When in Doubt, Get a Rescue!

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Looking to get a new dog or cat? Well use some of these great tips courtesy of petfinder and you won’t go wrong!
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Stop at Petfinder.com!

Need to find a great shelter that will help you find a pet? Well, look no further than Petfinder.com It is an ultimate guide for pet adoption centers and pet care!
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Just the facts

Need to know what makes an animal available for adoption? Here are some facts. Fyi, the animal should have gone for some tempermant testing. You don’t want a dog that has a history of biting.
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Look at Dog Training Classes

Sit in on some dog training classes. Better yet, sit in on several. Look at the how the trainer motivates the dog. And ask the trainer for shelter referrals.
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Talk to Trainers

Ask the trainers to come with you when you are selecting a dog. If there’s a fee, it’s well worth it. This will help you find a lot of possibilities.
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Avoid Preconceptions about shelter and breeds.

Look beyond pretty shelters. Look at the people behind it. Are they caring, are they patient with the animals. Are the pets quarters clean and do they have fresh food? Just make sure the animals look healthy and happy.
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Try Looking at Adopting a Senior Pet

Avoid preconceptions about breeds. Be open to color and sizes. Especially to senior pets!
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Make notes about which dogs/cats stand out!

For this, you’ll need a pen and paper. Don’t stop and play with the dog/cat just yet, just make notes on any that stand out to you. You may find 4-5 that do.
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Pick out the ones that are most sociable

As you pass through this time, play and be sociable. Watch to see if they warm up to you and are watching you. Most dogs and cats that are in shelter are looking to play so if they do come up to you, let them. If they don’t? They are not the ones for you.
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The Petting Test

Let them sniff your hand, compliment them. If you wave your hand (about 5 inches in front of them) they should continue to be social with you. If the dog/cat growls or attacks, wrong animal.
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Watch them play with others.

When putting them back into their Kennels, watch how they react to others as they approach them. Do they lunge? Attack? Growl? You don’t want that around children. Also, see if you can walk them if possible. How they are on a leash. You don’t want them agressive.If they’re a bit disoriented, that’s normal.
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