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Can you give me examples of open ended pet adoption questions?

I am working to become an adoption counselor with a local no-kill animal shelter. What are some innocuous yet revealing questions that may have worked for you in a similar type of situation? [more inside]
posted by Bistle on Jul 29, 2014 - 16 answers

How do we add a second dog into the mix?

This is Hendricks - he's a 55 lbs. hound/shepherd/mutt that we found at a local shelter back in January. He's pretty chill, except for a love of hunting bunnies that go across his back yard. Hendricks needs a friend - how do we start approaching this, and how do we find him a friend that will work for him and us? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Jul 19, 2014 - 11 answers

What to do about these cats?

A family of cats -- a mother, two kittens, and a father -- has moved into my backyard in Bayside, Queens. Now what? [more inside]
posted by thursdaystoo on May 31, 2014 - 11 answers

Adopted a dog and the original owner shows up - what to do?

I adopted a dog a month ago. The shelter held him for 10 days, but no one came to claim him. Now the shelter has received a call from someone claiming it is their dog, with a very sad story (death in the family) about why he was lost and no one looked for him. I feel very bad for these people if their story is true, and wonder if the dog would be happier with his original owners. I'm also very attached to the dog, as is my kitten, and have been crying a lot at the thought of giving him up. I can't get another dog now that I've started working in the afternoons - I had a lot of time this month to help him rehome. The dog was found not neutered despite being several years old, which makes me nervous about previous vet care, so I have asked the shelter to look into vet records. How can I make this decision? I have strong feelings on both sides of the argument.
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2014 - 37 answers

Dream dog?

My partner and I have been searching for a dog to adopt for the last two month or so - after our interview, home check and lots of hoops we are ready! The shelter we're approved by has found a match - yay! He's a small staffy that's calm, suitable for first time owners (like us), confident, good with kids, and well mannered. The only problem for me is - he's 11 years old. We are open to adult dogs, but we were thinking, uh more like 1 to 8 years old. Does anyone have any experience adopting older dogs? What should we be considering? [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Jan 30, 2014 - 28 answers

Help me legally and ethically adopt my dog from a crazy LA rescue org.

When we brought home a new pup from a local rescue organization three months ago, we had no idea we were getting involved with a Crazy Lady. The adoption STILL isn't finalized and we really want to make it official and never deal with them again. Help me understand if their requests are reasonable and officially adopt my dog! [more inside]
posted by samthemander on Jan 22, 2014 - 43 answers

I want to estimate the cost of an animal shelter

I want to estimate the cost of building and running a state of the art animal shelter for dogs and cats. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Nov 19, 2013 - 12 answers

soup kitchen volunteers! can you lend me your recipes, menus, & advice?

I am part of a group that regularly gets together to cook and serve meals at a soup kitchen. Our amazing group leader of many years recently passed away very, very unexpectedly, and we have been struggling somewhat in his absence -- he always just kept everything in his head: set menus, what to buy and how much, where to get the best price on stuff, etc. Can you help us put everything back together? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Nov 14, 2013 - 18 answers

Preparing my house for a new adopted shelter dog

What can I do to make my home "dog-proof" for the new 18-month-old dog I'm getting from a shelter? And what can I do to ease the trauma for him of moving to a completely new home? [more inside]
posted by madman on Nov 13, 2013 - 11 answers

Should a Cat Shelter Smell this Bad?

I don't expect an animal shelter to smell like fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies and flower arrangements, but I think I may have hit on a poorly run or at least oversaturated facility. How do I tell? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by jzb on Sep 22, 2013 - 24 answers

Which shelter dog: quiet four year old or eager puppy?

We have narrowed down our choices to two dogs from a good shelter and would like dog advice. We are a big family with a toddler living in a flat next to a park, with one cat. We have had dogs always, but our last four all passed away and it's been a year without a dog in the house. One of our dogs was an abused rescue and bit children and was miserable a lot, so we really don't want to deal with another rehab dog. We did and will do obedience training and walks and plenty of time with the dog as there's always someone at home. The shelter is okay with either choice for us. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Jul 27, 2013 - 34 answers

Fostering Pets in an Apartment

I want to foster a shelter animal...but there are snowflake details and questions... [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Jul 21, 2013 - 5 answers

petfilter: how to find reputable dog breeder in chicagoland?

