For any pet parent considering adoption, there are a lot of things to keep in mind as they explore what such a trip could be like.
Several misconceptions exist about adopting a pet from an animal shelter, says Ruth Thompson, founder and director of ANNA Shelter, 1555 E. 10th St., Erie.
One of those myths is that shelters only house elderly and sick pets, which Thompson pointed out is not the case because they also have puppies.
Another is that purebred animals can only be found through a breeder and shelters only house mixed breeds.
“There are a lot of misconceptions,” Thompson said. “I mean, you can get a purebred dog from a shelter. “
She went on to say that there are many steps to matching a pet with the right family.
“We just do our best to assess each animal individually and place it in a house where it is suitable,” said Thompson.
To this end, the shelter does not accept general inquiries. Instead, potential pet parents should apply to adopt a specific animal. If that animal is found to be unsuitable, shelter staff will work with the family to find the right animal for them.
“We have to feel like it’s a good fit all around,” Thompson said.
There are certain prerequisites for adopting a pet, Thompson explained. The first is that tenants have the green light from their landlord.
“We always want to make sure you have the owner’s permission if you don’t own your home,” she said.
In addition, the whole family must agree that this is what they want to do.
“We have to have everyone in the family on board,” said Thompson.
Next, applicants must be able to justify income.
“The adoption fees are just the start,” Thompson said. “There are definitely a lot of bills that come with owning a pet.”
She went on to say that the ANNA shelter adoption fees range from $ 25 to $ 75 for cats and $ 100 to $ 350 for dogs.
The last prerequisite that Thompson mentioned was that other pets already in the house must be fully vetted and up to date with their snapshots. They must also be sterilized or sterilized.
“I don’t know of a shelter that doesn’t require this,” said Thompson, adding that the shelter takes care of spaying or neutering its animals before placing them with families.
Yet the process does not necessarily end once a decision is made. Thompson said the shelter has resources for new pet parents, including training, vet and grooming services available to all animals in the shelter, even after they’ve been taken in.
“It’s not like, good luck, see you later,” Thompson said. “We’re here to help you through the process. It’s an adjustment for both the person and the animal. We always care about what happens next.”
As of availability, there are currently about 53 dogs and 96 cats for adoption at the shelter, according to Thompson.
The ANNA Shelter is a 501 (c) 3 no kill animal welfare organization. Her Corry veterinary clinic, called the ANNA Wellness Center, is located at 13199 Route 6.