I have a history of adopting stray and shelter cats and dogs my entire life. In fact, so far I have had six cats and two dogs. In my experience, shelter animals are so appreciative of the time and love that you give them. Each comes with their own personality and baggage.
A little over a year ago, we had two visitors at my house. These guys would just watch from afar as the family came and went. As the weeks went by, the smallest of the two began to creep closer and closer. We decided to feed these two stray cats (actually feral). They have since become ours. The three cats often will sleep with their older “brother” dog to keep him company.
I love to read stories about the experiences of others. I am always looking for that book to help me and my companions’ experience to be more positive.
The library has a variety of books to help with both of these needs.
Here are some stories about shelter animals:
Try some of these books for a better experience for you and your adopted companion:
The adopted dog bible by Kim Sanders
Cat culture: the social world of a shelter cat by Janet M. Agler
When your pet outlives you: protecting animal companions after you die by David Congalton