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IS A DOG THE RIGHT COMPANION FOR YOU?

Caring for a companion animal goes far beyond providing food, water and shelter. It also takes planning for expected and unexpected medical expenses. The average first year cost of owning a dog is over $1,000 and $500 each year after. It takes research and careful planning to bring the right pet into your home, and to make sure your lifestyle is the right one for your pet.

When adopting, you are making a commitment to care for an animal for the rest of its life—that could mean 10 to 15 years for dogs. Before adopting, consider the ways your life and circumstances could change such as moves, the birth of children, and new jobs; are you prepared for your pet to remain a permanent part of your life?

And is your home prepared for a new pet? Whether it’s tightly sealing your garbage cans or paying attention to dangerous decorations during the holidays, you’ll need to make your home safe before adopting. That includes keeping toxic foods,  pet-unfriendly plants, and dangerous household items out of paw’s reach.

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How Do You Pick Your Next Best Friend?

OK. You want a dog. Now you have to decide: Do you want an energetic puppy, an active adolescent, a calm adult or a snugly senior dog? Is a small, cuddly lap dog, a high-energy working breed, or a big comfortable couch potato the right match?

Yes, puppies are adorable and they have that sweet puppy breath, but they are also new to the world. You will have to teach them everything!  A young adult dog may give you the energy level you want without all the training involved with a puppy.  Adult dogs are settled and usually adapt quickly to your routine.  Senior dogs make great companions. They are usually potty-trained, know basic commands, and walk well on leash.

Energy is the most important choice when picking a dog. And size doesn’t always predict a dog’s activity level. Small terriers have high energy; big lab mixes can be low-key. Working/herding breeds like Aussies, heelers, and collies are intelligent and need lots of exercise and training.

Crate Training

AAR highly recommends crate training for all dogs. If you train your dog to be content in a crate, the benefits are enormous: the dog is safe, cozy & secure; no worrying about accidents or destruction; you can relax when guests visit and more! The basics: Give them a command to enter, such as “kennel.” Encourage them by pointing to the inside of the crate with a treat in your hand. After your dog enters the crate, praise them, give them the treat, and close the door. Sit quietly near the crate for five to ten minutes, and then go into another room for a few minutes.

