“Saving the life of one dog may not change the world, but the world will surely change for that one dog.”


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Every weekend at the GreenMarket our (furry) friends at TriCounty Humane Society and Dezzy’s Second Chance Rescue bring their cuddly, adoptable dogs looking for their forever homes.

When thinking about adding a pet to the family, it’s important to do your research. Adopting a rescue makes your new pet even that much more special. Not only do you find the gift of a loving animal friend, but you give them the gift of hope and a new forever home. Here are some tips to keep in mind when considering adopting a pet especially during the holiday season.

  1. Bring your whole family. Make sure everyone is agreeable and will take his or her own responsibility for the new addition to the family.
  2. Do your homework. Research various breeds and their demeanors along with the care, space and equipment you need to properly care for them.
  3. Narrow your search online. PetFinder.com is a one great resource to locate local animals that need homes and calling shelters directly is an option too.
  4. Consider fostering. Fostering is a great way to make sure the pet and family is a good fit before making a final commitment.
  5. Consider older dogs. Puppies don’t have the best manners so don’t rule out a well-trained and older animal that may better suit your family dynamics.
  6. Consider your lifestyle. Do you want an active dog or a mellower one?
  7. Take time to decide. Returning a pet is not like returning a toy or unwanted sweater. This is an important decision that should not be made on a whim.
  8. Adoption is less costly than a pet store. Adoption fees are minimal and saving a homeless, abandoned animal is priceless. Pet store dogs are mostly obtained from puppy mills and backyard breeders.
  9. Consider waiting until after the holidays. The holidays are a time often filled with stress, visiting guests and other craziness. It is important to ensure your new furry friend is introduced into a comfortable situation where they can more easily adjust to their new environment.

So when you think of adding a furry friend to your family, think about adopting local from a shelter such as TriCounty or Dezzy’s. Visit us at the GreenMarket on Saturdays to see some of their adoptable dogs and learn more if adopting a loving shelter dog is right for you!

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