It's true, we are awfully lucky! But it's not all fun and games. Working at a shelter requires a lot of energy, focus, and willingness to get your hands dirty. While playing with the pups in the yard is a fun break from the everyday work, shelter staff have to keep track of the dogs behaviors to make sure they are healthy, monitor their food intake, deal with medications, and keep track of all of the little details with each and every individual animal. It's a dream to work with these perfect creatures every day, but it is also a lot of work! (And there is a lot of poop to deal with. SO much poop.) 9. "I’d like to find an (insert breed name) to breed with my dog."
Sorry, no can do. Most shelters will have their dogs spayed/neutered before they adopt them out due to the overbreeding problem that lands so many puppies in shelters to begin with. If you are looking for a specific kind of dog to breed with your pup, expect to be turned away by most shelters. 10. "The process to adopt a dog is way too intense."
There is a reason for that, we swear! While many shelters require interviews, meet-and-greets, home checks, etc., they are doing that simply because they do not want their pups to end up in horrible homes once again. These animals have beautiful spirits and have gone through so much, they deserve a perfect home to live and prosper in. [bp_related_article] 11. "Do you have any dogs other than Pit Bulls?" [embed]https://instagram.com/p/2bL4qbrEeK/[/embed] Probably, but Pit Bulls are AMAZING. Not only are they some of the most loyal dogs in the world, they are world-class cuddlers and incredible family members. Pit Bulls are found more often in shelters than other breeds because many times they are overbred as fighting or guard dogs, and rescued by shelters from horrible, negative lives. The stereotype that Pit Bulls are aggressive is simply not true - I have had a Pit Bull flat on their back, tongue lolling to the side, putty-in-my-hands, just enjoying every second of a belly rub. 12. "I’d like to donate my dog."
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This actually has been said numerous times at Bobbi and the Strays. We do not have a shortage of homeless dogs. If you actually want to help a shelter, you can donate much-needed money or volunteer to work at a shelter. If you have to give up your dog honesty is the best way to go. 13. "My dog just had puppies. Can you take them?"
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Maybe. But please consider getting your dogs spayed/neutered. Also, shelters sometimes do not have the means to care for a whole litter of puppies, and typically they have to stay with their mama for around eight weeks before they can be weaned off of her milk. 14. "Is that eight-week-old puppy housebroken?" [embed]https://instagram.com/p/6VofrRlCiK/[/embed] If you want a puppy, you have to take on the responsibility of training them as well. A puppy is not just a cute face (although that is definitely a huge part of it). They need to learn the ways of the world, just as a child would. And if you're getting a pup, expect a LOT of poop. Sometimes an amount you would never expect from such a small, furry creature. 15. "I don’t believe in spaying or neutering my dog."
This is obviously a personal decision, but it is responsible to look at all your options. Not only are puppies an obvious possibility when you keep your dog unfixed, but also male dogs who haven't been neutered have a tendency to be a bit more aggressive due to excess testosterone and sexual energy built up (much like teenage boys). 16. "I can’t keep my pet because…" [embed]https://instagram.com/p/6uQZtvmwbV/[/embed] Sigh. This is a painful thing to hear. Shelter workers have heard everything in the book. The dog is too old, too young, too playful, too energetic, too lazy, we're having a baby, we're moving, we're too busy, the list goes on. The thing to remember is that dogs are not a trend, they are forever!