1) When you adopt an animal, you're making a lifetime commitment! Dogs routinely live to be 12 to 15 years old, and cats can live
from 15 to 20 years or even more! In the shelter community, we see the heartbreak, confusion, and lonliness suffered by innocent
abandoned and abused pets. THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE you adopt!
2) Having a pet is not only a commitment of time and emotional bonding. The reality is, PETS COST MONEY! Don't take on the
responsibility for an animal's welfare unless you have the resources (now and years from now!), to house, feed, and provide
regular Veterinary care for your pet. Remember, your pet is TOTALLY DEPENDENT on YOU for everything it needs.
Be there for your pet!
3) Cute little puppies grow up to be big, sometimes even massive dogs, and helpless little kittens grow up to be big cats. Enough said?
4) Cats, of course, will use a "litter box" with little or no training. Dogs, on the other hand, need to be trained consistently over time,
and there will be accidents, you can count on it! Your new Dog will need to be walked 3 to 4 times each day, rain or shine,
Summer or Winter. Most Dog owners find the time relaxing and rewarding, but it HAS to be done, no matter what!
If you don't have the patience, or can't stand extreme weather, consider a Cat instead of a Dog.
5) If you are renting, ALWAYS check your lease, and inform your Landlord, BEFORE bringing a new pet into your home or apartment!
Most reputable shelters and rescues insist on written documentation anyway, but don't wait for the adoption counselor to ask.
Make sure your dream of pet ownership doesn't end in a nightmare of abandonment for an innocent Dog or Cat.
If you're honestly able to say that you've considered all of these 5 issues, and you're still willing and able to welcome a new canine
or feline companion to your family, then it's time to take the next step! Contact us with your questions, or click-on the link to the
Lake Shore Animal Shelter site on Petfinder.com. You'll find it at the top of this page.
We wish you and your "soon-to-be" new pet many years of love and laughter!
We'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to "Trooper," our current "Rescuer's Choice!" (sorry for a blurry photo).Trooper is a mild-mannered senior, in remarkably good health. He currently lives in a Lake Shore Foster Home on Chicago's north side with Mike and Lisa, 2 longtime LSAS volunteers. He gets along great with 5 other dogs, loves to spend time in the backyard (when the weather's a little better!), and enjoys snuggling with his Foster Mom and Dad. He's fully vetted, housebroken, and is just the nicest dog ever. He'd be great for someone wanting a relaxed canine companion, easy to handle and care for, but still lots of fun! For more information, email us on the "Contacts" page, or you can just call Mike and Lisa direct at (773) 276-4339. Thanks!