If you are an animal lover, you must have a good childhood memory about your pet of if you haven’t had a pet, you must have asked for one. There must have also been an instance that you asked your parents to adopt a dog.
Dogs have a natural appeal to both children and adults alike. They attract us right away for their beauty, loyalty and love. However, we have to think about the responsibility involved. This article will give you basic information to help you make this important decision.
When Adopting a Dog…
Adopting a dog is a very important decision that we have to meditate its depth. Dogs are very loving companions and give us great joy, but also is a big responsibility, and you may not be ready, for one reason or another, to care for them throughout their lives. The greatest example of this is the number of dogs that are abandoned. Leaving them when we will not be able to take good care of them is the first irresponsible behavior that can be committed.
It is very important that we think for a while the possibility of adopting a dog. It must never be something sudden or impulsive. We must weigh if our schedules allow us to get him a ride when needed, if we can bear the expenses that arise (food, regular vet visits, vaccinations, belts, hygiene …) and if we have the patience and dedication necessary to educate them correctly.
If we are 100% confident that we can take care of him, and it is a decision we have thought over a long time, we can begin the process of adopting. However, if we had other pets and the result has been positive, this means one more point in favor of the adoption of a new family member.
Where to Adopt
We can buy in pet stores, adopting kennel or shelter, or host a puppy from a litter advertised in many places. The options most recommended are the last two, because pet stores are only suitable to buy fish and rodents. Dogs, on the other hand, are in storefronts, caged waiting to get out of there to run, play and maintain social contact with other dogs or people. Keeping them in a confined area is not the best treatment for the dogs.
One advantage of adoption is we are helping the homeless dogs, kennels, and animal shelters. These organizations usually have many animals and few resources, so it is very difficult for them to take good care of the animals that they handle. People usually go to stores looking for a purebred dog, especially a puppy. However, purebreds can also be found in kennels because many people who have adopted one, have ended up leaving them.
People working in the animal shelter can help you a lot to choose the dog that bests suit you. This option gives you the opportunity to give new life to a dog that has been either physically or emotionally abused.
The following are some of the pet adoption centers in Jacksonville and nearby counties.
Jacksonville Animal Care & Protective Services
2020 Forest Street | Jacksonville, FL 32204
904-630-City(2489) | www.coj.net/pets
ADOPTION HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday & Monday Closed
Jacksonville Humane Society
8464 Beach Blvd. | Jacksonville, FL 32216
904-725-8766 | www.jaxhumane.org
ADOPTION HOURS: Monday & Tuesday 11 am to 6 pm
Thursday & Friday 11 am to 6 pm
Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday 12 pm to 4 pm
St. Johns County Pet Center
130 N Stratton Road | St Augustine, FL 32095
ADOPTION HOURS: Monday Closed except for scheduled appointments
Tuesday -Saturday 9 am to 4:30 pm Sunday Closed
Safe Animal Shelter
2913 County Road 220 Middleburg, FL 32068
904-276-7233 | www.safeanimalshelter.com
ADOPTION HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm
Sunday & Monday Closed