October is adopt a shelter dog month! Lost or unwanted dogs are turned into the animal shelter and are in need of good, forever homes. Some dogs are in the shelter because their former owners were careless. They didn’t think about the responsibilities involved in dog ownership and didn’t consider the fact that dogs need exercise and sometimes have accidents in the house. So when they got tired or upset with their dog, they dumped him in the shelter. Other dogs, however, are there because their human has died or has an illness. And then there are dogs who have been found wandering the streets. Many puppies are also turned into shelters because their humans didn’t want to take the time to find homes for them all. If you are thinking about getting a dog, look at your local animal shelter. Your new best friend might be waiting for you!
Keeping dogs at animal shelters costs a lot of money. The shelters have to provide beds, food, and medicine for the many animals. Consider donating money or supplies to your local shelter to help out these homeless dogs. Or you could volunteer at the shelter and help wash, feed, walk, and even train the dogs some basic commands.
A wonderful website to find adoptable dogs is Petfinder.com. At Petfinder, you can search dog breeds by your location, and you can even further filter the search by choosing if you have multiple pets or children. This way, dogs who are not good with other pets or children will not come up in your search. Petfinder offers an easy way to find dogs near you who are in need of loving homes.
If you are planning on getting a dog, make sure you do research on the breed you want. Many animals end up shelters because their humans failed to learn about the different breeds and their behaviors. A Border Collie, for instance, needs a lot of exercise and may nip at children’s heels in an attempt to herd them. If you do not know about the Border Collie, you might end up with a dog that needs more exercise than you can provide and irritates your kids. Make sure you’re absolutely sure that this is the dog you want to live with for the next 10-20 years.
Also keep in mind that older dogs make wonderful pets. Dogs that are past the adorable puppy stage (especially seniors) are often overlooked. People want cute little puppies! However, dogs that are past puppyhood have outgrown the irksome puppy habits. Most older dogs are house trained and have outgrown chewing on your things. These dogs are very special and just want to be loved. And don’t rule out a dog because he’s a senior! Senior dogs have so much love to give and just want to live out their golden years in relaxation with you. Dogs past the puppy stage aren’t adopted as soon as puppies, and by adopting one, you will be giving an older dog another chance.