Adopt a Shelter Dog Month Offers Its Share of Warm and Fuzzies

Dogs around the country are looking for loving homes right now.  With that being said, what would be more fitting for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month than providing a supportive atmosphere for a four legged friend?  Rather than visit a pet store to find the dog of your dreams, think long and hard about the thousands of shelter animals who sit and wait anxiously for your visit.  Your decision is the difference between life and death for many of them.  In fact, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) offers a variety of resources that allows you to pick out the perfect canine personality to fit your lifestyle.  From ways to help your local shelter to a list of pet care costs, the website makes it easy to learn more about caring for the animal you decide to adopt. 

To speed up the process, follow the ASPCA's Three Easy Steps for Adoption:

1.  Provide the shelter with two forms of identification.  A driver's license and bill stating your current address is preferable.

2.  Provide a personal reference.  Be willing to give the contact information of a trusted family member or friend that the shelter can reach by phone.

3.  Bring all members of your household to meet your new dog.  In addition to human family members, consider bringing in your other dogs so that an expert behaviorist can help you find the perfect match for your current living situation.

Also consider following the organization's Top 10 Things To Do Before You Bring Your New Dog Home tip sheet.  Covering all the basics from licensing to stocking up on supplies, a few precautionary measures will make the transition from shelter to your humble abode so much easier.

A free Pet Safety Pack makes it easy for your new pet to be rescued in the event of a fire or other type of emergency.  Each kit contains a window decal that can be updated with the type of pets that you have and a contact number where you can be reached.  It also contains an ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center magnet which provides you with valuable information in the off chance that Fido gets into something he shouldn't have.  To get your free safety pack, click here.

Benefits of Adopting

Besides providing you with the deep satisfaction of providing comfort and care to another living creature, adopting a shelter dog can provide you with the following benefits:

  • Added companionship
  • Lower blood pressure
  • A more positive perspective and better mood
  • A stress reliever
  • An exercise partner
  • A way to meet new people
  • A built-in intruder alert
  • Unconditional love

There are no ifs or buts about it.  Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is a great time to consider adding a new addition to your growing family.  Visit your local shelter or pound today and be a hero to a homeless canine.  You won't know how good it feels until you try it!