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How to Choose a Shelter Dog

You've been thinking about getting a dog for a while, and you know you want to do the right thing and rescue a dog from a shelter, but that may be as far as you've thought things through. You've never adopted a dog before, and you're not sure what steps to take. It's OK; PawNation is here to help. Follow our 10 steps for adopting…

Defining an Adoptable Dog

Animal shelters are between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Many have limited resources and more animals in need of placement than people who are willing to adopt them. This leads to tough decisions like determining if money and time should be spent making an animal with health or behavior problems "adoptable," or whether those resources would be better used elsewhere and the individual in question euthanized. Up until recently, shelter personnel have had to make these life and death decisions on the fly, having little hard evidence regarding what potential owners might be willing to take on and what truly makes a pet unadoptable. Research is improving this situation though, as is evi...

A stray dog lost her chance at finding a home due to a mix-up at a Florida animal shelter. According to WTSP, Hernando County Animal services accidentally put down a stray dog available for adoption instead of a similar-looking dog that was surrendered by her owner. This is the second time this year that the same tragic mistake has occurred at the shelter. In this instance, the shelter was caring for two red-brown, female Lab/Shepherd mixes. One was a stray taken for adoption in September, the other was a pet surrendered for euthanasia in August. Due to a switch in kennels and a disregard for standard procedure, the stray was put down. "There appears to be no uniform procedure or...

Jan Folk with supporter Kevin Costner. Orange Dog / Freedom Flights. Name: Jan Folk Title: Founder, Orange Dog and Freedom Flights Jan Folk not only owns the Orange Dog, a Canadian online boutique specializing in high-end products for dogs and humans, but she uses those profits to run Freedom Flights, a charity that takes dogs at risk of being euthanized in California and delivers them to a no-kill shelter in Canada to find new homes. The charity, which works through an agreement with private airline Global Exec Aviation, has made headlines recently thanks to an endorsement from Kevin Costner, who recently flew with Folk on one of the flights. Why did you start Orange Dog? When my busi...

mathias-erhart, Flickr Belgium is getting crowded. The country is home to 11 million people, and 1.7 million cats, the Guardian U.K. reports. Some 37,000 of those animals are strays that wind up in shelters and, often, are put down. Enter the Multi-Annual Cat Plan 2011-2016. Over the next five years, the Belgian government plans to fix nearly all of the country's kitties, notes the Guardian U.K. The first part of the plan is that all shelter cats will be spayed or neutered. Later, cat sellers will have to comply with the new law. And you can forget about the "Kittens for Sale" ads on the street corner. Selling kittens through small ads or bulletin-board notices will be banned. In the las...

Photo: gorefiendus/Flickr How does anyone find a dog? Impulse? Research? Trial and error? Blind luck? Fate? My fiancée Anna and I are looking to adopt a dog. We currently share a postage stamp-sized one-bedroom walk-up in the NYC border town of Hoboken, New Jersey with Nora, a cuddly, who-you-callin'-obese, 10-year-old tuxedo cat. (She and I have the same birthday, May 29.) Over the next few months, we will navigate some serious life changes and first time experiences, starting with our wedding. Then we plan to add to the drama by expanding our little family to include a dog or a puppy, which may well necessitate expanding our domicile. From a canine perspective, we come f...