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Transition to Home 

Getting your new family member to adapt to his or her new home can be one of the biggest challenges for both the new owner and the dog. Please review the following Transition to Home form, to help you and your family adjust to having someone new in the house. We strive to find wonderful homes for our dogs but also want to keep both the people and dogs safe. You can also find additional resources to help create a smooth adoption transition below.

Pet Finder: First 30 Days

Dog Adoption Checklist

Spruce Pets: Training a Shelter Dog

Obedience Training (Some offer discounts for dogs adopted from shelters) 

  1. Oak Shadows Kennels Plus 
  2. Petco 
  3. Pet Smart 


We send all of our adopters out with a microchip through 24 Pet Watch. As of 2018 24 Pet Watch has made their chips a free lifetime registration.  You can also register your chip for free at the below registration site.

  1. Free Pet Chip Registry 


Please keep in mind that if you adopted your furry friend then it is probably best to have a professional groom him or her for the first time.  Once you get to know them a little better it may be safe and acceptable to groom yourself.

  1. Patty’s Pampered Paws  Phone: (330) 674-7297     Address: 5101 Township Road 305 Millersburg, Ohio 44654
  2. Loving Touch Grooming Phone: (330) 473-8830   Address: 145 East Front Street
    Killbuck, Ohio 44637
  3. Red Ruff Ruff Inn            Phone: (330) 893-2057    Address: 5503 County Road 120 Berlin, Ohio 44610
  4. Petco                                  Phone:  (330) 345-2085    Address: 3790 Burbank Road Wooster, Ohio 44691
  5. Pet Smart                          Phone:  (330) 234-5467     Address: 3749 Burbank Road Wooster, Ohio 44691


At the shelter your new dog did not receive a special brand or type of food, unless they showed symptoms of a possible food allergy or the food they were receiving was not agreeing with their stomachs. All our food is donated from Wal-Mart and other local stores. When we receive the food it is all mixed together.  When you adopt a dog, you will be informed of any special food requirements.

Food Allergy: Try to find a grain free food that your dog will like.  There are plenty of grain free foods available.

Regular Food: If your dog does not eat the food you purchased don’t worry. Some dogs are like some humans..just picky eaters. Please be sure to read the serving sizes relating to your dog so that he or she can maintain a healthy weight. Although giving your dog an endless bowl of food sounds like the best thing to do, it has been proven to be unhealthy.

House Training

As much as we would like to tell you that your new family member is house trained the reality is that they are probably not. However dogs are very intelligent and can learn much later in life if they need to. Below are some links that you may find helpful in the training process! Good luck and don’t give up!

  1. HSUS: Puppy Training 
  2. AKC: Senior Dog Training 
  3. Pet Finder: House Training 
  4. Dog Time: House Training 

Senior Care

Unfortunately senior dogs make there way into the shelter and just like the others they get a chance at a better life. Senior dogs may require special care and need to have an adopter that can respect the dogs age and health. Many times senior dogs make the best pets. If you adopted a senior dog the links below are designed to help you provide the best home possible for that dog.

  1. AVMA: Senior Pet Care FAQ 
  2. AKC: Senior Dogs Caring & Tips 
  3. Petfinder: Five Things You Need to Know