Adoption Tips

Before You Adopt

Before you adopt, it’s always a good idea to do your research and find out more about the tendencies and personality traits of any dog or cat that interests you. Every animal is an individual, but there are general breed characteristics that may influence how that animal behaves. You should also consider the age, size, exercise requirements, grooming needs and potential health concerns of each breed. Click on any link to read more about the topic.  And be sure to review our adoption process.  There's more helpful information on that page.

Adopting a Fearful Cat

Why Are Some Cats Fearful?
Fearful behavior in cats can be caused by various factors. Insufficient exposure to humans and/or a variety of stimuli during kittenhood as well as traumatizing events in their lives can teach them to react fearfully towards people or new situations. Cats can also be genetically predisposed to being fearful. 

Children and Dogs Together

Living with children and dogs can be rewarding all around: kids learn about being responsible for another creature and considering their feelings and thoughts, and the bond that kids and dogs form can be very strong. The whole family can benefit from living with pets. But kids and dogs (or any animals) aren't automatically going to know how to get along; it's up to parents to make sure the relationship goes well.

Introducing Cats to a New Home

Adult cats are highly territorial by nature. Kittens are naturally less so, but would still benefit from the following steps to ease their transition into a new territory. Introducing a cat into a new home is extremely stressful for most cats. A cat’s basic reaction to stress is to run and hide. You can help ease the cat’s stress by providing a safe haven for him.

Introducing Dogs and Cats

Before taking the plunge, it’s important to know whether the dog is a good candidate to live with a cat and vice-versa. The best possible indicator is confirmation that the dog has successfully lived with a cat(s) before and that the cat has lived with a dog(s).

Pets in Rental Housing

If you currently rent your home or apartment, we ask you to give special thought to your future before you adopt an animal. Our lobby is often filled with heartbroken owners who never dreamed they’d have to give up their pet because they moved and could not find new housing that allowed animals. Perhaps the best decision is to wait until you own a home.

Great Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Dog

If you've been to the Georgia SPCA Shelter recently, you've probably seen the precious dogs we have available for adoption – from frisky, frolicking, adorable puppies to more sedate, mature dogs who are just looking for a second chance at the loving home they deserve. You already know how fabulous shelter dogs are, and how much they enrich the life of anyone lucky enough to adopt one.

Is This the Best Time to Adopt a Pet?

Pets add fun, companionship and love to our lives, but they’re also a big responsibility. Choosing to add a pet to your family is a very important decision. Sometimes, adopting a pet may be too much added responsibility if you’re experiencing other life changes at the same time. Take this quiz to assess what’s happening in your life now, and in the near future, to help you decide if this is the best time to adopt a pet.

Things to Consider Before Getting a Pet

If you are like most of us, falling in love with a pet is easy. Pets give us unconditional love and loyalty, and provide constant companionship. Adopting a pet, however, is a big decision. Dogs, cats and small animals are living beings that require a considerable amount of time, money and commitment — over 15 years worth in many cases. Pet ownership can be rewarding, but only if you think through your decision before you adopt.

Questions to Ask Yourself:

Puppy, Kitten, or Adult - Which is Right for You?

Few people can resist the face of a puppy or kitten, and often assume they must start with a baby animal when choosing a pet. Unfortunately, animal shelters often see these adorable animals returned when they are less than one year old because well-meaning adopters did not account for the time and energy required to raise a puppy, or the kitten was more than they bargained for. Most of these adopters could have been more successful with an adult dog or cat that required less effort.

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