Diane Anderson, an expert animal behaviorist with the Central Florida SPCA. “When you make the life saving decision to adopt a new furry friend, you have great expectations… unfortunately, sometimes things don’t go quite as planned… now what? Remember, when you adopt a pet you are making a promise to them to provide them with food, water, shelter, training and companionship. Your new pet is more than willing to hold up their side of the bargain by providing you with unconditional love!”
Remember your new furry friend has undergone a lot of stress. They came to the shelter as a stray, or their family relinquished them. Even the cleanest and quietest shelter is not a home, and even the kindest staff can’t substitute for a long-term family. Now here comes another upheaval--and your new dog has no way to know what’s coming next. It’s a lot to take in even for the friendliest dog.
Be Patient. It is going to take some time and work. You can’t expect things will be perfect over night. Please remember you made a promise and a commitment to give this dog a home, a safe haven, a family to love.