4 Tips For October’s Adopt-A-Dog Month
When the month of October comes around, most of us think of the spooky and ghouly thrills associated with Halloween or over indulge in everything pumpkin flavored, but did you know the month of October is Adopt-A-Dog Month? Right now is the prime time to hit the local animal shelter and pick up a new furry friend because an estimated 3 to 4 million animals are waiting for a new loving family to take them home each year. Unfortunately, not every animal finds a forever home and millions face the tragedy of being euthanized. However, if you have the ability to adopt a dog, you’ll make a big difference and become a hero. Check out these four tips to help you during the whole process!
1. Find A Local Rescue/Shelter
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), there are over 13,600 community animal shelters and rescues in the United States. That means there are plenty of local shelters in your area that have pets waiting to meet you. When you find the closest shelter, take a trip over and speak with a staff member to discuss what you want in a dog and they can help you find the perfect canine to take home that fits your lifestyle. Make sure you take older dogs into consideration because they still have plenty of love to give and many are already housebroken and may know basic commands.
2. Home Prep
When you meet your furry friend at the shelter and you know which one(s) you want to take home, ask the shelter if you can place a hold on them for a few hours or even a day so you can prep your house. During the prep time, make sure you have all the essentials you’ll need to care for your new dog. You should have a food bowl, water bowl, treats, leash & collar, toys and a comfortable dog bed. Also, before you bring the new dog home, you should have a family action plan and divvy out care responsibilities — taking them for walks, feeding them, brushing them, etc.
3. Plan A Vet Visit
Once you’ve picked up your pooch, plan to take them to the vet within the first week of bringing them home. This is when the veterinary can give them a check-up, get their shots up to date and educate you on the breed. You may also want the vet to ID the dog with a microchip because if they ever wander off away from home and land themselves in the local shelter, you have a better chance of being reunited with them. In fact, the American Humane Association estimates that only 15 to 20 percent of dogs who enter the shelter see their owner again because many come in without ID tags. This means you need to ensure your dog will be one of the fortunate ones to see you again if they get loose and found by the shelter.
4. Practice Patience
Any dog that gets newly adopted will be a little timid and shy, which means it may take a few weeks to see their full personality bloom. You’ll need to be patient and understanding that they are in a new environment and might make mistakes, so always keep that in mind when they are getting used to their new home. Once they come out of their shell, they will be extremely loyal and thankful you saved them!
Are you ready to make a difference by adding to the heartwarming dog rescue stories by adopting a dog this October? s