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Adopt A Shelter Dog Month

October 1 2022

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! We’re always happy to spread the word about all of the cute, sweet pups in shelters. If you’re thinking about bringing a canine companion into your household, going to a shelter would be a wonderful way to find Fido. A Carmel Valley, CA vet discusses adopting a shelter dog below.

Benefits of Adopting A Shelter Dog

There are some wonderful advantages to adopting your pooch from a shelter. For one thing, you’ll be able to choose from dozens—or even hundreds—of adorable furry faces. You can search based on whatever criteria you want, such as age, color, and size. Chances are, you’ll find a great match! You’ll also be able to spend time with Fido, which can help ensure you’re picking the right pup. Plus, you’ll find that going through a shelter is much cheaper than adopting from a breeder.

Statistics

While things have improved in recent years, there’s still a long way to go when it comes to caring for all of our canine pals. Each year, about 3 million dogs enter shelters. Sadly, many of them will never leave. Some dogs have a harder time getting adopted than others. Puppies, of course, usually get adopted very quickly, but a senior dog or a fearful one may have a harder time finding a home. Don’t overlook the unwanted pets!

Getting Ready For Fido

You’ll need to make a run to the pet store. It’s best to do this after you’ve picked Fido out, as so many of his things must fit his size, personality, and age. That said, your checklist should include things like food, toys, treats, bedding, grooming supplies, dishes, a doggy first-aid kit, a good harness, collar, and a crate. You’ll also need to do some petproofing. Part of being a responsible pet owner is also ensuring your pet is healthy and unable to contribute to pet overpopulation; consider learning more about the benefits of spaying or neutering by reading “Getting Your Pet Fixed.”

Settling In

While Fido may be delighted to realize he’s been adopted, it may take him time to really settle in. Get your furry buddy started out on his new routine as soon as possible. Also, set down any ground rules—such as staying off the couch—from day one. Aside from that, focus on providing stability, love, and great care. Getting to know your new friend can be a very beautiful experience. Take lots of pictures!

As your local veterinary specialist in Carmel Valley, CA, we are committed to providing excellent care for your pets. Don’t hesitate to contact us anytime for your pet’s veterinary needs. If your new companion needs any type of surgery, whether routine or emergency, learn more about our “Veterinary Surgery” services designed to ensure their health and well-being.