October is adopt a shelter dog month.
I want to encourage people to adopt – not shop when it comes to adding a new furkid to their families.
Granted not everyone is in a place to adopt a new pet and that is okay!
Pet ownership comes with great responsibility, just like adding a new child to the family.
Pets need routine.
Here, I outline some tips when it comes to Why Routine Is Important To Your Pets.
Consider an elderly pet:
Elderly pets are sometimes less likely to be adopted.
These animals need love too.
Everyone wants that cute puppy.
Elderly pets can be better for some homes.
Consider your family and lifestyle.
Sometimes elderly pets also need more veterinarian care.
Consider your budget.
Just do not overlook that elderly pet that perhaps lost it’s human due to death, or placement in a nursing home.
An elderly pet can make a wonderful companion.
Consider an adult pet:
Much like elderly pets, adult dogs may require more vet care.
Adult dogs also may be more mellow and better for a family with young children.
Adult dogs are already potty trained, and may know some really cool tricks!
Consider how much time you have to train a puppy and play with a pup.
An older dog may be perfect for you.
Consider bonded pairs:
If you have the time, income, and room in your home, you may want to consider adopting a bonded pair!
Bonded pairs are dogs, or any pets, that have been turned over to the humane shelter together.
It is sad when bonded pairs have to be broken up!
If you can keep two pets that love each other together, there is nothing more precious.
It’s double the love and fun!
Consider breeds others may not want:
It’s true. Some dogs get a bad rap.
Just because a Pit Bull is in the pound does not mean that it is a bad animal.
The humane society generally won’t put a mistempered breed up for adoption.
Check the laws in your area about what breeds you can have.
If you can, please consider some of the breeds that get a bad rap.
We used to have a Pit Bull, Jack Russel mix and she was the most loyal loving dog ever!
Other Things To Consider During Adopt A Shelter Dog Month:
Consider if the dog needs a lot of time with their human.
If you work long hours you need a more independent pet.
If you love to travel you may want to find a pet that has been previous boarded and is used to being left behind.
Or if you want a travel companion then be sure to ask about dogs that are good on the go!
What To Do To Help When You Can’t Adopt A Shelter Dog:
We are not always able to provide a home for a new pet.
I would rather a person not adopt if they are not truly ready.
There are things you can do to help, however.
Spreading awareness is key.
←Simply sharing this article and articles like it can do a lot of good.
Donate to your local shelter.
Your humane society and other pet shelters will have a “wish-list” of items they really need.
Of course, you can always donate money too.
Granted we are not all financially able to donate money or items, so talk to people.
Talking to others about adopting instead of shopping is a great way to promote Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, and it costs you nothing.
Volunteer For Adopt A Shelter Dog Month!
By donating your time, love, and attention to pets at a local shelter you will really make a huge difference.
This is also a wonderful way to get involved in a family project.
Volunteering at a shelter can also teach your children so many values.
It is a valuable lesson for kids and teaches them how to prepare for a pet of their own.
Married couples find that this can be a wonderful bonding experience for them.
Single people can meet like-minded friends.
There is no down-side to giving some of your free time to volunteering.
Well, with the exception of falling in love with a pet and bringing it home.
That does not sound like a down-side me to though.