Hi hivemind - My wife and I have been living in Chicago for a while now and just got a house (Western burbs if it matters). Now that we have space and a yard, I'd really like to help her find a puppy. [more inside]
posted by envygreen on Jun 22, 2013 - 26 answers

We are getting a dog! Advise needed.

I have some questions about how to best bring a new dog into a new home. [more inside]
posted by neblina_matinal on Jun 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Which kitten should we adopt?

We are thinking of adding another cat to our household, and need help choosing the right one - shy or outgoing? [more inside]
posted by tr0ubley on Feb 24, 2013 - 14 answers

What's the best way to find kittens good homes in Northern California?

Rescued some stray kittens from the street in South America. How to find them a good home? [more inside]
posted by zug on Feb 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Finding a home for a cat in Wisconsin for disabled friend

My friend may have to go into a group home due to severe problems with self-injury and other aspects of mental health. She has a lovely older cat who she is afraid to leave behind. What should she do with her cat? [more inside]
posted by decathexis on Feb 20, 2013 - 15 answers

Dog Ownership 101

What's it like to be a first-time dog owner? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Feb 9, 2013 - 54 answers

Need a cute killing machine.

Help me find a new kitten. Difficulty: mice. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Nov 27, 2012 - 20 answers

Attraction along the way to Shelter Island NY?

Heading up to Shelter Island NY for a weekend soon from North Jersey. Leaving 6am on a Friday. I will be with my wife and toddler. Any suggestions for stops/attractions/restaurants along the way? I suspect my toddler will need a break after 2 hours on a 4+ hour drive. Also any comments on traffic and directions would be helpful! thanks!
posted by wheats on Jul 29, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me help this dog!

I found a dog recently with some friends. He ended up in the shelter because he has a chip, but the numbers associated with his chip are disconnected and he is now up for adoption. The problem? He's a 7-year-old male German Shepherd. [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Jun 6, 2012 - 40 answers

Help for someone helpless

Looking for emergency shelter for a pregnant woman first thing tomorrow morning. We're in Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Jan 9, 2012 - 21 answers

London Puppy Buying: The Pitfalls

Looking to buy/acquire a puppy in (North) London. I am worried about vaccinations etc. and have some questions about ethics of the whole thing. Can I get a puppy from a shelter? Or should I feel happy about paying for one from a 'good' home through a website? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Jan 9, 2012 - 22 answers

aerodynamic (dis)advantage of a recumbent bike roof

Is there any chance that the recumbent version of "veltop" reduces (total) drag? [more inside]
posted by Akeem on Dec 24, 2011 - 4 answers

A perfect storm of awful.

Help me decide what to do with my cat. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 - 26 answers

What happens when rehoming cats just doesn't happen?

So what do you actually do when you can't rehome your cats? Please no (more) guilt, we have been trying for six months and we are at our wits end. What happens now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 - 29 answers

Does anyone know of any great NYC programs to get gifted homeless people back on their feet?

Does anyone know of any great NYC programs to help get gifted homeless people back on their feet? I know two exceptionally AWESOME, intelligent, talented, (now) homeless people. I want to help but don't know how. I feel the need to put some energy into helping them fix this problem regularly, till it's sorted out. [more inside]
posted by StUdIoGeEk on Oct 4, 2011 - 16 answers

Please help me place my mother's senior dog

Does anyone have experience with giving up a senior dog for adoption? How does the process work? [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Aug 15, 2011 - 18 answers

Little gray cat named Oscar

Cat problem in apartment - landlord won't take action [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Aug 9, 2011 - 19 answers

Lightweight shade tent?

I need to buy a shade tent/canopy that is 1) as lightweight as possible and 2) easily erected by one person 3) who is only five feet tall. If I could, I would buy the REI Alcove Shelter, but it's out of stock. What else can you recommend?
posted by HotToddy on Jul 17, 2011 - 8 answers

Is there a good Maltese breeder in IA or Quad-Cities?

