If you are looking to adopt a puppy from the Auglaize County Humane Society in the days following Christmas, you won’t have any luck.
Deb Logan, animal caretaker at the humane society in Wapakoneta, said that all nine puppies that were housed there were adopted on Dec. 21, and were given as gifts from parents to their children.
Logan said that, in general, animal adoption was up 50 percent this Christmas, but puppies were what most people were looking to adopt.
“I think parents prefer to give puppies as gifts because the kids tend to want them more than grown dogs or other animals,” she said. “They see puppies on T.V. with bows on their heads and things like that, and it makes them want to get one.”
Grown dogs seldom go as Christmas gifts because people want to “start from scratch” when it comes to owning a pet, Logan said, although there are occasions when people don’t find the puppy they are looking for and end up choosing an older dog.
For those that are still looking to adopt, Logan said that there is an application process that takes about 30 minutes.
Potential pet owners are able to get acquainted with the animal, and then caretakers ask questions to determine if the person looking to adopt could provide a good home.
“We want to make sure that they have a good vet reference,” Logan said. “We want to know if the previous pets they’ve had have been taken good care of, in the hopes that future pets will be taken care of as well.”
Logan said the vast majority of people looking to adopt are approved, and that only about one out of fifty pets are sent back due to owners not being able to take care of the animal.
If a potential owner is looking for a certain breed, Logan recommends doing research beforehand because different breeds have different personalities.
When it comes to deciding where to find the right pet, some people choose the humane society because they want to rescue an animal, as opposed to purchasing one from a store.
“We would much rather adopt a pet, as opposed to spending like $700 on one,” said Lynn Nagel, who adopted a dog from the humane society on Friday.
“There are so many animals out there that need good homes, so I just think it’s better to adopt.”