a dog from a shelter when I can get a puppy?
If you plan to
show your purebred Akita in AKC shows, you should purchase a puppy
a reputable, professional breeder. If you're looking for a friend, a
companion, the benefits
of contacting a shelter are many. Shelters with active volunteers
spend a great deal of time
with the animals. They can give you an idea about temperament,
personality and level
of training. As mentioned, these dogs are already housebroken, have
some basic obedience
and make wonderful companions. They have been spayed/neutered,
given a health check. The work has already been done for you!
an Akita from an animal shelter, you are literally saving a life.
There are a few
no-kill shelters throughout the country but the majority of animal
shelters are kill
shelters. Certainly that's not by choice but necessity. Shelters can
house only a limited
number of animals. To make room for incoming animals, they allow
each dog a short
time for adoption. If the Akita is not adopted within that time
frame, it is killed. A lot
of Akitas are dying in animal shelters--a consequence of popularity.
involved in adopting a dog from a shelter?
little. Most shelters spay or neuter before the dog is allowed to
will be vaccinated but that's about all the veterinary care it will
receive. Some shelters
will give you a certificate for a free veterinary check then you're
on your own. The
cost of adoption is different in each city and state but generally,
it costs less
than $100. Humane societies may require a house check similar to the
groups but municipal shelters are too understaffed to undertake
what? Where do I find a shelter?
You can do
a Google search using the keywords: “Animal Shelter” plus your city
You can look in your phone book under "Humane Society," or "animal
shelter." You can call
your local Chamber of Commerce or ask at the nearest pet supply
store. Nearly every
community has some facility to house homeless animals. Your loyal
Akita waits for you
in one of those shelters.