Meigs County Animal Shelter Dog of the Week

By Lorna Hart -

Puppies, puppies and more puppies at the Meigs County Animal Shelter.

Puppies, puppies and more puppies at the Meigs County Animal Shelter.

POMEROY — The Meigs County Dog Shelter has puppies ready for adoption to a forever home.

These eight-week-old collie/sheep dog mix each have their own personality. If you have decided to get a puppy, one of these is sure to fit into your family — and your lap. They are fluffy, well taken care of pups and are part of the puppy program; the adoption fee is $100, and includes first dhpp vaccine, rabies, spay/neuter and license.

Before you get that new puppy, here are some tips from Once household discussions have established that everyone wants to get the pup from a shelter, family meetings should cover scheduling of who will take the pup to the papers or backyard and when? Who will be in charge of feedings three to four times a day? Who will make veterinary appointments for vaccinations and deworming?

Also, it is recommended that you take time to create a vocabulary list everyone will use. If Mom says “down” when the puppy climbs on the couch, Dad says “down” when he wants him to lie down, and Junior utters “sit down” when he expects the pup’s rear to hit the floor, the result will be one confused dog. Decide which words will be used to communicate you wishes and be consistent.

Putting the schedule and vocabulary list in writing prevents confusion and will help everyone involved in raising this new addition to the family.

Next, draft a shopping list and purchase supplies, including food and water bowls, chew toys, grooming supplies, bedding, collar and leash, identification tag, crate, chew-proof gate and odor neutralizer.

It is important to puppy-proof the area where the youngster will spend most of his time the first few months. This may mean taping loose electrical cords to baseboards, storing household chemicals on high shelves, removing plants, rugs, and breakables from puppy’s reach, setting up the crate and installing chew proof gates. Once you think you’ve completely puppy-proofed, lie on the floor and look around once more to get a puppy’s-eye view.

If you have children, getting a puppy is a very exciting event in their lives. It is advisable to hold one last meeting and remind them to not overwhelm Pup the first day and that Pup is not a toy. As the children not fight over him or create mob scenes showing him to the neighborhood. Let Pup get acclimated to his new surroundings before you introduce him to the world.

Remember, Pup is a baby, going to a forever home. You will have this friend for awhile and it is best to establish rules and training immediately so he will know what to expect. And of coarse, he will need all the love you can give him as he grows and thrives in his new home.

The Meigs County Animal Shelter is located at 41790 Fairgrounds Rd. in Pomeroy. It is best to call and leave a message at 740-992-3779 before heading out to the Shelter. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551

Puppies, puppies and more puppies at the Meigs County Animal Shelter., puppies and more puppies at the Meigs County Animal Shelter.

By Lorna Hart