, can become irritable, hyper, depressed if fed the wrong diet. There’s great dog food out there, and horrible. Do your research, because it does make a difference.
Leadership: Dogs need to know their place in the pack. It’s their nature. If they don’t have that, they’re confused and stressed, and unwanted behaviors appear. Leadership is key, and comes through positive training and consistency.
Rebound Hounds screens applications, checks references, does home visits, then follow up, and accepts a donation. What we're really looking for though, is that COMMITMENT. If you’re really ready to take it on with your heart, spirit, and intellect, you can be a great guardian to a deserving shelter animal. And we guarantee it’ll be the best thing you ever did.
If applying for a dog on the
TO BE DESTROYED list
You must be available by EMAIL AND PHONE
otherwise we will not be able to check your application in full.
Small breeds/puppies up to 6 months of age
Seniors over 7 years of age