October is Shelter Dog Adoption Month, so what better time to help shelter pets in need? Ways to assist LCHS include adopting, fostering, volunteering, and donating. We have adoption events happening this month too! We will be at Rocky Top Pumpkin Patch on October 17th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, and at Chewacla State Park on October 24th from 10:30 to noon, following a group hike with our dogs that will begin at 9 a.m.
One new way to assist is to download the ResQWalk app! This app, created by Best Friends Animal Society, allows you to select the shelter of your choice and walk to raise money for that organization. To support LCHS, download the app, choose LCHS as your organization, and press "start walk" whenever you take a walk or jog, and press "Finish" when you've finished walking.
Adoption is a Wonderful Way to Find a New Pet
Adopting a dog allows you to find a fantastic companion that is an excellent fit for your lifestyle while also saving the lives of homeless pets. Every adoption saves the adopted pet's life by giving them a loving forever home, and the life of another homeless pet in need who the shelter can then assist.
Shelter staff care deeply about their animals and spend time getting to know each pet individually, making the shelter team a fantastic resource for finding the best match. We can learn much about each dog's general temperament, each dog's play styles, and for dogs who have spent time in foster care, how they do in a home environment. At the same time, dogs who are adopted blossom into their full selves, gaining confidence and benefitting from the structure and affection that can only be achieved in a loving home.
Adult Dogs Versus Puppies
With an adult dog, one can see more of the animal's natural temperament, which can then be refined by training, developing a stable routine, and ensuring that the dog has sufficient exercise and enrichment. We have plenty of sweet, fun adult dogs at our shelter who would love to call your home their forever home. One of these dogs is Noel, who recently went into foster care with Alex Hill, an animal care technician at LCHS and an education major at Auburn University. Noel has been doing wonderfully in a home environment and has warmed up quickly to new people.
In a Facebook post about her foster pup, Hill said, "Noel is the most polite little lady. She is patiently waiting on her furever home. She's potty trained and friendly. She absolutely loves squeaky toys and cuddles!" For anyone thinking about meeting Noel, Hill assured, "I promise you won't be disappointed!" Noel loves people and prefers to be the only pet in the home so that she can have all the attention you have to offer.
Of course, puppies are fantastic as well, and it's a unique experience to watch them grow up. Puppies are more malleable and can adapt faster to new environments, which means that they're a great option if you have plenty of time to train them, but puppies tend to take much more time out of your schedule than adult dogs. Adopting a specific breed doesn't guarantee temperament either because personalities vary widely among dogs of the same breed. The ASPCA recommends evaluating each dog as an individual animal for that reason. Fortunately, proper socialization with new people and animals, as well as early and consistent training, can ensure that a new puppy grows up with the tools they need to do well in your home.
By adopting in October, pets can have a little time to settle in before the holiday season. When holding holiday parties, it’s best to ensure that any pets, and new pets in particular, have a quiet place to themselves to escape from the hustle and bustle of parties. Especially if the adoption is very recent, lots of change may put stress on the animal. If you're adopting and have any questions about pet care, or if you are experiencing any issues with your current pet, our volunteer pet owner outreach team would love to speak with you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep in mind that any suggestions given are general and that we are not licensed veterinarians.
How to Adopt from LCHS
We're currently open on an appointment-only basis to ensure social distancing and safety as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The first step to adopt from LCHS is to apply on our website at leecountyhumane.org/adopt. You can also view all adoptable animals on our website, including those residing in foster homes. It may take 24 to 48 hours for us to approve your adoption application, at which time we'll send you an email notification that your application has been approved. At that time, please give us a call to set up an appointment to meet the animal or animals you're interested in adopting.
We’re looking forward to seeing potential adopters at our adoption events, and we’d also love to hear from you if you’ve adopted a pet, whether from us or from another shelter/rescue, and would like to share your story about how your pet has changed your life. Please email email@example.com to share your story!