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AWA Dog Adoption Application – Forever Finders


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[vc_empty_space height=”22px”][vc_column_text]We will review this pet’s medical and behavior history at time of counseling.  Please check any additional topics you’d like to discuss:

  • Feeding this pet
  • Housetraining/Litterbox training
  • Grooming/Nail trimming
  • Exercise, toys and fun activities
  • Puppy/Kitten-proofing your home
  • Finding a trainer
  • Positive reinforcement training
  • Finding a veterinarian
  • Declawing
  •  Introducing this pet to other pets
  • Crate-training
  • Pulling on-leash
  • Moving with pets
  • Flea/tick prevention (can be purchased at time of adoption)
  • Heartworm prevention (can be purchased at time of adoption)

The AWA offers a variety of extra services and opportunities.  Please check any that you are interested in learning more about:

  • Purchase a collar, leash, ID tag and/or carrier for your new or current pet(s).
  • Information about our low-cost vaccination clinic for any current pets.
  • Information about volunteering with us.
  • Information about our free drop-in behavior consultations.
  • Information about or low-cost spay and neuter services, and our other veterinary services.
  • Information about fostering with us.
  • Information about our upcoming Well Mannered Dog training classes.
  • Information about supporting us with financial or in-kind donations.
  • Information about our Kids Summer Camp for ages 9 to 12.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”22px”][vc_column_text]Getting Started Dogs                      

Call the AWA Behavior Team at (856)424-2288 ext. 114 or visit for more advice & information.

Congratulations, you have made the wonderful decision to adopt a DOG! We hope that you and your new dog will bond and have a long lasting relationship.

If you haven’t already, you will need to prepare your home for the arrival of your new canine pal. To be happy and healthy, your dog will need the following:

  • Constant access to bowl of fresh, clean drinking water
  • A nutritionally balanced diet
  • A safe place to eliminate outside
  • Daily exercise and enrichment
  • Medical care


Choosing the Right Food

The key to choosing the right food is to know how to read the label. The most expensive food isn’t always the best, but a store-brand is certainly not as good as an all-natural brand either.

The following is a list of ingredients to look for when purchasing dog food:

  • Specifically named meat protein sources, such as chicken, turkey, lamb, beef, etc. There is often confusion as to whether whole meat, such as ‘chicken’, is better than meal, and vice versa. The difference is that whole meat can be up to 70% moisture, where meal has had all the moisture removed before being processed into kibble. This means that a pound of ‘chicken meal’ is made of more meat than a pound of ‘chicken’, because up to 70% of the weight of the chicken can be water weight. The food with ‘chicken meal’ would be preferred because of meat content.
  • ‘Good carbs’, such as rice, oatmeal, millet, amaranth, and potatoes (not potato product) or sweet potatoes.
  • Specifically named fat sources,  and preferably animal fats such as ‘chicken fat’. Dogs are able to utilize animal fats better than vegetable oils, but sunflower, canola, and flaxseed oils are okay.
  • Generally, you can get a good idea of what a food is primarily made up of by looking at all of the ingredients listed before the first named fat or oil.

The following is a list of ingredients that you should try to avoid when purchasing dog food:

  • By-products. By-products are what is left over after the processing plants remove what meat is fit for human consumption. By-products can contain anything from chicken heads and feet, to cow hooves and horns, fur, feathers, blood, skin, bones. By-products can also include innards such as intestines and other organs that we do not eat.
  • Corn in any form, including “ground yellow corn”, “corn meal”, and “corn gluten meal”. Corn is what is known as a ‘filler’, and it serves one primary purpose in pet food – to make the animal feel full. Corn does contain protein; unfortunately, dogs cannot digest corn and utilize the protein it contains, it simply passes right through the digestive system.
  • ‘Generic’, unidentified ingredients like “animal fat”, “animal digest”, and “meat meal” or “poultry meal” – you have no idea what these could contain. Instead, you want to look for things that are more specific, like “chicken fat” and “Chicken meal”, that way you know exactly what is in the food.
  • Soy, in any form. Soy is another filler, like corn. It’s used as a protein source as well, but again, dogs are unable to utilize these proteins, and some dogs are allergic to it.
  • Added colors or flavorings. If a food contains sufficient, high quality meat, there really is no need to add extra flavorings to it. Coloring is added for our benefit, to make the little meat-shaped pieces look more like meat, and the veggie-shaped pieces look more like veggies. Dogs don’t care, and many of these colorings can be harmful when ingested over an extended period of time.

Visit to see how your food choice measures up.


To Crate or Not to Crate?

Crate training your dog may take some time and effort, but can be useful in a variety of situations. If you have a new dog or puppy, you can use the crate to limit his access to the house until he learns all the house rules, such as what he can and cannot chew AND where it is and is not appropriate to go to the bathroom.


Our recommendation

We recommend crate training for MOST adopted dogs; this ensures that the dog is secure (and your possessions are safe) while you are unable to supervise.

Selecting a crate

Crates may be plastic or collapsible, metal pens. Crates come in different sizes and shapes and can be purchased at most pet supply stores. You dog’s crate should be large enough for him to stand up and turn around in.


Not All Dog Toys Are Created Equal

Choosing toys for your dog may seem like a simple task, but with the countless number of products available today, you may be easily overwhelmed!

Toys are not just entertainment for your dog; they provide an outlet for energy, keep her occupied when you aren’t around, and aid in her understanding of social behavior.A few of our favorites are:

  • Kongs
  • Kong Wubbas
  • Nyla-bones
  • Buster Cubes
  • (Busy Buddy) Bouncy Bone
  • Tirebiter


Leash, Collar, ID Tags, Oh My!

In order to pick up your new furry friend we REQUIRE that your pet leave our shelter with a leash, collar and ID tag. All of these items can be purchased at the time of adoption from our Front Desk, or you are welcome to purchase these items ahead of time.

Leashes should either be 4 foot or 6 foot in length. NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES, PLEASE! Four foot leashes are recommended for larger dogs, while six foot leashes are more suitable for more petite dogs and puppies.

Collars must be of the flat-buckle or martingale variety. (Unless otherwise noted by a staff member.) NO SNAP COLLARS. Martingale collars are recommended for most dogs; they not only are secure but are a great tool in loose-leash training.


Choosing a Vet

We ask that you schedule a wellness visit with a veterinarian within the first 14 days following adoption. All dogs need regular medical care. They need a family doctor just like us – one we trust to oversee their general health. Routine visits allow your veterinarian to see changes through examinations, blood tests, and x-rays.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]