Adopt a dog this month to support the National “Adopt a Shelter Dog” initiative
Although Halloween usually hogs the spotlight in October, it’s a very special month for an entirely different reason. October is recognized as the official “Adopt a Shelter Dog month.” National organizations like the American Humane Association and the ASPCA, and even pawesome retailers like Kong are all helping to spread the word. So, although Halloween is pretty fun, we think all the candy and costumes are WAY better when you have a rescue dog to share them with … the good times, that is … not the candy (chocolate is toxic to dogs).
The idea of adopting a new buddy is so exciting to Jake that we have to keep him off the rug while we write this post … seriously, he LOVES his four-legged friends. However, a lot of planning is in order before we (or you) should ever bring a new dog home.
- First and foremost, you should put some thought into what breed and size of dog is best for your family. If you have any young children, for example, will they do well with a 90-pound lab mix, or would a smaller dog be a better fit?
- Are you okay with a dog that sheds?
- How would a new dog affect your other pets?
- Do you have the time and energy to take care of a puppy, or would an older dog be easier for you to handle?
- And don’t forget about the budget! Although most shelters and rescue organizations only require a minimal adoption fee, there are tons of other expenses to consider: toys, food, training, perhaps a fancy new leash or two (hint, hint), vet bills … and of course treats!
Once you’ve committed to bringing home a new best friend, spend some time to find a dog that’s right for you. And please, take your time … it’s a 10+ year commitment, and you need to get it right!
Local shelters are a great place to start your search. You can find dogs of all shapes, sizes, and personalities that need a forever home. And if you have a specific breed in mind, look for a rescue group … a simple Google search and a few clicks should point you in the right direction.
When you find a lucky dog to bring home, please let us know! We would love to see pictures!