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New Pet FAQ

Have a good question to ask like: Why does my dog sleep upside down?

Why not email us and get it answered and posted here on this fun and informative page.

Did you know?

Many pets at your local shelter or rescue are waiting for new homes because they were obtained by people with unrealistic expectations of the time, effort, and money required to sustain a lifelong relationship with their pet. National figures indicate that about half of the animals in shelters are euthanized for lack of good homes. Animals at your local shelter or rescue are just waiting for someone like you to give them a new home. You can depend on responsible rescue groups like Almost Home to assess the animals’ health and temperament in order to make the best adoption matches possible. When animals are relinquished by owners, the animal rescue staff makes every attempt to collect a thorough history of that pet. Then, while caring for animals, staff and volunteers try to learn as much as they can about these animals, as well as those who come to the rescue as strays.

Why wait for just the right one?

Don’t be discouraged if, when you first visit the shelter or rescue, there are no animals of the breed or type that you want. Shelters and rescues receive new animals every day. Your shelter or rescue may also have a waiting list and can call you when an animal matching your preference becomes available. Before choosing your pet, you can even speak with an adoption counselor about whether your choice of a particular type or breed will be best for you.

What’s the advantages of getting a pet from Almost Home?

In an effort to make good matches between people and animals and to place pets in lifelong homes, Almost Home provides adoption counseling and follow-up assistance, such as pet parenting and dog-training classes, medical services, and behavior counseling. Or Almost Home may be able to refer you to providers of these services. Another advantage is that the fees are usually much less than the purchase price of an animal from a pet store or breeder. And your new pet is more likely to be vaccinated, de-wormed, and spayed or neutered.

Animal shelters are your best source when looking for a pet
—The Humane Society of the United States

Animal shelters have a great selection of adult animals for adoption, and many of them also have kittens, puppies and purebred animals. On average, purebreds account for about 25 to 30 percent of a shelter’s dog population.


Additional questions are welcome and updated on this page frequently. Feel free to contact us.