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Tips for adopting a new cat or dog

Leslie Rockey
Colorado Animal Rescue
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Thinking about getting a new dog or cat? Here are ideas to keep in mind when you are considering adopting a pet from a rescue, a shelter, a private home or breeder.

• Dogs and cats must be eight weeks old before they can be adopted or sold. This is a law.

• Pets must also be spayed or neutered prior to their release to a new owner unless the adopter or buyer pays a deposit and signs an agreement to have the animal sterilized within a certain period of time. This is also a law.



• It is important for the animal’s physical and mental health that they stay with their mom and litter-mates until they are eight weeks old.

For dogs, 10 to 12 weeks is ideal. During this time, puppies learn dog body language and communication. Puppies practice and learn bite inhibition during this crucial stage. Many of the behaviors that will be hard-wired in the dog for the rest of its life are established during this developmental stage.



• Ask for vaccination records. Animals should have at least one set of vaccinations. Any reputable pet adoption agency would ensure the animal’s safety by administering vaccines.

• Ask questions about where the animal came from? How did it end up in a rescue situation? Is there any history on the animal’s personality and behavior? Is there any prior medical history?

• Always look to your local agencies first. If we can get a handle on our own community’s animal population, we can reduce euthanasia community-wide as well as in individual shelters.

Animals enrich our lives in so many ways. We wish you good luck, and remember to have fun finding your new pet.


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