 . Abbott .
 . Abbott .  . Abbott .  . Abbott .  . Abbott .  . Abbott .  . Abbott .
  • Shepherd
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Abbott's mom was found after Harvey and about a month later Abbott and his siblings were born. He will be a big beautiful boy with lots of hair. He is looking for a fun loving family with the time, patience, and love for an active puppy. Is that you? Est. DOB: 11/26/17 19 lbs and growing!
Baby, Male, Large
 . Alvin .
 . Alvin .  . Alvin .  . Alvin .  . Alvin .  . Alvin .  . Alvin .
  • Shepherd
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Alvin's mom was found after Harvey and about a month later Alvin and his siblings were born. He will be a big beautiful boy with lots of hair. He is looking for a fun loving family with the time, patience, and love for an active puppy. Is that you? Est. DOB: 11/26/17 19 lbs and growing
Baby, Male, Large
 . Benny 2 .
 . Benny 2 .  . Benny 2 .  . Benny 2 .  . Benny 2 .  . Benny 2 .  . Benny 2 .
  • Border Collie
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Sadly, Benny's elderly owner could no longer care for his beloved pet. He was a bit scared when he entered the shelter but quickly came out of his shell with the volunteers. He plays ball and wants to have fun. Come meet this fun loving guy! 28 lbs. Est. DOB: 2013
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Bindy .
 . Bindy .  . Bindy .  . Bindy .  . Bindy .  . Bindy .  . Bindy .
  • Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Bindy was found by a man from California working in Houston. He fell in love with Bindy but realized he couldn't take her back to California. At the shelter, she is a sweet and playful youngster looking for lots of attention. Will you give Bindy a wonderful loving home? Est. DOB: 6/15/17 25 lbs.
Young, Female, Medium
 . Bliss .
 . Bliss .  . Bliss .  . Bliss .  . Bliss .  . Bliss .
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Bliss was found in awful condition after the Harvey floods. AAR has provided medical care for her skin, heartworm treatment, spay, and lots of tender loving care. A volunteer that hadn't seen her since she arrived couldn't believe the transformation. She said, "She is beautiful!" Bliss is a quiet senior lady that craves attention. Every so often she lets up a loud whine and now we know she is calling for a little love. Will you give this lady the love and care she deserves? Est. DOB: 2009 20 lbs.
Adult, Female, Small
 . Brody .
 . Brody .  . Brody .  . Brody .  . Brody .  . Brody .  . Brody .
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Brody was found and left at Boarding and Grooming Facility. They cared for him until AAR had space available. He is happy go lucky energetic boy. Come meet Brody! 45 lbs. Est. DOB 1/16/16
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Bruce .
 . Bruce .  . Bruce .  . Bruce .  . Bruce .
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Big happy Bruce was found running the streets. He loves everybody! Bruce is learning some basic manners in our Dream Dog Training Class. He wants a loving active family with a big backyard and a big heart. Is he the one for you! Est. DOB: 1/1/16, Weight: 71 lbs.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Carl .
 . Carl .  . Carl .  . Carl .  . Carl .  . Carl .  . Carl .
  • Chihuahua
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Carl was rescued on a busy road. His rescuer reports that he is a friendly guy that acts like a puppy. Will you provide a home for this handsome little man? Est. DOB: 8/3/14 11 lbs.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Chacho .
 . Chacho .  . Chacho .  . Chacho .  . Chacho .  . Chacho .  . Chacho .
  • Chihuahua
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Chacho lived outside in the backyard. He is a cuddly gentle guy that deserves a warm and comfortable home. He loves to burrow under his blanket in his large kennel at the shelter. Would you show Chacho how to live with comfort and love? Est. DOB: 12/13/12 10 lbs.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Cher .
 . Cher .  . Cher .  . Cher .  . Cher .  . Cher .  . Cher .
  • Husky, Chow Chow
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
Cher was found with her brother Sonny. Her rescuer reports that she was wonderful and well-behaved in the home. She is a bit shy but warms up quickly while seeking lots of affection. This sweet gal likes to hug you and hold on for affirmation. Do you have a loving home for Cher? Est. DOB: 1/16/16 40 lbs.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Daughtry .
 . Daughtry .  . Daughtry .  . Daughtry .  . Daughtry .  . Daughtry .  . Daughtry .
  • Dachshund, Labrador Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Daughtry has already proven himself a champion in his short life. From an abandoned, skinny, sad baby eating out of the garbage, Daughtry is now a healthy, handsome, brave boy ready to be a winner as part of your happy family! Understandably, since Daughtry had to compete with other hungry dogs for his garbage meals, he's a little possessive of his food. He also needs to get better at his house training. Daughtry asks that his new parents love him unconditionally and work patiently with him. He's VERY smart and will do anything for your approval, love...and a treat, of course! Est. DOB: 8/27/17 16 lbs and growing
Baby, Male, Large
 . Dunkin .
 . Dunkin .  . Dunkin .  . Dunkin .  . Dunkin .  . Dunkin .  . Dunkin .
  • Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Delightful Dunkin was found at a Dunkin Doughnuts. He is full of energy and fun! He was treated and recuperated at AAR for heartworms; so he is ready to get out of the shelter and into his very own home. Come meet Dunkin! Est. DOB: 5/16/16 24 lbs.
Young, Male, Medium
 . Florence .
 . Florence .  . Florence .  . Florence .  . Florence .  . Florence .  . Florence .
  • Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
