Animal Adoption Recommendations:
Current Dog(s) Meeting:If
you are adopting a second dog, we strongly recommend that both dogs meet each
other in a staff-supervised meeting at the shelter. This is to see how they
interact with each other to make sure they get along. Not all dogs like all other dogs; it’s better
to find out before bringing the dog home. Some dogs at the shelter may have a dog meeting requirement, due to behavior observed or reported.
Can I have a pet where I live? If you rent, check with
your landlord or management office to confirm that pets are allowed and if
there are any restrictions, such as weight limits, type and number of pets
allowed, etc. If you live in a
development with a Home Owners Association they also may have
restrictions.It is best to check first.
Who should meet the animal? We recommend that everyone in your home
including all family members and/or roommates meet the animal so they all agree
on size, breed, color, temperament, etc., and that no one is allergic. Even if
the animal will belong solely to you, it will have an impact on each person, so
everyone should be comfortable with the pet you’re bringing home.
Keeping up with Vet care and licensing. All pets 3 months and
older residing in Alachua County are required to be vaccinated for rabies and
licensed.Pets also require other
vaccinations and need routine vet checks, monthly heartworm medication and flea
and tick control to maintain their health and prevent illness.We recommend that you consider the annual
cost of vet care prior to adoption.