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Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month





Pet overpopulation is a big problem in the United States. Each year eight million stray and unwanted animals are taken to shelters. 3.7 million of those animals are euthanized because homes could not be found for them. It’s unfortunate that the leasing cause of death of dogs and cats is shelter euthanasia.

AHA ( American Humane Society) selected October as Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month to bring awareness to the problem of pet overpopulation. Adoption gives a pet a second chance at life and joy to the adoptive family.

With today’s technology it’s easier than ever to search and find a pet to adopt. One good site is There’s also a searchable database of 13,000 shelters and adoptive organizations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Being ready for your new pet is important. Too often a family will adopt a pet and love them – at first. Then, realize the work and responsibility it takes to care for a pet neglecting or abandoning the pet.

Adopting a new dog is a major step, one that will affect your family and your lifestyle for the duration of the dog’s life. Before you bring your dog home, make sure you are stocked up on essential supplies like food, bowls, toys, grooming tools, collar and leash with identification tag and a create with cozy bedding. Also, pet-proof the house or the area where you will keep the dog by making sure all electrical cords are tucked away and all potentially harmful items are out of paw’s reach. Most importantly, make an appointment with your veterinarian for a wellness exam before you even take your new dog home.

A local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality. If you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter, go online to find a breed-specific rescue group in need of forever homes for their furry friends.

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