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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where is AAL located?
AAL was founded and incorporated in New York. Some of our dogs are fostered in experienced rescue homes, while others are housed at Oden Creek Ranch in Arkansas.
Q: Do dogs from the ranch do okay in the city? Even in Manhattan?
Yes! We have placed many dogs in Manhattan and the metro-NYC area over the years. Most dogs adjust well to city life and are able to transition fairly quickly.
Q: Do I get to see my dog in person before adopting?
No. We work through a unique matchmaking process. Please see more about the adoption process for details.
Q: How do I pick up my dog?
Our wonderful pet transport company has a dog truck that will make a stop near you. We will work with you to arrange the details.
Q: What if I'm not happy with my dog?
In the rare event that you are unhappy with your dog, we will work with you to return the dog to AAL.
Q: Can I change my dog's name after adopting her?
Absolutely! A new name makes sense for a fresh start. Teach your dog that responding to her new name gets her treats, and she'll warm up to it quickly.
Q: Should I get a dog crate?
Yes! You and your dog will be happier for it, especially during your first couple of months together. A crate helps your dog feel safe and secure, and it gives you the peace of mind that he won't get into trouble while you're away.
Q: What should I bring when I pick up my dog?
When you first go to get your new dog, you should bring the following: a leash; a pocket full of treats; water; and, if you wish, an old piece of Tupperware with a tight lid for a portable water bowl. You might also want to bring a digital camera to capture your dog's arrival!
Q: Do you recommend obedience training or dog classes?
Yes! This is a great way to bond with your new dog and to teach him some basic manners.
Q: Should I plan on staying home the first weekend with my dog?
Yes and no. You should certainly plan on generally being around. But new owners often make the mistake of spending every minute with the new dog at first, only to disappear on Monday for a full day of work. Use your first weekend together to teach your dog to be comfortable with your comings and goings. Start by leaving for just a second, and then build up slowly to a few hours. A crate is helpful during this stage.
Q: Are there any websites or resources you recommend?
Yes! Click here for a great website with tips on bringing your new dog home. And check out our list of helpful books and websites in our Resources section.

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