FAQs


1. Why adopt?
Choosing to adopt means everything to homeless animals who are waiting for homes. You will forever be a hero to the animal that you rescue. As a Mercer County health and welfare organization dedicated to placing homeless animals in loving homes and reducing the kill rate across the county, EASEL encourages adoptions from local shelters in the area with a wide selection of animals just waiting to be adopted.

2. What about pit bulls?
Due to our location, Mercer County shelter tend to have populations of dogs considered to be pit bulls. The term “pit bull” is used to inaccurately describe a lot of breeds. A lot of the dogs referred to as pit bull are really or bulldog or boxer mixes. True pit bulls are either American Staffordshire Terriers or Staffordshire Bull Terriers. They are very trainable dogs and can be excellent family dogs who do very well with children. Click HERE for a flyer that talks about some of the myths surrounding these wonderful dogs.

3. Have more questions? Contact us!

4. What is EASEL?
EASEL Animal Shelter League is a 501(c)(3) organization whose primary mission is to build a new non-profit, shared services shelter to benefit animals from neighboring communities. EASEL also supports local adoption efforts, provides medical care for animals, and promotes efforts that benefit animals in Mercer County.

5. How do I get involved?
EASEL welcomes new volunteers. Please visit our VOLUNTEER page to see how you can get involved in organizing, fundraising, publicity, adoption, fostering, or other exciting opportunities.

6. How do I find a new pet (or a specific breed)? 
Use our search engine to search for your dog or cat. If you do not find exactly want you are searching for on our website, come down to one of the local animal shelters. If you are looking for a specific breed, try searching on www.Petfinder.com to find breed specific rescue groups or shelters outside of Mercer County that may have what you are looking for. No matter where you go, choose adoption. With hundreds of homeless pets available to adopt we know that you find your match.

7. What is the adoption process like?
The adoption process varies from shelter to shelter and from animal to animal. Sometimes animals are in foster, which means that they are living in homes rather than a shelter. You can usually get more information on a foster animal since they are living with someone who can tell you things about their personality and habits. With shelter animals, the attendants and volunteers who handle the animal are usually the best source of information. Sometimes, the animal was surrendered by a family who provided information about the animal. In any case, there is usually a process that involves meeting the animal and spending time getting to know their personality before adopting. You fill out an application with references and it is reviewed and approved by someone in the organization that you are adopting from. The process can take anywhere from an hour to a few weeks, depending on the circumstances.

8. What breeds will I find when I go to a shelter?
Although shelters have a wide variety of breeds, you will almost always find a large selection of these breeds and breed mixes: lab, terrier, border collie, chow, shepherd and pointer. Try our EASEL pet search to get an idea of what animals are available. Keep in mind that turnover is constant at shelters and new animals are coming in every day. If you are actively looking for an animal, you should check back regularly.

9. I work full time, does that mean I can’t have an animal?
If you are not home 8 to 9 hours a day there are still many animals who will do fine in your family. We do not recommend getting puppies under 6 months of age if they will be alone for more than 3 to 4 hours at a time. Instead consider a dog older than 6 months, or a cat of any age. As long as you are able to provide 3 to 4 walks a day for a dog, and spend plenty of quality time with your pet when you are home, as well as care for its emotional, nutritional and medical needs you will make a fine pet owner. Those individuals who are not home more than 8 or 9 hours a day should consider getting a cat, or holding off on getting an animal until the situation changes.

10. I’m allergic, can I still have a pet?
Yes, although most cats will aggravate your allergies, there are several different varieties of dogs that won’t. For example, poodle and poodle mixes have hair instead of fur and so will do fine with most people who are allergic.

11. What’s DSH?
This acronym stands for Domestic Short Hair, which is the most popular type of cat to come into our and most other shelters. These are basically mix breed cats who come in all shapes and sizes.

12. Why spay or neuter your pet?
Unaltered animals are the cause of the homeless animal problem that fills shelters across the country, particularly in Mercer County. In addition to helping with overpopulation, altering your pets can have a positive impact on your pet’s health and behavior. There are a wide range of low cost solutions available for spay/neuter in our area. Every animal that EASEL places must be altered as part of the adoption process.

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