Usually when an animal shelter gets a dog there is a time limit that they have to have it before they put it up for adoption. For the most part it depends on the laws that are in your state. Some laws are 30 days some are only a few days. There are a few things that shelters have to make sure of before they put the dog up for adoption. One thing they have to do is to check them over. Make sure that they are all ok. Then they have to test the dog to make sure there isn’t any reason they need to put the dog down. For example if a dog has heart worms or congestive heart failure or even if the dog has cancer the animal shelter will put the dog down instead of allowing a new family to go through the pain of soon losing the animal. It is very important when the animal shelter gets a dog in that they check all this stuff out. More on pet insurance here.
Another thing that an animal shelter checks for before they allow a dog to be adopted out is their temperament. If the dog has a bad temper towards people they will not risk the dog being adopted out because someone could get hurt. Maybe the dog doesn’t have a temper towards adults, but it does have a temper towards children. This dog would not be suitable for a family that has kids around. The dog would have to be adopted out to an elderly couple that doesn’t have any children around. It’s a sad thing really, but we live in a cruel world where people raise dogs to be mean. If a dog is mean you don’t want to risk someone getting severely injured. In the summer time the shelters are usually full. This means all the dogs have a shortened length of time that they can be adopted out before they are put down. Where normally a shelter says if the dog isn’t adopted out before 10 days is up then on the 10th day the dog is put down. This is very cruel, but there are many other animals that have to have a place to go to get a chance to be adopted. In some cities they have what they call no kill shelters.
This gives the dogs more chance of survival and adoption. To find one of the no kill shelters near you look in the white pages of your phone book. No kill shelters tend to be a little cleaner and the animals a little better taken care of than a regular animal shelter. If you can’t find the right dog for you at an animal shelter or a no kill shelter then try looking in your local newspaper for free dogs. This saves dogs from having to be put in an animal shelter or a no kill shelter. Most likely if the dogs don’t get given away they will end up in the animal shelter or the no kill shelter. If for some reason your dog ran away and you think that your dog would be at an animal shelter you need to call the shelter. Sometimes the animal shelter puts the dog up for adoption about four or five days after the dog is brought in. So you need to contact your local animal shelter quickly to find out if your dog is there or not. If your dog by chance has a collar or a micro chip sometimes the animal shelter will post a bulletin in the newspaper so the owner can see that it is at the shelter.