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October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Shelter DogsWhile it's impossible to pin down the exact number of dogs adopted each year in the United States, the Humane Society estimates that somewhere between 3 million and 4 million pets are adopted annually. If you've been considering adding a dog to your life, this is a great time to do it; October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

Before you set out on your quest for the perfect pet, it's important to take a realistic look at what you're getting into. Dogs, both puppies and older dogs, require commitment and compassion and will do better with a schedule. It can be hard to make a rational choice when faced with a shelter full of friendly, furry faces, so take time before you visit the shelter to decide what you're looking for. Many shelter professionals are trained to help you find a good match; be honest about your exercise habits, work schedule and commitment to training. If you love to run, an athletic dog is a great choice, but if you're a bit of a couch potato, a Labrador might be a bit overwhelming.

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Once you've picked a pup, you'll need some basic supplies to make him feel at home. Depending on the background of the dog you've selected, you'll need a crate or a dog bed. Crates can give your dog a space that's all his, fostering a sense of security. Dog beds provide an easily washable place for your dog to call his own. You'll also need chew toys, treats, bowls for food and water and a leash and collar. And don't forget a book on training; laying down some ground rules will make your life and his easier in the long run.

Once your pet is settled in, you'll find it hard to ignore the fact that it's October. Check out Andrea's Furanormal Activity blog post for tips on dressing your pet for Halloween, and get information about specific types of products from the pet guides section of the site.

Remember that even if you're not quite ready or able to welcome a furry friend into your home, you can help by donating time, money or supplies to a local shelter.

Have you adopted a shelter dog before? Any tips you want to share?



Posted by Jessica Gezon

Jessica Gezon



Oct. 6, 2011 at 3:01 PM

I have not adopted a shelter dog yet, but on the list for today is adopting a trillion puppies as soon as I leave work. Your tips will be very helpful.

Oct. 10, 2011 at 4:39 PM

I have adopted thee dogs in 2 years. One we found out was a jumper and could leap over our 6 1/2 ft. fence with ease. We had to take him back and that was harder than you think, you can get very attached to a dog in just a few days. Be very particular abount what your needs are, do you have other pets(we wanted a collie but decided against it because while they are great with people and kids they are very territorial and not good with other dogs), do you have kids,(almost alldogs are good with people and kids as a whole, but some dogs DO NOT LIKE all the touching and grabbing and pulling small children have to offer and will nip and even bite if thoughly annoyed),breed and size should be considered when you live in an apartment or someplace without a yard. Also I recommend a tracking chip. These are invaluable if you dog is found and turned over to the pound. And don't buy the first dog you see, o home and think abot it overnight, and then bring you entire family. Hope this helps!

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