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No one knows your pet better than you. You know his/her likes, dislikes, interests and temperament, therefore you have a far greater chance of ...
Here are a few tips to try to re-home your pet before bringing it to a shelter:
Give yourself time to re-home your pet. It can often take weeks to months to find the right home.
The more people that know your pet needs a new home will increase the chances of finding
a home. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, church members, neighbors and ask them to help
Increase your pet’s adoptability by having it spayed or neutered and current on vaccinations.
Spread the word: Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) can help spread the word.
Use attractive pictures and video of your pet.
If you advertise in public places, use caution when considering unknown individuals or families
as your pet’s new owners. Hold the initial meeting in a public place and ask questions to screen potential owners. Share your expectations for your pet’s new home. When you find a family that meets your needs, ask for identification and contact information.
Talk with breed specific rescue groups. Rescue groups that focus on caring for a specific breed
are available for almost any type of dog.
Never abandon your animal. In the event these alternative resources don’t address the circumstance you are experiencing with your pet, please review Giving Up Your Pet (below). The Anti-Cruelty Society is an open admission organization and will accept any animal in need.
Giving Up Your Pet
If you must consider surrendering an animal to the shelter, please review the following important information. Stress and disease are the two greatest dangers facing an animal in the shelter environment. We can’t make these risks disappear, but a new program - The Planned Relinquishment Program (PREP) can help minimize these risks and create a happy outcome for any pet you leave in our care. This program assures that your pet is vaccinated against common diseases and neutered and ready to go to a new home as soon as someone chooses them from our adoption population.
If your pet is not current on its vaccinations or not spayed/neutered, these services are available through our clinic at no cost to you. You must agree to make a convenient appointment and keep the animal in your home for a short additional time to allow the vaccines to provide the necessary protection before they are exposed to the shelter environment. Having these necessary steps done in advance of arrival will minimize the time spent in the shelter and help ensure a happy new home for your pet.
For more information on how to participate in this program and to schedule an appointment send an email to [email protected]
Please note that while we request that you schedule an appointment, The Anti-Cruelty Society is an open admission organization and will not turn an animal away.
Please allow adequate time, at least 30 minutes to meet with a receiving staff member. You will be asked to complete a Pet Profile designed to address common questions about your pet. Please bring any previous veterinary and vaccination records, if available. Items such as favorite toys, food, and bedding are welcome but may not remain with your pet throughout its entire stay.
Will My Pet be Adopted?
If your pet is healthy both medically and behaviorally and is accepted into our adoption program, he/she will stay available for adoption until a new home is found. We have no time limits on an animal’s stay with us.
Unfortunately not all animals are considered adoptable. Some animals may be disqualified from the adoption program by obvious signs of disease, physical disability that seriously impacts quality of life, or those that demonstrate a high degree of aggression at intake. Additionally, information provided by the owner on the condition, temperament, or behavior of his/her pet may result in a recommendation of euthanasia if the pet is to be left in our care. These considerations may make it impossible to re-home your pet and may include, but are not limited to: chronic house-soiling, serious destructive behavior, aggression to other animals, self-mutilation, or depression. We will try to provide you with as much information as possible at the time of intake to give you the opportunity to make the best choice for you and your pet before you relinquish to us. However, keep in mind, the shelter environment is stressful and your pet may react quite differently than they have in a home environment.
Hours and Location to Give Up Your Pet
Relinquished animals are accepted daily from the hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a current driver’s license or state identification. Entrance is at 510 LaSalle. Free parking is available on Wells. To help cover our costs, we respectfully ask for a minimum donation of $35.
This is what HAPPENS to your Dog When Turned in to Shelters
I think our society needs a huge "Wake-up" call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all...a view from the inside if you will. First off, all of you people who have ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or humane society should be made to work in the "back" of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would stop flagging the ads on craigslist and help these animals find homes. That puppy you just bought will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore. Just so you know there's a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it’s dumped at? Purebred or not! About 25% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays", that come into a shelter are purebred dogs.
The most common excuses: "We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat)." Really? Where are you moving too that doesn't allow pets? Or they say "The dog got bigger than we thought it would". How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? "We don't have time for her". Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! "She's tearing up our yard". How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me "We just don't want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she'll get adopted, she's a good dog".
