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October is national Adopt A Shelter Dog month!

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Jett and Lilac, both shelter pups!

Jett and Rose’s two other dogs, the late-great Nova Scotia retriever Bailey and the elegant greyhound mix Grace were all adopted from the WORCESTER ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE ON HOLDEN STREET, Worcester.

WARL is open to the public 7 days a week, noon to 4 p.m. CLICK HERE to see their pups that are ready for adoption! 

What to ask when adopting a shelter dog

October is national Adopt A Shelter Dog month. Here are some tips to prospective pet parents as they take the big step of adding another member to the family.

Thousands of lovable dogs in shelters are eagerly waiting families to give them forever homes. But that does not mean every dog is a good fit.  So adopting families should ask as many questions as possible about a shelter dog’s history.

And don’t stop there. It’s just as important to ask some questions of yourself.

Ask:

Has the shelter done a behavioral assessment of the dog?

It’s standard procedure at many shelters, and can give you valuable insight into whether a certain dog is right for you, and whether you are right for that dog.

Ask for as much information as possible about the dog’s history.

Dogs grow up to be less anxious if they are exposed to a wide range of new and pleasant experiences before the age of 16 weeks, the puppy’s socialization window. Less anxious, less fearful dogs are not nearly as likely to become aggressive as adults.  Your shelter dog will likely be older than 16 weeks, and this is one reason you want to learn about the dog’s background.

You have to ask yourself:

What’s my home like?

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Rose had to teach Lilac to respect the Queen – April!

How will my other pets respond?

What are my needs?

What’s my time investment?

Prepare a list of questions about a potential pet. And then ask a lot of good questions about the dog’s history. Why was he surrendered? Was he found as a stray? Was he surrendered from another shelter? Any information that you have can help you better understand how well that animal will fit into your household.

Ask if you can spend a little time with the dog in the shelter.

Especially in a quiet setting, away from a noisy kennel.  If the dog is friendly and playful, that’s a great sign. If the dog is standoffish and nervous, that’s something to take into consideration. But remember that even wonderful shelters can be stressful environments for dogs. A dog’s behavior can change after getting to your home.

Consider your own family’s ability to care for a dog.

If you have small children, it might not be the best time to adopt a dog who tends to be nervous, aggressive or needs a lot of time-consuming training. On the other hand, if you’re single with time to devote to training, this might be a challenge you can take on.

Prepare your family for their new dog.

Children, with their rapid movement, high-pitched voices and a tendency to jab fingers anywhere, can be alarming to some dogs. This can sometimes cause dogs to become anxious and snap. So involve your children in the care of your dog – such as helping with the food or water, or having the kids train the dog in basic tasks such as sitting or lying down. But also teach children when to back off – not to hug dogs while they’re eating, for example.

Give the pooch a little space.

After bringing your dog home, you might keep them in a laundry room or a confined kitchen and not immediately throw them in with all your other pets, if you have other pets. Establish relationships and give them and other pets some time to acclimate.

What if in spite of everything, my dog acts aggressively to family members or neighbors?

Seek help from your family veterinarian, or a veterinarian who is trained in behavioral medicine.

Dad! I have a new toy box …

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… the living room window sill!

Chef Joey’s Vinny loves to carry his toys to one special spot!

Vinny also loves his daily walks in Worcester’s Hadwen Park, one of Worcester’s hidden jewels …

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Vinny was a rescue. So was his little sis, Abby. She was thrown out of a car window! Joey saved them both!

Cherish your pups – treasure ALL ANIMALS!

Photos by Chef Joey
text: R.T.

I bought this two-fer lead at Pet Co …

… Wednesday so I can walk Jett and Lilac more easily around Woo. It’s going more smoothly by the day! They walk/run in front of me – I hold on for dear life!

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Jett and Lilac at Pet Co where we practiced our walking. We looked pretty chaotic! Plus: Jett wizzed on a big bag of premium dog food, and Lilac, not fully housebroken and very nervous, took a huge poopy on the floor! DOGS KEEP IT REAL! LOVE MY DOGS!

– Rosalie Tirella

This just in! Too-cute pics of Chef Joey’s Abby and Vinny!

Joey rescued both of these beauties a month ago! They love their daily walks with Joey and visitors who give belly rubs! Pics by Chef Joey!

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Vinny!!!!!!

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Abby!!!!

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Fun!!!!

Never buy a puppy or dog from a breeder! Work to close puppy mills in the U.S!

ALWAYS ADOPT! SO MANY PURE BREDS LIKE ABBY AND VINNY NEED LOVING FOREVER HOMES! – R.T.