How To Choose A Shelter Dog

How To Choose A Shelter Dog

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Go to an animal shelter and you’ll likely find that there’s no shortage of canines waiting to go to their furever homes. The typical shelter will have a diverse selection of dogs: large, small, long-haired, short-haired, high-strung, laid back, purebred, crossbred, and everything in between. So how do you sort through the differences to pick the right pooch?

Well, we’ve got an app for that…well, not really an app, but in this edition of Animal Facts, we’ll give you some tips to help you choose a shelter dog that will fit perfectly into your family and your hearts.

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  1. candy11401 on June 9, 2022 at 2:28 am

    Really good tips, its also important to talk to the staff to make sure that Dog is ok with other Animals

    There was a part of the video where a very young child was walking the Dog, never let a young child walk a Dog, they are too young to walk the Dog properly and if the child lets go of the lead then the Dog could get hurt

  2. James Fleming on June 9, 2022 at 2:28 am

    Lots of the 57s are the best!

  3. David E. Vogel on June 9, 2022 at 2:32 am

    Some shelters allow you to take the dog for a walk. Do so. A walk gives you a chance to judge the dog’s energy level. If you are a couch potato, a high energy dog is a poor match.

  4. Janus Loggins on June 9, 2022 at 2:33 am

    My Chihuahua was a rescue, that is her in my thumbnail pic. I didn’t know anything about her, not even sure if she is full Chihuahua, but that has never mattered. My vet guesstimated her age to be 4 months and counting back, her birthday would be in June. So she is now 14 years old. We have been thru a lot together and she does have some age related problems now. The older she gets, the more pampering she receives!
    She is my baby, my best friend and my constant companion. I only wish that she could live as long as I do.

  5. Bruno shorts on June 9, 2022 at 2:35 am

    Hey, if they have a problem, ITS OKAYYYYYYY STILL ADOPT THEM if you can keep them. ONLY if you give them a forever home.

  6. anirudh atole on June 9, 2022 at 2:39 am

    How to choose a shelter dog go to any shelter think about which child you can take care of properly , visit sometimes there regularly one goodly load of happiness will choose you ❤️.

  7. xradelox on June 9, 2022 at 2:40 am

    To everyone who intentionally or unintentionally bashes certain shelters based on labels: The terms Kill and No-Kill are misleading and contribute to so much more suffering than anyone can imagine. When shelters can’t keep a “No-Kill” status, many of them loose support because of pissy people who think they know everything. So they either do the best they can with no support (and that lack of community support means even MORE animals have to be put down) or if they feel desperate enough, they may try to beat the system and falsify things to keep that “No-Kill” status and its accompanying support. Or they warehouse animals, regardless of the condition they are in and regardless of behavioral problems. And being kept in a cage it’s entire life is a HORRIBLE existence for ANY animal.

    So who is the real bad guy? It’s the community. If the community is irresponsible and doesn’t spay/neuter and doesn’t support the local shelters (through volunteering, donating, advocating, fostering and adopting), then the shelters are FORCED to do the community’s dirty work.

    But when a community spays/neuters their animals and they shower their local shelters with love and support, then shelters won’t become overcrowded and shelter staff will not be forced to either euthanize adoptable animals or lie to the public in order to get some kind of assistance.

    Instead of pointing your finger, lend your hand and help.

    Watch Kitten Lady’s video “Why I Support Kill Shelters”. She explains everything SO well.

