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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.

RESOURCES:

ASPCA
Best Friends
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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.

 . Adrienne .
 . Adrienne .  . Adrienne .  . Adrienne .  . Adrienne .
  • Greyhound
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Sweet Adrienne was abandoned at the shelter. Friendly, athletic, and fun describes her in the play yard. She seems quite well cared for and is looking for her forever family. Est. DOB: 1/2016 54 lbs.
Young, Female, Medium
 . Big Tex .
 . Big Tex .  . Big Tex .  . Big Tex .
  • American Bulldog
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Prefers home without dogs
Big Tex is a big strong boy looking for love. His previous owners reported that he was house trained and kennel trained. Tex did great when at a boarding facility. He loved all people including children but he doesn't know how big he is, so he did sometimes knock over the toddler. The family became too busy and decided it would be better to rehome Tex to another family. That didn't work out so he is now at the shelter. Tex was an only dog so he didn't get to socialize with other dogs. He may be better in a home without other dogs. Come meet this BIG BOY! 71 lbs. 2/2012
Adult, Male, Not known
 . Brenna .
 . Brenna .  . Brenna .  . Brenna .
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Brenna is a submissive youngster looking for her forever family. Come meet this sweet dog! Est. DOB: 3/17/17 26 lbs. and growing
Baby, Female, Medium
 . Buddy .
 . Buddy .  . Buddy .  . Buddy .  . Buddy .  . Buddy .  . Buddy .
  • Black Mouth Cur
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Prefers home without cats
Buddy is house trained, crate trained, well behaved, and not destructive according to his former owner. Wow! He knows basic commands and fetches 4 to 5 times. He has a sweet disposition, he's a hugger and just wants to belong. He does howl when he hears sirens but that is his only vice. Buddy was on the streets before he was rescued well over a year ago. Now he just wants to settle into his forever home. If you have other dogs, that's fine. If you have cats, he is not coming. Come meet this loving guy. Est. DOB: 2011 69 lbs.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Duke .
 . Duke .  . Duke .  . Duke .
  • Treeing Walker Coonhound, Bloodhound
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Duke is a big strong boy rescued on a busy road in a rural area. His rescuers kept him for several weeks looking for his owners. He is a wonderful friendly guy that has enormous scent drive . Treeing Walker Coonhounds make exceptional family dogs for those with active lifestyles. Duke will need lots of exercise and playtime. Do you have the home for Duke? Est. DOB: 6/2014 60 lbs.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Finn .
 . Finn .  . Finn .  . Finn .  . Finn .
  • Collie
  • Spayed/Neutered
Finn found himself at AAR after his owner, who has health issues, could no longer care for him. Finn is a sweet boy that is a little scared being at the shelter. He is super gentle and would love to have a home of his own soon! He knows sit and walks well on a leash. Come meet this boy and let him win your heart! Est. DOB: 7/2010, Weight: 33.
Senior, Male, Medium
 . Heather .
 . Heather .  . Heather .  . Heather .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Heather's foster mom says: Heather is a people dog. She likes other dogs, but she loves people. When Heather looks at you, you feel a connection to her. She is kind, gentle and sensitive. Heather has the heart of a puppy, ready to play, but the manners of an adult dog. This dog loves to learn! She gets so excited when it's training time, but gets right down to business giving you her full attention. Heather will make a great companion to whoever is lucky enough to adopt her. Are YOU ready to make today your lucky day? 44 lbs. Est. DOB: 2014
Adult, Female, Large
 . Jim-Bo .
 . Jim-Bo .  . Jim-Bo .  . Jim-Bo .
  • Boxer
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Jim-Bo has so much love he wants to share. He climbs on you to get close and craves attention. When rescued, he was in poor health and had serious head trauma. He has been provided with outstanding Vet care at AAR and now is looking for his very own family that will love him unconditionally. The nerve damage to his head makes his face droop but you can't help but smile when you meet him. He is a strong boy so we have him practicing his manners in the Dream Dog Training Class. He likes to play fetch and go on walks. Will you provide Jim-Bo with the love and attention he craves? Est. DOB: 2014 60 lbs
Adult, Male, Large
 . Kasey .
 . Kasey .  . Kasey .  . Kasey .  . Kasey .
  • Shepherd
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Kasey was adopted from BARC in February 2017. Sadly, the new owner's work schedule increased and she had no time for this happy boy. Kasey is a fun loving boy that loves humans and dogs. Come meet Kasey! Est. DOB: 2013 48 lbs.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Muffin .
 . Muffin .  . Muffin .  . Muffin .  . Muffin .  . Muffin .
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Muffin was found with her siblings when they were just a couple of months old. They have had wonderful care but the rescuer knows that 3 big labs plus her own dog is too many. Muffin exhibits all the friendly and intelligent characteristics of a lab. She wants to be a forever companion in an active loving home. Est. DOB: 10/2016 42 lbs.
Young, Female, Medium
 . Ramsey .
 . Ramsey .  . Ramsey .  . Ramsey .  . Ramsey .
  • Chihuahua, Dachshund
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Ramsey was abandoned at the shelter. He is full of vitality and fun! Come meet this handsome man. Est. DOB: 1/2013 12 lbs.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Sampson .
 . Sampson .  . Sampson .  . Sampson .
  • Mastiff, Hound
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Prefers home without dogs
Sampson is big, strong, and has a heart of gold. The love and patience of wonderful volunteers, and the Dream Dog Training Program have helped Sampson achieve a Dream Dog status. He enjoys walks on our trails and in the community. He craves human attention and may prefer to be the only animal in the home. Sampson would love to be your best friend. Come meet this big boy! Est. DOB: 2011 72 lbs.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Tracie .
 . Tracie .  . Tracie .  . Tracie .  . Tracie .  . Tracie .
  • Jack Russell Terrier (Parson)
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Tracie is a beautiful energetic girl. Her rescuer fell in love with her but just couldn't keep a dog at this time. Tracie is waiting for her forever family. Is it you? Est. DOB: 8/2016 23 lbs.
Young, Female, Medium
 . Val .
 . Val .  . Val .  . Val .  . Val .  . Val .  . Val .
  • Australian Shepherd, Jack Russell Terrier (Parson)
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Val was rescued and so wants to be part of a loving family. He's a cuddle bug that wants to run and play. Come meet this handsome pup! Est. DOB: 3/2017 19 lbs and growing
Baby, Male, Medium
 . Veronica .
 . Veronica .  . Veronica .  . Veronica .  . Veronica .  . Veronica .
  • Chihuahua, Dachshund
This happy girl is looking for a fun loving family. She did well in her rescuer's home and is now looking for lots of attention and play time. Come meet Veronica! Est. DOB: 3/2017 11 lbs.
Baby, Female, Small
 . Zoey .
 . Zoey .  . Zoey .  . Zoey .
  • Shepherd
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Zoey lived with a family for five years but now the main caregiver is going off to college. Zoey craves love and attention and doesn't want to be left outside alone all day. Zoey is looking forward to learning how to be a part of the family both inside and outside of the house. Please give Zoey the home and care she deserves! Est. DOB 2012 35 lbs.
Adult, Female, Medium
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