How to Adopt the Right Dog in Ohio for You and Your Family

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — When families decide to adopt a dog from the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center, they often already know exactly what type of dog they want to adopt.

There are times when people want a certain spotting pattern or even unique markings because it makes the dog different from others. Whether you want to adopt a dog, the shelter encourages you to simply introduce yourself and find your lifelong friend. Whether the dog is big, small, old or young, the shelter staff is sure there is one that is right for your family.

“If you know what dog you want, I recommend going to our website and looking at the dog personalities and attributes,” assistant manager Dwayne Young said. “Maybe have a list of four to five dogs that interest you.”

You are welcome whether you are completely organized with a plan or want to take a journey to find the right dog. When you arrive, an adoption counselor will assist you and even make suggestions based on your lifestyle.

The FCDS website has hundreds of furry friends ready to be searched. Many have a biography that explains what activities the dog enjoys, whether it knows commands, and how it performs in social settings.

Of course, you can scroll through the images on the page and just choose how cute the dog is.

Bella, a 4.9 year old mestizo cuddles during a night away from the shelter. (Photo courtesy of FCDS)

Last name: bella
Age: 4.9 years
raise: Pit Bull (Mixture)
adult size: Big
lester: 64 pounds
Sex: Female (sterilized)
Adoption amount: $18

Good with kids 12+
Shelter Favorite
shy dog has profiled dozens of dogs since March online and on TV. An example is Bella, pictured here. Her biography explains that she loves and just wants to be next to him. What sets her profile apart are the photos of her lounging and cuddling with someone during a recent home visit.

Things to note about Bella are that she is clean, crate trained and good with children 12 and up. Is Bella the right dog for you? The only way to find out is to spend some time with this mixed-breed 5-year-old.

The refuge offers a number of outdoor play areas, a walking path and a sensory garden for you to see how she behaves in various scenarios. The next step would be to give it a try at home.

“We’ll help guide you through the process,” Young said.

During the week of the Clear the Shelters event, the shelter offers a “pajama weekend”. That’s when a dog can be brought home for the weekend, and it started on Thursday.

All slumber party supplies will be provided. You provide your guest with a comfortable place to rest their head and lots of love while letting the shelter provide the rest.

If you fall in love with your guest, most adoptions can be finalized over the phone at a later date (waived adoption fees will still apply). Hosts must be able to pick up and drop off their guest within the specified dates/times. This event is not limited to residents of Franklin County.

Clear Shelter Events Calendar

Friday – ALL fees waived*
(Open only for lost dog claims.)

SLEEPOVER Saturday – ALL fees waived*
(Open only for SLEEPING and picking up lost dogs.)

SLEEP Sunday – ALL fees waived*
(Open only for SLEEPING and picking up lost dogs.)

(Open for lost dog claims only. No adoptions)

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