Odds are your pet won't get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the "Bully" breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don't get adopted. It doesn't matter how 'sweet' or 'well behaved' they are.
If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because the shelter gets paid a fee to euthanize each animal and making money is better than spending money to take this animal to the vet.
Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put-down". First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to "The Room", every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it's strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 shelter workers depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a shelter worker who we call a euthanasia tech (not a vet) find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the "pink stuff". Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk. I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don't just "go to sleep", sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves. You see shelters are trying to make money to pay employee pay checks and don’t forget the board of directors needs to be paid too, so we don’t spend our funds to tranquilize the animal before injecting them with the lethal drug, we just put the burning lethal drug in the vein and let them suffer until dead. If it were not a “making money issue” and we had to have a licensed vet do this procedure, the animal would be sedated or tranquilized and then euthanized, but to do this procedure correctly would cost more money so we do not follow what is right for the animal, we just follow what is the fastest way we can make a dollar. Shelters do not have to have a vet perform their euthanasia’s so even if it takes our employee 50 pokes with a needle and 3 hours to get the vein that is what we do. Making money is the issue here not loosing money.
When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? Or used for the schools to dissect and experiment on? You'll never know and it probably won't even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right!
I hope that those of you who still have a beating heart and have read this are bawling your eyes out and can't get the pictures out of your head, I deal with this everyday. I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and start educating the public. Do research, do your homework, and know exactly what you are getting into before getting a pet. These shelters and humane societies exist because people just do not care about animals anymore. Animals were not intended to be disposable but somehow that is what they are these days. Animal shelters are an easy way out when you get tired of your dog (or cat), and breeders are the ones blamed for this. Animal shelters and rescue organizations are making a hefty profit by keeping this misconception going.
Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about taking their dog to a shelter, a humane society, or buying a dog. For those of you that care--- please repost this to at least one other craiglist in another city/state. Let's see if we can get this all around the US and have an impact.
Here's what the ASPCA thinks
The ASPCA considers pets to be members of the family.With many millions of companion animals surrendered to animal shelters each year, and countless stray animals roaming our streets, giving up a companion animal is not a decision to be taken lightly. If circumstances arise that prohibit you from caring for your pet, there may be options for you to consider before relinquishing your pet.
Many companion animals are given up by their owners because of behavior problems—and in most cases, there are things you can do to change your animal's unwanted behavior.Before you give up on your pet, please consult a reputable trainer or animal behaviorist for assistance. Your local humane organization can help with a referral. You can also see our online behavior information for helpful tips. Pet owners in Central Illinois can also make an appointment with the ASPCA Animal Behavior Center
Do not give up if you do not find a home for your animal right away!Finding an ideal home for a companion animal may take considerable time and effort, but your pet's future is in your hands.Be sure to screen potential adopters carefully; ask them for references; inquire about employment, financial stability, and previous pet ownership.Ask to visit their homes before you place your animal to ensurethat the environmentis suitable, and be sure to follow up with calls and visits.
If you can no longer keep a purebred dog, you may wish to visit the American Kennel Club's website, which provides a list of breed-specific rescue groups that place purebred dogs in homes. Putting your pet in a shelter should be your last resort. Most animal shelters operate at full capacity, and there is often a waiting list to get an animal into a non-animal control ("no-kill") shelter. Even if your pet does qualify for entrance into a "no-kill" shelter and there is space available, there are no guarantees that your pet will be adopted quickly, or at all. Remember, thenumber of animals in need of homes faroutweighs the number ofpeople looking to adopt. Most shelters reserve the right to end the life of any animal evaluated to be unfit for adoption, or if time or space has run out. Rules and regulations vary in every shelter, and so do the conditions. Make sure that any shelter you bring your animal to has a reputation for humane conditions and successful adoptions.To find a shelter near you, please visit our Shelter Directory.
Things you need to know about bully breeds before adopting.
10. Bullies Are Anatomically Normal
9. Bully Breeds Are Active Breeds
As is true with most other dogs, a bored bully is a bad bully. If you prefer slow living, a breed in this category is probably not the dog for you. Also keep in mind that you should never have your bully breed off-leash in public, so finding open spaces where he can run free might pose a challenge. If you don't have a fenced-in yard, but have space, a dog run makes an excellent option, as does a doggie treadmill. Many people mistakenly believe that treadmills are only used to exercise dog-fighters, but many dogs of all breeds get exercise this way when they aren't able to go outdoors. Just remember to supervise all of your dog's activities
8. Bullies Require Proper Socialization
Most shelters work on socializing and should know the tolerance level of all the rescued dogs in their care. Once you've settled on a dog to adopt, ask the shelter if you can visit with your other pets to ensure they'll get along. After adoption, you should work on socializing as soon as possible.
