So you have wandered into your local animal shelter and have come across a few canines that you could see being potential companions in your life. You want to save them from their cold looking cages, but are they the right choice for you? First of all, adopting any animal from a shelter or humane society is a fantastic option! You are not only helping another living creature in need, but you are providing a comfortable, warm and loving home for them as well as you welcome them into your life and into your heart. But selecting an adoptable canine or any other animal of that sort is not for everyone. You are not only going to come across puppies and kittens that have yet to live out much life, you are going to encounter animals that may have gone through mental and/or physical abuse, as well as those going through emotional hardships, such as the death of a lifelong owner. While some dogs living within the shelter have been trained, there are some that had previous owners that did not take the dedicated time to do so. There are also some canines that are going to take a lot of time to get to a trusting level to be able to be comfortable around any kind of human being again. If you want to help a dog or any other animal in need and are up for the challenge, then it is definitely worth a shot! Here are a few tips to keep in mind when setting foot in a shelter and spotting potential canine friends.