    We shouldn’t label shelters by whether or not they have to euthanize adoptable animals. That labeling only defeats the purpose because it puts the blame on the wrong people and puts the focus on the wrong issue. Instead, when we give enough support to shelters and stop defaming them and forcing them to make bad decisions just to save face, then we allow them the opportunity to look at EACH INDIVIDUAL animal and make the best decision for THAT animal. Shelters should not be forced to treat every situation the same. That only causes suffering. If an animal is not going to have a good quality of life, it’s best to put it down. Quality of life and safety of others should be the ONLY reasons shelters should have to look at when deciding whether or not to euthanize. And they should be FREE to be able to make that decision based on what’s best for THAT animal and not just to appease people’s consciences. Labeling them Kill or No-Kill makes looking at what’s best for each animal impossible. Being alive is not always a good thing. Sometimes it’s kinder to let them fall asleep. And if an animal is dangerous to people and no one steps up to safely care for it the rest of its life, it’s best to put it down. It’s not fair to the animal to be caged up it’s entire life. And it’s not fair to future victims of that animal’s attacks. Sometimes by taking one life, you preserve the lives of many others. Is that aggressive animal more deserving of life than those future victims? No it is not. Just put it down. It won’t suffer anymore and it won’t CAUSE suffering to others anymore. When funds and time are not forced to be spent on aggressive or suffering animals, then more time and money can be spent on healthy, sweet animals that are JUST as deserving of life. In a near perfect society, where everyone spayed/neutered their animals and everyone supported their shelters and adopted instead of shopping, then there would be more opportunities for aggressive animals and very sick/injured animals. But that’s not the case right now. When a shelter barely has enough money to feed their current animals and little to no community support, do you think they can afford to spend $10,000 on vet costs for ONE sick/injured animal? Would you be one of those arrogant name callers that shames them for stoping that animal’s suffering by putting it down when that is LITERALLY the ONLY option their community has given them???

    So STOP shaming shelters for cleaning up YOUR mess of pet overpopulation/homelessness. Stop making the mess and help to clean it up yourself by giving them support and encouraging others to do the same. Remember, when you point one finger, three more are pointed right back at YOU.

    I’m not saying every shelter is perfect. But most are just working with what they have. Everyone seriously needs to watch Kitten Lady’s video that I mentioned.

  8. Vaporoustick678 on June 9, 2022 at 2:41 am

    My dog of 14 years passed away last week. We gave her a great life. We were thinking of giving some other dogs a happy life and my dad always wanted a English bulldog. But we can’t find any rescue English bulldogs. In our area so we will wait. We definitely do not want to go to a breeder those people are disgusting.

  9. Iyonna - EYE-yawn-na on June 9, 2022 at 2:41 am

    0:06 Why is that sweet baby laying on metal?? Makes me so angry. Get him/her a bed.

  10. Animal Facts on June 9, 2022 at 2:42 am

    Tell us about your dog adoption experience.

  11. Candace Allen on June 9, 2022 at 2:43 am

    The shelters I have seen have almost all pitbulls.

  12. Jade The Real One on June 9, 2022 at 2:45 am

    The REAL way to adopt a shelter dog is to let the dog choose you! ♡

    There are no mistakes like that. ♡♡♡

  13. J L on June 9, 2022 at 2:45 am

    My Sunny (RIP 2018) was an older dog found tied to a fence. He was a lab mix that wagged his tail so hard it knocked cups off low lying tables. We gave him happiness until his peaceful end at 15 years old.

  14. Bladimiro Hernandez on June 9, 2022 at 2:46 am

    One thing I have found that works for me 17 times is the on your back method. If they let you place them on their back with no fuss at all, then you’ll have a very clingy loving dog. If they playfully resist being on their backs, then you’ll end up with a more energetic eager friend. This method does very. 🙂 Best of luck to you 🙂

  15. Wilhelmina Cochran on June 9, 2022 at 2:49 am

    A few years ago I found a little dog at a shelter, he was so afraid for a week or so but he became used to us. Now he is very happy, we walk him around the block three times a day. He eats healthy dog food and gets a treat now and then. And sits on my lap in the evening.

  16. The Fox on June 9, 2022 at 2:51 am

    Who else didn’t hear a word because of the cute dogs in the video?

  17. Gray Cat on June 9, 2022 at 2:52 am

    I was adopting a dogo argentino but he has become aggressive he is such an adorable pooch 🙁

  18. Lily Note on June 9, 2022 at 2:52 am

    I want a medium dog because I don’t feel comfortable with small ones (I will step on them accidentally in the dark, and I have seen a lot louder smaller ones in my area) and I don’t like big dogs that much because of childhood trauma. Where can I start? I’m nervous and just don’t want to be googling ‘dogs for beginners’ or ‘nicest medium dogs.’ I’m sure there are better, more informative things I could google. Please help if you can.

