Making a decision about taking a pet from the shelter must be thought through, it should not be at the spur of the moment, when being at a shelter. Keep in mind that just like people, an animal may be joyous or may be suffering. Under influence of bad life experiences they may be full of uncertainty and mistrust.
Before making the decision about adopting a dog or cat, you have to think about it. It may be possible that someone already had this pet or the animal was previously taken from shelter and with a unexpected cause gave him back. Animals handle situations, as lack of confidence, no home or no human care very badly. Therefore, the adoption decision must be very well thought through. You need to remember that a pet can always surprise us with some undesirable behavior. Deciding for adoption you must be prepared to work with any arising problems, ether by yourself or with the help of a pet behaviorist.
In the shelter, it is difficult to get to know the real nature of the dog, his habits and tastes, even if the volunteers take him on walks. If we want a dog with a particular character, the safest way would be to adopt a pet from a temporary house, where the attendant may have a lot more to say about his behavior. A good idea is also to be a weekend volunteer at the shelter to get to know the pets better.
Choosing the right pet from the shelter, you need to consider a few basics. First of all the age. A puppy or kitten behaves differently than an adult animal. Choosing the right dog/cat for yourself you have to take into account both how much time and attention you can spend with him per day. Gender is also important, male behavior differs from the behavior of females. The size of the animal, concerns dogs. Taking a grown dog or adult you see his size already. You should select a pet that will not be too large for your standards. If you decide on a puppy and you don’t know what size he can grow up to, it is best to consult it with an employee or a vet, who will know more about the dog.
Questions to the staff are also an important part. Before the final decision and taking your pet home, obtain as much information as possible from the employees. The most valuable information are those which apply to his behavior in different situations, which you are not able to see for yourself while being introduced to the pet. You can get such information from the staff of the shelter, which feeds the animals, clean up boxes, take the dogs for walks. Volunteers who help in shelters may also be a valuable source of information. You may want to also ask the vet, that knows the animal by possible treatments or routine checks.