Adoptable Pets

Please visit the following sites to view our adoptable pets.


PetHarbor.com offers local and regional listings of current animal shelter residents
including lost and adoptable pets.

Pet Harbor.com link

 

Petfinder.com offers nationwide pet adoption listings and other pet resources.

Pet Finder.com link

 

Friends of Calaveras Animal Services

Friends of Animal Control logo and link

 

Local homeless pets will be listed in the Petfinder database above. Calaveras Shelter
listings are updated daily be Animal Services staff.

7 Reasons To Adopt A Senior Dog ~ From Cesar’s Way

1   Older dogs make instant companions.

Unlike a puppy, which requires leash training, etc. an older dog is ready to accompany you on a long walk and already knows how to play fetch. An adult dog will make a great workout partner, a loyal companion, and a late night snuggle buddy.

2   Older dogs are calmer and less energetic than younger dogs.

An adult dog has graduated from the puppy stage and has an established demeanor and temperament, which will give you an instant idea of how it will fit into your household. Older dogs have all their adult teeth and are out of the energetic puppy phase, which will result in less destruction to your home. Many of them do well with young children as they have a lower energy level and have possibly lived with them in their past homes.

3   You can teach an old dog new tricks.

Dogs can be trained at any age and older dogs are just as smart as younger ones. Older dogs have a greater attention span than a puppy, which make them easier to train.

4   Older dogs usually come trained and understand at least basic commands.

Most older dogs are potty-trained and have mastered the basic commands such as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “down.” Adopting an already-trained dog will save you a lot of time and energy that you’d normally have to dedicate towards training a young dog.

5   Older dogs are not necessarily “problem dogs” as many tend to think.

Senior dogs lose their homes for a variety of reasons, usually having nothing to do with their behavior or temperament, but more due to the fact that their owners are unable to keep them for reasons including: the novelty of owning a dog wearing off, allergies, death of a guardian, a new baby, loss of a job, a move, change in work schedule, and various other lifestyle changes. These dogs need homes just as badly as young adoptees do, and make wonderful household pets.

6   Adopting an older dog may save its life.

Many people are quick to adopt puppies and younger dogs, often overlooking dogs over the age of five. Shelters are overcrowded and unfortunately, older dogs are among the first to be euthanized if they aren’t adopted in a timely manner. By adopting a senior dog, you are not only providing it with a better life but are also saving it from being put down.

7   Senior dogs at shelters need homes just as badly as younger dogs.

Many older dogs were once owned and loved by someone. For whatever reason, they were given up and abandoned in a shelter and are in need of a home. Just like puppies and younger adoptable dogs, they make loyal and loving companions.

According to most veterinarians, a dog falls into the “senior” category around age seven. The size of a dog, however, affects this categorization. Smaller dogs mature slower and become seniors later in life than larger dogs. Animal shelters are filled with healthy and active senior dogs that are in need of a home.  When you’re thinking about adopting a dog from your local shelter, don’t look past the older dogs. They make great pets for a number of reasons.

10 Reasons to Adopt an Adult Cat ~ Adapted from MEOW Cat Rescue

1   What you see is what you get.

Adult cats already know who they are. Kittens are undeniably cute, but you never know what the future holds, how large they may get, what their personality will ultimately be, etc. An adorable little kitten will be an adult in the blink of an eye.

2   Adult cats aren't as "chewsy."

Kittens have a tendency to chew things, lots of things. Whether teething or just exploring bits of the world around them, kittens chew on shoes, the corners of books, ear lobes and fingers, carpet tassels, electrical cords, drapery strings, plants, and much, much more. Most adult cats don't chew inappropriately at all.

3   If you have an older cat in your home and are looking for a friend for him or her, another adult cat may be the best choice.

Kittens can be too playful and may upset your cat instead of providing companionship. A kitten may cause your resident cat to be more annoyed than amused.

4   After a long day at work, you may just want to come home and curl up with your furry friend.

Most kittens prefer an action-packed evening--lots of touseling, frolicking, and plenty of running and jumping. An adult cat will greet you at the door and be more than happy to curl up and watch your favorite shows on TV. They've already learned about the unconditional love thing.

5   Adult cats may sleep at the foot of your bed, under the bed or in a cozy spot somewhere else in the house.

While a kitten will most likely run around all night, doing anything possible to wake you up for more games. Adult cats are generally happy to sleep when you do and don't try to attack your toes through the blankets in the middle of the night.

6   Adult cats are calmer.

Unlike kittens, they won't be climbing up your leg or your curtains, they won't be swinging from your chandeliers, knocking down knick-knacks or just running full speed ahead for no good reason.

7   Adult cats are usually a better choice for families with small children.

Kittens often play rough and are constantly underfoot. They're sharp--they can't help it, but kittens are all teeth and claws. Generally speaking, adult cats are more mellow, and often more patient with young children. The experience should be a good one for both the cat and the child. Ask to meet the shelter's best "kid cats."

8   Adult cats require less attention and supervision.

They're quiet companions. They have well-developed manners, use the litter box and the scratching post without constant reminders.

9   Many adult cats end up in shelters due to no fault of their own.

Separated from their loved ones, surrounded by other cats, confined, confused, and sometimes frightened, many are emotionally devastated by their misfortune. Sadly, most people gravitate toward the cute, bouncy, big-eyed kittens. Older cats sit by and watch, as one loving family after another passes them over for a cute kitten. Adopting an adult cat is a way to say to a deserving animal "I believe in you."

10   For the abandoned, forgotten, and heartbroken adult cats, you just might be their last chance to have the love and warmth of a home where they can live out their years in comfort.

When properly cared for, cats often live well into their late teens or longer. Typically, they will remain active and even playful throughout most of their lives. Once a cat adjusts to a new home where they can feel safe and secure again, they'll offer years of faithful companionship and unconditional love.