Helpful Resources for Adopters and Fosters

Do’s and don’ts of bringing home a shelter dog
Children and dogs

EVEN IF YOUR KIDS ARE OLDER, or have dog experience, bringing home a new dog is a great time to review the following, especially the posters.

With all dogs, we ask that you not leave young children unattended with your dog. We also ask that you teach your children to be respectful of the dog's space (no sitting on the dog, pulling ears or tail, etc.) and allow the dog to "escape" to a child-free space as needed.

Here are some resources you may find helpful:

Multiple dog homes
While your new dog is acclimating to your home, its people and its pets, we recommend using a crate or a separate room to keep the dogs separate as needed. 

Find a video and other important info about managing multiple dogs in your home at this link.

Cats and dogs

Most dogs come into the shelter as strays, and we have no way of testing them with cats.

If your new dog has not been living with a cat before, we will ask you to do super slow introductions, including keeping the dog and cat separated entirely for at least the first two weeks, and possibly for several weeks or even months.

Please read this very important handout about introducing your new dog to your resident cat, and what signs to look for when moving to the next step in the introductions:

Kitten Resources
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