Homeward Bound City Pound is contracted by Halifax Regional Municipality in Halifax, Nova Scotia to provide shelter for dogs that are in violation of the HRM by-law A-300 and critically injured cats that have been picked up by Animal Services.
But the focus isn’t on population control, as it is at some pounds, it’s on rehoming. Homeward Bound City Pound is proud to be a no-kill facility.
If you are searching for the companion animal who will make your home complete, check out the dogs and cats up for adoption at Homeward Bound City Pound. You can find all the animals who are ready and waiting for loving homes up on the pound’s website at: www.citypound.ca
Visit Homeward Bound City Pound during their adoption viewing hours and see if they have a pet available that you may be interested in. After you find a suitable pet you will be required to fill out an adoption application, either online or in person. Pre-approved applications can help to speed up the adoption process – so if you know that you’re ready to adopt, you can fill an application out at any time so that you’re ready once you find your perfect companion!
You can visit them at:
201 Brownlow Ave. #9
Burnside Industrial Park
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1W2
But first, make sure that you are ready to adopt. Check out the points below before you make that important decision.
Are you ready to adopt?
In order to make a sound decision about bringing a pet into your life, you really need to be honest with yourself and consider if you are prepared to deal with the following items:
- Do you have enough time for a pet in your life? Do you have too many other commitments that might prevent you from having a pet and looking after it properly? You need to allow for the time to exercise, train, and care for your pet on a daily basis.
- Are you a fussy housekeeper? Pets can be messy at times, and most cats and dogs shed so you will have to get used to vacuuming your home regularly and invest in a lint brush for your clothing.
- Cats and dogs require regular grooming to maintain a healthy skin and coat which is essential to good health. With some breeds you will need to pay a professional groomer to do the job.
- Pets require veterinary care on an annual basis and sometimes more often if they have special health concerns or have a medical emergency. These visits can be costly if you don’t have pet health insurance. A good rule of thumb is to have an emergency fund available at all times just in case.
- Without proper training your pet can develop behavioural issues that could create stress in the household if steps are not taken to alleviate the issues. Obedience classes, socialization and plenty of exercise are key to maintaining a healthy happy dog. Cats, contrary to popular belief, thrive best with regular human contact and it’s important to keep their litter box clean and provide fresh water, food and attention every day.
- Is your household chaotic? Pets thrive on routine. How will you maintain this routine when you already have so much going on? If you are stressed, your pet will also be stressed.
- If you’re looking for a dog and base your adoption choice solely on the breed or looks, you could be setting yourself and the dog up for failure, unless you understand the dog’s energy level and the characteristics of the breed. If you’re not active, don’t get an active dog.
- High quality premium pet foods have been scientifically formulated with plenty of research into providing the best nutrition for your pets and they are an excellent choice for maintaining good health. While some of the cheaper brands are appealing price-wise, they will not contain the highest quality of ingredients and the research and quality control may not exist. You may actually have to feed more of the low cost product to achieve the same caloric intake but still not get adequate nutrition. The end result is that the premium food ends up being the best choice health-wise and financially.
- Your pet will require a place of their own that they can retreat to, if they choose, along with a few toys that they can safely amuse themselves with. Cats enjoy cat condo scratching posts, carpeted shelves along window sills, a comfy cat bed and catnip filled toys. Dogs will lie on cushioned beds and some prefer the den like appeal of a dog crate or plastic kennel.
- City ordinances require that dogs be licensed annually and that you adhere to the bylaws.
If you can honestly say that you are committed to taking pet ownership seriously and have the time to invest in a new furry friend, that’s fantastic! There are a multitude of homeless pets waiting for their forever homes in shelters, pounds and animal rescue organizations across the country.
We hope you stop in for a visit at Homeward Bound City Pound to see the pets available for adoption. You may just find the pet of your dreams!