Did you know that there are millions of homeless dogs? Dogs of all shapes, sizes and colors are either living on the streets by themselves or they are in shelters in every town in America. October is National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, #NationalAdoptAShelterDog
The puppies and dogs that have been turned into shelters are the lucky ones. The shelter workers are feeding and caring for them while they wait for a new family to adopt them and take them home. Whenever a shelter dog is adopted, it makes room for another lucky pup to be picked up off the streets and cared for.
FIVE REASONS TO ADOPT A SHELTER DOG
- When you adopt a shelter dog you are rescuing that dog. You are being a true hero! You are saving a life! That’s a pretty big deal, right?
- Shelter dogs are great pets. Usually when a dog is turned into the shelter it is because the owner has a problem, but the dog does not have a problem. There is nothing wrong with the dog. You can talk to the shelter workers and find out what the dog’s personality is like. Sometimes people have to move to a place that has no room for a pet, or they decide that they just do not have time to take care of the dog in the best way.
- A shelter dog costs less money than a pet store or professional breeder dog. Most shelters automatically spay/neuter every pet that comes in. They also include the vaccinations cost in the adoption fee. Some shelters even include micro-chipping your new dog so it will not get lost.
- When you adopt a shelter dog you are fighting the puppy mill industry that raise puppies in a factory style that is very wrong and very sad for the pups.
- Most shelter dogs are already housebroken because they have lived with other people! So you won’t have to teach your new pet how to go to the bathroom in the right place! Yay!
You might already have all the dogs that you have room for and cannot adopt a shelter right now. That’s okay, there are other things that you can do to help the homeless dogs. The shelters in your town always need more money to help them take care of the dogs and cats that come in. You can raise money to donate! I bet you already some really great ideas for how to do this! For more information just go to www.bestfriends.org.
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, a book in which she talks about her experiences and adventures with her special needs dogs and the life lessons they have taught – how she has learned and grown from them and they have learned and grown from her. 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.