  19. Slick Rick on June 9, 2022 at 2:54 am

    Adopted a dog 4 weeks ago, one of the best decisions we ever made. He’s a Basset/Dotson. We looked at a few dogs, he was the last one the staff let us see. My wife & I fell in love, & he’s fixed chipped & has all his shots. We got him food water toys etc , he’s 3 years old & goes by the name of Frank or Frankie!!

  20. Opoku Addae on June 9, 2022 at 2:54 am

    2:23 the lady was just ignoring the other dog and that is cold ❄️ if you ask me

  21. efyoma Djokarso on June 9, 2022 at 2:56 am

    Happy dogs

  22. Blackout Lol on June 9, 2022 at 2:57 am

    I finally bought a puppy a few days ago and now just waiting for him ( it’s a boy smooth fox terrier if your interested ) to be flown and then driven over to my house in 2 months can’t wait 🙂

  23. The Ropes of Renovation on June 9, 2022 at 2:57 am

    Not in Central, FL. 99.99% Bullies. Sucks for the rest of us who want a small dog.

  24. Candice W. on June 9, 2022 at 2:59 am

    My puppy was from shelter. I adopted her when she was 11 weeks. She is sweet and smart GSD girl. We loves her so much .

  25. Lisa Ann Rader on June 9, 2022 at 3:00 am

    Only get a dog if you have money to afford to care, feed & train! You let the dog pick you first! Make sure the breed & personality of the dog fits your lifestyle. If you’re not an active person, don’t adopt an active dog if you don’t want behavior problems!

  26. Marta Bergen on June 9, 2022 at 3:01 am

    I let my dogs choose me. Which is why I now have two very rambunctious littermates from the local shelter. Fortunately I’m able to revolve my entire life around them, so all is well.

  27. Heather Grover on June 9, 2022 at 3:04 am

    Lumos (chihuahua/Finnish Spitz) was love at first sight. I went to the shelter thinking I’d adopt a cat. Lumos cuddled right up to me. That was the end of my search for a cat. I wouldn’t recommend this as a method to find a dog but it worked out really well for us. He was my best friend for the remaining 5 years of his life (Passed in October 2022).

  28. Jelena Orec on June 9, 2022 at 3:05 am

    In Croatia you don’t pay anything to adopt a shelter dog. You do however sign a contract to care for the dog the best way possible, and that you accept the posible random check-up in your home to see the dogs living conditiones. The dogs are all nutered (unles they are puppies).
    We were chosen as the better option for the dog we picked, since there were others interested in adopting her.

  29. Anna Zhou on June 9, 2022 at 3:05 am

    5:54 what is this dog breed?

  30. S D on June 9, 2022 at 3:09 am

    Adopted a 10 yr old min pin , Hercules, whose family had left him at the vet’s to be euthanized. He could have easily been a contestant for ugliest dog, but such a gental love. Adoption was easy, I had seen him before at the vet’s. I was looking for a larger dog, but they suggested I take him home for a week or two and test drive him. If it wasn’t working, just bring him back. We had 5 years together. He left a hole in my heart when he passed. It’s surprising how something so small can take up that much room in your heart. Then a 2 yr old min pin named Harley came to break the quiet and help me heal. I had done online searching and came upon Harley. I met him and his brother Sid. Sid came and played, Harley came and played then snuggled into my lap, decision made. Harley was never socialized, so he was not good with other dogs and not terribly interested in people, other than me. He was the exact opposite of his predecessor, but was full of spunk and spite and could always make me laugh when I was down. He loved to walk and would sleep on top of me when we napped. Medical issues finally took him from me. My vet and I did everything we could over the course of the last five years. Finally, the pain became something we could no long control. It came to the point where one of us would be in pain, Harley because I couldn’t let him go or me, because I loved him enough to give him peace. I think it is the hardest decision i’ve ever made. I swore I would never get another dog. So, the dog I swore I would never get is another min pin. However, he doesn’t fit the mold. Brutus is 11 years old, acts and looks about six. He is twice as tall as he should be and weighs 23# instead of the usual 10-11#. He doesn’t bark, and he loves to give kisses. I had looked at a few dogs at on line rescues, many were adopted before I could decide if I was really interested, but Brutus was still there. I finally filled out the paperwork and was accepted. At the "meet and greet" , I knew he would be my next Buddy. He is not Herc or Harley. Sometimes they shine through to me with his actions. He’s not young, but he hasn’t figured that out yet. He is an amazing, loving, and always happy to see me, little dog. I don’t think I would ever get a dog who wasn’t a rescue They are like your kids, they have strong points and some negative. Personally, I think the first set out weighs the second set by miles. If you’re looking for perfection, please do yourself and the dog a favor and buy a stuffed animal. Dogs wouldn’t be nearly as much fun if they were perfect.

