Adoption tips for the Oswego County SPCA:
Adopting an Oswego County SPCA Dog:
-What size dog are you looking to adopt? Is your home large enough to accommodate it? Is there enough room to run around outside or are you willing to take this dog for frequent walks if you don't have a yard?
-Do you work long hours? A dog can only wait so long for you to get home before an "accident" will most likely happen. It's not the dog's fault. If you do work long hours, you might want to consider adopting a cat.
-Do you have children? There are certain types of dogs that are just family friendly. Then there are certain types that are questionable. Make sure to ask the foster caregiver if the dog has been around children.
-Do you have other pets? Before adding another to the mix, think long and hard about how it will affect the order of things in your household.
If you've made up your mind to adopt a dog, make sure to give the dog ample time to adjust to its new environment. Take into consideration where this dog came from and its past. If the dog was abused in the past, it will take time for it to build trust. If it was neglected, it might be very needy at first to make up for what it lacks.
Adopting an Oswego County SPCA Cat:
-Is this your first cat? Educate yourself on cats, what they eat, how they behave, etc. You do research when buying your new car, why not about your new companion?
-Are you adding a cat to the mix? Make sure to know all about the new cat as some are not quick to adapt to new homes, much less other animals that it doesn't know. A cat coming from a multi-pet foster home may be ok with its roommates, but that didn't happen over night.
-If you have other cats, are they spayed or neutered? All cats and dogs (unless you are breeding them) should be spayed or neutered. When introducing a new cat into a home, if the existing cat is not spayed/neutered, there could be behavioral problems.
-Cat or kitten? This is a tough one. Kittens are adorable, but are also full of energy and need a lot of interaction. If you work long hours, a kitten is not for you. It will get bored and destructive while you are away. A cat over the age of 1 or 2 is considered an adult. At this age, a cat is usually mellowed some.
If you've settled on adopting a cat, there is one important thing that you must do. GIVE IT TIME! If this means putting the new kitty in the spare bedroom with the door shut or the spare bathroom (if it's big enough). The point is, a cat new to its environment is going to be afraid (in most cases). It will take time for it to adjust to the smells and sounds. Cats senses are incredibly heightened over those of humans and with one breath they take in a LOT of information. If you are not willing to give a cat the time it needs to adjust and introduce it slowly to its new environment, I'd say a cat is not in your future.