7. Bully Breeds Love Kids
When you introduce a new dog into your home, you should not only train the dog how to treat your child, but also train your child how to treat the dog. One thing to note, bully breeds are typically of stout build so they could knock over young children and therefore, need supervision. Regardless of breed, dog trainer Victoria Stilwell says you should never, under any condition, leave a child unattended with any dog for any length of time.
6. Bullies Need Your Love...Among Other Things
The annual cost of owning a bully breed will be about the same as with any other dog, plus a few extra considerations. Before you adopt, find out if your homeowner's insurance includes an exclusion on pit bull mixes or other breeds; you may need to pay an additional premium to call one of these dogs part of the family. Likewise, if you rent, check with your landlord to make sure you can have a bully breed in your building.
5. Bullies Have Breed-specific Laws to Follow
Another thing to consider is your long-term living arrangement. Is there a move in your future? If you think you might be moving to another city or state, check to see what BSL is on record in the city to which you plan to relocate. Besides total breed bans, some cities have specific regulations for owning a bully breed, including muzzling in public, mandatory micro-chipping and carrying liability insurance. Do your research before you try to adopt, and be a responsible pet parent by following any rules established in your area.
4. Bully Breeds Are Socialites
If you've heard that these breeds are malicious or overly aggressive, you should know they're always at the top of the class in temperament testing. The American Temperament Testing Society (ATTS) conducts annual evaluations for all dog breeds, and pit bull mixes consistently rate higher than some of their more popular counterparts, including the Golden Retriever and Collie. Bully breeds also excel at the American Kennel Club's (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) training, which is a program that teaches good dog manners and responsible pet ownership. Dogs who become certified as CGCs might also qualify for reduced insurance rates, so it's an extra bonus to take this course with your bully breed.
3. Bullies Have Good Genes
Bully breeds are shorthaired dogs that don't require much grooming. Your dog can probably get away with a "wash and go" once a month. Start working with your bully as soon as you bring him home to get him used to having his nails clipped or ears cleaned. If you're uncomfortable performing these duties, find a groomer who understands bully breeds and is well-trained to groom them.
2. Adopting a Bully Breed May Take Time
Consider the shelter as your own pet matchmaking service. The more they know about your life, the better they can match you with the perfect pet. For example, an adult bully breed might make a better fit than a puppy, since adults are more settled. Always tell a shelter if you have small children, how active you are and other factors that might help them pair you with the right pooch. This will ensure every adopted bully finds a permanent home with a loving family that understands the unique needs and personalities of these breeds.
1. Bullies Are Loyal to a Fault
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Understanding Dog Aggression Dogs become aggressive out of frustration and dominance.
By Cesar Millan
Remember that these dogs don't dream of being in the news when they grow up. Dogs don't premeditate bad acts like people do. Bad things happen when powerful breeds (or mixes of powerful breeds) live with humans who like the breed but don't understand the animal in the dog.
In a larger breed, frustration will intensify what the animal can do. Many people consider the look or popularity of a breed before thinking about whether the dog works for their lifestyle. This is a recipe for disaster.
To control a powerful breed you need to become the dogs pack leader and establish rules, boundaries and limitations. You need to fulfill the dog as Nature intended him to be fulfilled.
Dogs become aggressive out of frustration and dominance. The frustration comes from a lack of exercise and the dominance comes from a lack of calm, assertive leadership.
I work with owners of many red-zone dogs. First I work with the owners to establish them as pack leaders and to understand the animal in their dog.
I also explain to the owners the importance of exercise. Physical activity burns the dogs excess energy and maintains his healthy state of mind. This is important because in order to talk to the mind you need to remove the energy from the body.
If you live with an aggressive dog, I urge you to find a professional dog trainer to work with you and your dog. Many so-called aggressive dogs can be rehabilitated with time and dedication, and we owe it to our dogs to try.