  31. ♡︎Honey♡︎ on June 9, 2022 at 3:10 am

    I have lived dogs my whole life and I have two and I am getting one more

  32. Donna heintz on June 9, 2022 at 3:11 am

    I need to rescue/adopt a companion dog. Been alone for almost a year. But shelters want $$$ and a DNA sample. Good gravy they make it sooooooooooo hard to adopt!!

  33. Investfoxy Crypto on June 9, 2022 at 3:13 am

    Great voice, What mic?

  34. Lily Seven on June 9, 2022 at 3:14 am

    Rescue is my favorite breed!

  35. Xannah on June 9, 2022 at 3:14 am

    Most important: look at how the energy of the dog is and if it can be compatible with your lifestyle. But, you should fit into the dog’s lifestyle, not the other way around.

  36. howard1707 on June 9, 2022 at 3:15 am

    I am glad that the adopted dogs I had over the years were selected by the shelter staff otherwise I would have taken the lot home

  37. Nikobee Wind on June 9, 2022 at 3:16 am

    A little over 10 years ago we called a Shitzu breeder and made an appointment to adopt a puppy. On the way to pick one out we passed the humane society. We decided to stop in just to look. We found a 3-year-old Shitzu that had just been brought in by a little old lady that could not care for it anymore. Her name was Bella! We adopted her on the spot. She was the best dog ever! This week we had to have her put to sleep. I cant even sleep I miss her so bad. We will be visiting shelters again, to find that new furry family member.

  38. Winter Hall on June 9, 2022 at 3:16 am

    I adopted mine from the Shelter to she is a jackchi

  39. Edward Zeller on June 9, 2022 at 3:19 am

    I found little bit in a shelter. I pick her up and brought her home she was a pouch that like women ie my wife. It took about 2 months for her to warm up to me. Apparently he had issues with men. My wife wasn’t very good with the responsiblities of training and taking care of animals. One day I took her out to potie and I let off her leash she went around checking out all the wonderful smells which was about 30 minutes. I call her and said lets go little bit and came running and ran about 3 circles around me. I eased down on one knee and she jumped up into my arms and we were best pals ever since. We would share a nuttie buddie ice cream everytimwas home. I drove a truck so I wasn’t home for 2 or 3 days. But when I got home she would totally mug me. My wife passed but little is still just as close to as ever. Pets are so loving and love unconditionly. I have never spank her she was only being a dog even though she is always regarded as my little four legged daughter. She is so precious to me. She is about 15 pound mix part dobe and part chiuaua. Those ears are something else. When you first see her you think look at that face she just stills your heart. She’s such an independent little dog until she wants loving and I totally cave in.

  40. RainmanMP on June 9, 2022 at 3:20 am

    Any tips for doing this now during COVID? Most shelters aren’t open for the public so none of these things are really an option currently (depending on where you live of course).

  41. David E. Vogel on June 9, 2022 at 3:22 am

    Not certain why anyone would be put-off by a barking dog. The dog is talking to you.

  42. Jordan Wilbanks on June 9, 2022 at 3:23 am

    Be patient, make multiple trips, most likely a dog will choose you. It’s better that way imo.

  43. Agradeep Deb on June 9, 2022 at 3:24 am

    2:54 what dog is that

  44. John Stark on June 9, 2022 at 3:25 am

    Me and my bro and my dad are going to adopt a dog that is small and that is a family dog we have all ready got a dog that’s amaricame staff cross totty

  45. Francene Jackson on June 9, 2022 at 3:27 am

    my mom is thinking and praying to go to the shelter

  46. Jord Russ on June 9, 2022 at 3:27 am

    Mixed breeds are always better..

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