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Adoption Q&As

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Below are Q&As on adoption that relate to cats or dogs. Not what you're looking for? Use the form below to change your criteria, or submit your question to one of our experts.

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Are there hypoallergenic dogs?
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Hi. I love dogs, but am allergic. Are any of your dogs hypoallergenic?

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Many dogs are marketed as hypoallergenic but, there are no dogs that are completely free of allergen causing dander. Many people think that pet allergies are caused by dog or cat fur, but the source of the allergy is usually a protein that is found in the salvia of dogs and cats. When they lick themselves, the protein attaches to the dry skin or dander that can cause the allergic reaction. There are some non-shedding dogs that do not release allergy causing dander in the air or on inanimate objects. A good rule of thumb is that if the dog requires a haircut, it is not a shedder and there should be fewer allergic reactions. I do have a few suggestions to help you determine whether or not getting a dog is the right choice for you.

  • Make sure you check with your doctor before bringing a new dog home
  • Spend a couple of hours with the dog to gauge the reaction you have before you bring him or her home permanently
  • Consider dog sitting for a friend for a few days
  • Choose a smaller dog with hair, which will shed less of the allergy producing dander than a larger dog
  • Give the dog a bath monthly and use some of the commercial conditioning products that help to reduce the dander
  • Carpet-free floor is the easiest to clean, but if you have carpeting, vacuum and shampoo it regularly

Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Joanne Yohannan
What breeds will I find when I visit the shelter?
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What breeds will I find when I visit the shelter?

A:

Although we have a wide variety of breeds, you will almost always find a large selection of mixed-breed animals – pets we call Mutt-i-grees®. Our large selection of Mutt-i-grees® come in a great variety of sizes, shapes and colors, and our counselors will help you find your perfect match.

Since the Animal League does a large number of Puppy Mill Rescues, we often have a selection of purebred dogs too. 


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Joanne Yohannan
What is the Adoption Process Like?
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What is the Adoption Process Like?

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When you visit North Shore Animal League America’s adoption center, an Adoption Counselor will help you determine the type of animal that will best fit your lifestyle.  They will introduce you to the animals you are interested in.  The meet and greet will give you the opportunity to bond with your potential companion.  You will have plenty of time to play and interact with your new friend in our family-friendly areas designated for that purpose. When you decide to adopt an animal, the counselor will walk you through the process and help you complete the application.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Joanne Yohannan
Are Shelter Pets Healthy?
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Are dogs and cats in shelters healthy?

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At the Animal League, we carefully screen animals for serious health and behavior issues.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Joanne Yohannan
Is it Difficult to Adopt?
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Is it difficult to adopt from the shelter?

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Every shelter has its own policies for approving adoptions. Our adoption screening process is designed to ensure that each animal is placed with a responsible person, one that's prepared to make a lifelong commitment.  An important part of the adoption process is to match the life-style and needs of the adopter with the individual dog or cat being considered. If the screening process occasionally seems overly strict, please try to remember that our first priority is to consider every animal's best interests.


Submitted by Curious in NYC
Answered by Joanne Yohannan

 

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