October is Adopt-A-Dog Month: Why You Should Consider Adoption
The American Humane Association has deemed October as Adopt-A-Dog month to encourage people to adopt a rescue or shelter dog to welcome into their home. Whether you’re looking for a companion, exercise buddy or security system for your home, an adopted dog can fill all of these roles and more! There are many benefits to owning a dog, ranging from health benefits to overall happiness. When you adopt a shelter dog, you’re not only gaining an animal, but an additional member of your family.
Homeless pets are a major problem in the United States, with more than 150,000 new animals entering shelters on a weekly basis and three to four million being euthanized every year. The overpopulation of homeless pets is a reality, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a solution. When you think about, talk about or actually adopt a homeless dog, you are spreading the message and working towards a resolution.
Adopting a shelter dog means you are saving a life. Almost 4 million adoptable dogs are euthanized annually simply because people aren’t aware of the problem of overpopulation due to the lack of spaying and neutering of animals and overall awareness. Bringing an adopted dog into your home is a decision you will never regret!
When adopting from a shelter, vaccinations, spaying/neutering and micro-chipping are often included in the adoption fee to ensure that this one dog with a new home will remain happy, but also refrain from contributing to the problem. Typically, paying a small adoption fee at a shelter is much cheaper than buying them from breeders, leaving you with plenty of money to spoil your new addition.
Animal shelter and rescue centers also tend to have a large variety of dogs for you to choose from. While the many adorable faces may make it difficult to choose, you can be sure to find the dog you’re looking for in terms of breed, size and age. These are just a few of the reasons why you should adopt a shelter dog this October but, if you’re not ready to adopt just yet, there are other ways for you to get involved.
Many animal shelters depend completely on donations and volunteers from the community. Organize a fundraiser in your neighborhood, raise awareness for shelter pets at your school or be a hands-on volunteer caring for the animals at the shelter in your free time. By volunteering, you can make a contribution towards the homeless animal population by raising awareness and funds to support your local shelter. Not only will you feel proud of yourself, you will be transforming the lives of a number of animals.
There are many ways to get involved through volunteer work, donations and pet adoption. If you are seriously looking to adopt a pet this October, contact us or visit us at our Superadoption event in Grapevine, Texas on October 18-19th. We look forward to seeing you there!
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