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Located in the farming community of Elkton, Thumb Animal Shelter is a dog-only shelter run by the husband and wife team, Ron and Deen Forster. They've been passionate about man's best friend since they were in high school and successfully turned this passion into life-long careers.
In 1996, they were approached by Huron County to privatize their local shelter, an opportunity they couldn't refuse.
With their combined experience in the training of obedience and protection dogs, they offer the abandoned and homeless dogs in their shelter expert behavioral analysis and therapy. Their approach corrects behavioral issues and offers their dogs the best chance of finding a forever home.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
As a small, family owned and operated dog shelter, Thumb Animal Shelter regularly collaborates with other shelters and rescues in nearby counties to find homes for their well-trained pooches.
If you're a local resident, visit the shelter and meet the dogs waiting to go to a loving home where they can truly shine. You can print and complete their adoption form and bring it with you to meet Rob, Deen, and all the gorgeous dogs waiting for someone with a golden heart to give them a chance.
In accordance with Michigan law, you're required to sterilize your dog within 4 weeks of adopting the lucky guy (or girl) and provide the shelter with a certificate confirming the procedure was completed. This applies to all dogs that are older than 6 months.
While Rob and Deen don't specify adoption fees on their website, you can pop in to the shelter and discuss bringing your new best friend home.
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.