When adopting a new dog there are many factors you will want to take into consideration.
First, we stress that these are shelter dogs. Many of our dogs have come from homes and have been well cared for, but have not been claimed by their owners for whatever reason. Many of them also have had a very rough life, without love and attention or training. A dog that comes to our shelter without identification also comes without a history. Therefore we are unable to provide you with vital information. We can't guarantee a dog is house trained, or won't chew on your shoes. We can't tell you if the dog will be good around cows and chickens. Our dogs will need your patience and time. They will need some work to get back into a regular routine that you are satisfied with. You will need to train them. But they will also shower you with love. Rescue dogs are well worth the time and effort, they need you.
Secondly, we want to make sure that you are ready to take on what could be a 15+ year commitment. You will want to make sure that you are capable of caring for a dog no matter what life brings. If you move will you be taking the dog with you? Are you expecting a child? Will you feel comfortable with a dog around your new baby? These are all questions that you should consider prior to adopting a dog.
Finally we want to remind you of the financial cost of a dog. Our adoption fee is only $75 but that is nothing compared to the expense of caring for a dog. Your new dog will of course need the basics: leash, collar, food and water bowls, possibly a dog house. You will need to provide your dog daily with food and water. Monthly, you should provide heartworm prevention and may need to see a groomer. Yearly, you will need to purchase a dog license and vaccinate your dog. Then of course any other medical expense; does the dog have allergies, skin issues, or ear problems? Will you choose to treat cancer or remove tumors if they occur? Dogs can be very costly. Because you love your pet, and want to provide what is best for them, we want to make sure you are prepared for the financial responsibility that comes along with owning a pet.