Adopt a shelter dog month is October!  Since 1981, October is the month designated by the American Humane Society  in an effort to help the estimated 3-4 million animals waiting for their forever homes in shelters.

Adopt Don’t Shop

woman and puppy

Each year approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters. As these abandoned and often abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home.  October is the month to create awareness of all the dogs waiting for their new pet parents to adopt.

You think you can only find mixed breeds at a shelter? That’s not so!  Some of the most common breeds at shelters are Labradors, Beagles, Chihuahuas, German Shepherds, Dachshunds, Boxers, Jack Russell Terriers and of course the most common dog found in a shelter is the Pit Bull.

Perks Of Adoption

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Adopting from a shelter not only gives that dog a second life, but you are also giving space for the next rescue dog.  Giving your dollars to a shelter means you won’t be supporting puppy mills or backyard breeders.

When you adopt from a shelter, you will be saving yourself the cost of spaying and neutering. Rescue dogs are usually completely vetted and up to date on their vaccines as well.  In addition, most shelter dogs are micro-chipped so that is also an added cost benefit.

Good For You Too

dog in shelter

Obviously having a live in best friend for life is a huge benefit for both you and your new pooch.  Dogs are known for their unconditional love and if given the opportunity,  to shower you in slobbery kisses. Furthermore your health and exercise routine will get a giant boost!  Your sedentary lifestyle will be no more. Moreover, dogs are always ready for an adventure and will be most willing to be your co-pilot on new activities.  In fact, if you are single and looking to make new friends, a dog is the best wing man for the job. Making the rounds at your local go park or dog friendly cafe will have you meeting other dog lovers.

Make A Difference

volunteering with a dog

What do shelters need most (besides adopters?). Specifically, your time.  Volunteering at your local shelter can be so rewarding. Shelters need dog moms and dog dads to clean cages,  fill water or food bowls, provide company to the animals, walk the dogs, play with the cats, do training and socialization, and even more. Usually the biggest skill set you need to volunteer: a love of animals and concern for their well being.

Give It Time

dog in shelter

It can take a shelter dog 6 to 8 weeks or even more to fully adjust to a new home. Don’t worry if their behavior doesn’t fall into place right away. With love and patience, it will happen. Be patient and understanding while also keeping to the schedule you intend to maintain for feeding, exercising and sleeping.  It’s a whole new world that your rescue dog is living in.  Give them grace and allow them to be the best dog they can be.