Florence and her buddy Frieda were found dumped on Quinn street. They came to us scared and hungry and were basically a mangy mess. They went into foster care and within just two or three days, really came out of their shell. They only had one accident in their kennel and they slept through the night from the start. Although Florence loves to run and play, she was calm for a puppy at her fosters home. She has since gained alot of puppy energy, however that happens sometimes being at the shelter. She loved to climb on the waterfall at her foster's home and really enjoyed chasing balls and playing with the rope toys. Florence would probably like to have a dog buddy and one a little older could help teach her some manners. She is such a good girl and would love to be out of the shelter in a home to call her own. Do you have a special place in your heart for this gem? Est. DOB: 5/2017, Weight: 30lbs.
Young, Female, Medium
 . Huff .
 . Huff .  . Huff .  . Huff .  . Huff .  . Huff .  . Huff .
  • Shih Tzu
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Special Needs
Huff was found in a plastic container on Hufsmith . He looked horrible due to a skin condition. The good news was that he had Demodex mange that caused scabbing and hair loss, but was easily cured. He is an older guy with typical eye and ear issues but he is basically healthy. His hair has grown back and he looks great. He enjoys a nice bath but a little caution is needed when you touch his eyes or mouth. He loves to eat and will follow you anywhere for a treat. He enjoys short walks and sitting on your lap. He can be a bit grumpy if you do something he doesn't like, so he would be better in a home with loving adults. He has grown to trust the volunteers at AAR and he craves his very own home with humans that will truly care for him. Will you provide Huff with the love and care he did not receive in his previous home? Est. DOB: 2009 17 lbs.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Ian .
 . Ian .  . Ian .  . Ian .  . Ian .  . Ian .  . Ian .
  • Labrador Retriever, Weimaraner
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
This sweet energetic happy pup was abandoned at the shelter. Ian is your typical lab pup with lots of energy, curiosity, and intelligence. He is highly motivated to learn in our Dream Dog Training Class. He loves playtime with other rough and rowdy dogs! Are you willing to provide lots of exercise, training, and love? Est. DOB: 7/1/17, Weight: 38 lbs and growing
Young, Male, Medium
 . Jester .
 . Jester .  . Jester .  . Jester .  . Jester .  . Jester .  . Jester .
  • Chihuahua, Poodle
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Jester bounces with joy and will make you smile. His owner surrendered him because he can be a bit of an escape artist. With the right home and a secure fence, Jester will stay home to entertain you. Est. DOB 13 lbs.
Young, Male, Small
 . Kiefer .
 . Kiefer .  . Kiefer .  . Kiefer .  . Kiefer .  . Kiefer .  . Kiefer .
  • Chihuahua
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Kiefer's rescuer kept him with her 9 dogs and had him fully vetted. She reports that he barked some at the cat but warmed up quickly. He is a darling wiggly cuddle bug looking for his loving home. Est. DOB: 4/23/17 8 lbs.
Young, Male, Small
 . Louie .
 . Louie .  . Louie .  . Louie .  . Louie .  . Louie .  . Louie .
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Special Needs
According to Louie's rescuer, he like everybody including kids, dogs, and cats. He is excitable but fun. Would you give this guy the home he deserves? Est. DOB: 7/23/16 35 lbs.
Young, Male, Medium
 . Margo .
 . Margo .  . Margo .  . Margo .  . Margo .  . Margo .  . Margo .
  • Hound
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Margo and Mia are from a litter of 9 puppies. They are delightful fun loving puppies. These big girls are looking for lots of playtime, training, and cuddles. Est. DOB: 9/1/2017 30 lbs and growing
Baby, Female, Medium
 . Mia .
 . Mia .  . Mia .  . Mia .  . Mia .  . Mia .  . Mia .
  • Hound
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Margo and Mia are from a litter of 9 puppies. They are delightful fun loving puppies. These big girls are looking for lots of playtime, training, and cuddles. Est. DOB: 9/1/2017 30 lbs and growing
Baby, Female, Large
 . Rose .
 . Rose .  . Rose .  . Rose .  . Rose .  . Rose .  . Rose .
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Rose is a gentle lady looking for a warm caring home. If you are looking for a mature easy going dog that loves to play ball, Rose is the one for you. Her skin allergy discolors her skin but her true beauty shows through in her personality. Come meet this lovely lady. Est. DOB: 7/25/14 52 lbs.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Rusty .
 . Rusty .  . Rusty .  . Rusty .  . Rusty .  . Rusty .  . Rusty .
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Rusty was found running in a neighborhood. He is extremely friendly and wants to play. At the shelter, he loves to go on walks and hang out with the volunteers. He is an energetic little guy craving his very own home. Come meet this handsome boy. 19 lbs. EST. DOB: 11/11/16
Young, Male, Small
 . Swift .
 . Swift .  . Swift .  . Swift .  . Swift .  . Swift .  . Swift .
  • Golden Retriever, Cattle Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Special Needs
Swift was rescued near a park in Tomball. His rescuer was amazed at his great behavior. He stayed outside her home but was joyful and loyal in just a couple of days. At the shelter he loves all the volunteers and his favorite activity is playing fetch. Wonderful AAR volunteers have taken Swift to A&M Veterinary Hospital for care due to some medical issues. He does require a specialized feeding regimen and regular Vet visits to monitor is heart. Neither of these issues keep Swift from being a happy playful dog. Now he just wants his very own family. Come meet this extraordinary dog! Est. DOB: 6/2015 40 lbs.
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Vanna .
 . Vanna .  . Vanna .  . Vanna .  . Vanna .  . Vanna .  . Vanna .
  • Collie
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Vanna was found greeting all the customers at a golf club. She happily walked home with her rescuer and her dog. At the shelter Vanna is participating in the Dream Dog Training Program. Come meet this beautiful girl! Est. DOB: 12/21/16 50 lbs
Young, Female, Large
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