Does anyone know a good breeder for Maltese dogs in Iowa? Or even the Quad-Cities (Davenport/Bettendorf/Rock Island)? Iowa has a lot of puppy mills and I don't want anything to do with them. I'm looking for a reputable breeder that cares about health and personality. Thanks.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jan 25, 2011 - 4 answers

New shelter dog is making me bonkers. Help!

My new shelter dog is making me bonkers. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard on Dec 26, 2010 - 24 answers

Don't Pet This Kitty

Adopted cat doesn't seem to be warming up to us. We've had her for about 7 months now. She doesn't like to be petted or touched and often bites very hard if Mr. Stardust or I have to do so. Can we get her used to being touched, or should we leave her alone? Further details within. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Nov 13, 2010 - 23 answers

How can I avoid being homeless?

I'm in college, have no income and I'm pretty close to being homeless. Is there anything I can do to get more financial aid from my school (which would cover housing/food/etc)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2010 - 37 answers

Temporary dog house

What is fostering an animal like? [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead on Jan 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Homeless kittens are the saddest kittens!

We've just started fostering a kitten from a local shelter. It's not only our responsibility to socialize him, but to also try to get him adopted. Two-fold question: how do we best use our networks to spread the word without resorting to Craigslist? And since we're supposed to take pictures and videos, we need suggestions on how to make the kitten look extra cute and personable, and therefore more appealing to potential adopters who view his profile online. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Jan 6, 2010 - 23 answers

How to re-home cats in Chicago?

ChicagoFelineFilter: How to re-home cats in the Chicago area. [more inside]
posted by lholladay on Jan 4, 2010 - 7 answers

Is there a good way to "shop around" animal shelters for pet adoption?

I'm a potential dog adopter. Is there a responsible way to "shelter-shop", and if so how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Oct 3, 2009 - 23 answers

Muffins on the rocks

Where do you donate day old coffee shop pastries? [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes on Jun 24, 2009 - 17 answers

I would like to pet your cats

I'm interested in volunteering at a cat rescue organization in New York City. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by miskatonic on Jun 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Which animal shelter or rescue group should I volunteer with in Los Angeles?

Which animal shelter or rescue group should I volunteer with in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by scody on Nov 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Purebred vs. Pound Purries?

Is there a compelling argument in favor of getting a purebred cat instead of adopting a shelter kitty? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Sep 9, 2008 - 33 answers

Save this dog!

Help me help this dog. [more inside]
posted by Evangeline on Aug 19, 2008 - 22 answers

Dog "magazine" to benefit shelter--ever seen one?

I'm thinking of doing a small quarterly publication on caring for dogs (basic training, dealing with behavioral issues, fun things to do with your dog, etc.) to benefit my local animal shelter, and I'm wondering whether I'm reinventing the wheel. Have you ever seen such a thing in your area? If so, please tell me everything you know about it. Also, if you saw something like this at the cash register for $1, proceeds to benefit the shelter, would you buy it? All comments/advice welcome.
posted by HotToddy on Jul 18, 2008 - 14 answers

Loss of a dear, loved cat, and getting new cat (or 2). Non-cat people, skip this one.

Loss of a dear, loved cat, and getting new cat (or rather, 2). Non-cat people, skip this one. [more inside]
posted by neblina_matinal on Jun 11, 2008 - 21 answers

New York Animal Charity

This Christmas I would like to make a donation to a New York animal shelter or cruelty prevention group. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Dec 3, 2007 - 8 answers

NYC No Kill Shelters?

Can anybody help me find good, available, no kill shelters for a dog in the New York Area? [more inside]
posted by lips on Sep 25, 2007 - 17 answers

Should we adopt two adult littermates or two kittens?

We are adopting two cats, but can't decide whether to adopt a pair of kittens or a pair of adult littermates. Could you help us weigh which pair will be helped more if we adopt them? [more inside]
posted by Braeog on Aug 7, 2007 - 17 answers

Emotional stages of animal volunteering.

I'm looking for a blog post about four stages of animal shelter volunteers. [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine on Oct 19, 2006 - 4 answers

Are we crazy to adopt this rescue puppy?

Are we crazy to adopt a puppy? She seems quite sweet, but her mom was put down when she was but 5-6 weeks old, and was some sort of Wirehair Terrier. [more inside]
posted by freebird on Jun 6, 2006 - 20 answers

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