October is the National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, which means there are a lot of great reasons why to adopt a shelter dog! If you know Mr. Spunky or his mommy, you already know that everyone here loves shelter dogs a lot! We talk about shelter pets all year round and hope that you and your friends are finding your new best furry friends in your local shelter. #adoptashelterdog #nationaladoptashelterdogmonth
You might be surprised that many people are afraid to adopt a dog from a shelter. They have heard rumors about shelters that are not true. Many years ago shelters were dirty, unhealthy places, but now most of them are very nice and clean. The people who work in shelters are called rescuers and they care about the dogs that come to them.
Here are a few facts that will help you and your friends know that adopting a dog from a shelter is a smart and loving thing to do:
The older dogs in a shelter are usually trained already. These dogs know where they are supposed to go to the bathroom and they will come when called and sit when you want them to.
- The average age of a shelter dog is just 18 months old! They are still a puppy and full of fun and energy. We all love goofy puppies with their big feet and floppy ears.
- 25% – 30% of the dogs in a shelter are purebred. Some people love a certain breed of dog and they do not know that they can find their favorite kind of dog in a shelter.
But you and I also know that the mixed breeds are often the sweetest anyway!
- The top reasons that dogs are given to shelters are not because the dog is a “bad dog”. It is usually due to one of three things –
1. The family is moving away.
2. Someone in the family has an allergy to dog hair.
3. There is a new baby in the family and they will not have time or room anymore.
- Almost all pet shelters will spay and neuter every pet that they receive.
These 5 points should help everyone know that it is safe and smart to find a pet at a shelter this month. Yay for October Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!
Susie is a freelance writer who has always had a dog as part of her family since childhood. Her current writing partner is Layla, a mixed breed Labrador and Cocker Spaniel. http://susieklein.wordpress.com/
Based in Phoenix AZ., animal lover Kelly Preston is an award winning author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper. Her book she shares about her experiences and adventures with her special needs dogs and the life lessons they have taught her. Kelly takes us a journey for growth and discovery. Preston also produces Mr.MaGoo’s Corner, a free monthly dog-focused newsletter that features a reader of the month, birthday announcements, green pet tips, organic dog recipes and more.