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Just because this question came up...how do shelter people feel about visitors coming by just to play with a puppy/dog? Well, we frown on it. For several reasons. First of all, the dogs are in a stressful situation with lots of strangers coming around to walk them, feed them, visit them, show them, and, most importantly, shed germs on them. Once a dog goes to the Kennel Cough room, it's hard to show him. Same for cats. It's a tough environment without adding more strangers to the mix. If you really want to play with our dogs, consider becoming a volunteer. Go through the short training sessions that will teach you the same routines that all other people use with the dogs. And the proper hygiene routines to keep the dogs healthy.
Secondly, we are very, very busy. We want to show our dogs and cats to people who are ready to adopt them. There are often people waiting to see animals for a long time because we adoption counselors are busy showing the animals to people who turn out to be not serious about adopting. If you just want to play with the animals, please volunteer!
Now, if you are trying to find the right dog for you, and are checking out different breeds and different individual dogs and cats, by all means, come on in! We want you to find the right companion for your family, and will help you do so. Just remember the shelter is not a petting zoo.