October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, so I wanted to share a few tips on picking the right pup for you and your family.
But first, why adopt from a shelter?
- You’ll give a good dog a second chance. There are lots of reasons animals end up in shelters: a new baby in the family, financial hardships, or moving, to name a few.
- Expert advice. The people at PAWS are very knowledgeable and take time to get to know the animals in order to help you find your perfect match.
- It’s a very good deal. You receive so much with your adoption fee at PAWS: spay or neuter surgery, initial vaccinations, a microchip and a free visit with a local veterinarian (not to mention a new best friend).
To consider before making a commitment
- Your lifestyle and expectations. Do you need a dog who enjoys adventurous hikes, or one who considers moving from the sofa to the overstuffed chair enough excitement for one day? Can you be dedicated to keeping a long-haired dog’s coat maintained, or are you the “wash and wear” type?
- Time away from home. If you work long hours, an adult dog who is well-established in housetraining will work better than a young pup with a small bladder.
- Your financial situation. Senior dogs might have more expensive medical needs, but every dog should have at least yearly check-ups and there are always those unplanned trips to the veterinarian. And don’t forget food, treats, bedding and the numerous toys you won’t be able to resist at the pet supply store.
- Pets and people already at home. Make sure that the animals and the people you’ve already made commitments to are also ready to welcome a new four-legged family member.
- Check out some of these other considerations.
So, if you think you ready to adopt a shelter dog, stop by PAWS to see the amazing selection of canines just waiting to go home. Like Lady pictured above, or any of the other wonderful dogs for adoption.