Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Did you know that October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month? This is a wonderful time to shine a spotlight on a great cause, and one that is near and dear to all of us. Read on as a local Bowmanville, ON vet talks about adopting a shelter dog.

Choosing Fido

Adopting a dog is a huge commitment. Before you make the final decision, spend some time with your potential pet. Look into Fido’s breed and background, if possible: this can help you determine if he’ll be a good match for your home or not.

Benefits of Shelter Adoptions

There are many great reasons to adopt a shelter dog. You’ll be giving that one special pup a second chance. This is a wonderful and rewarding act of kindness, and something you can really feel great about. You’re also helping support the shelter’s other furry charges, by opening up a spot for another homeless pooch. Plus, Fido’s adoption fees will go towards helping animals in need, rather than filling the pockets of a puppy-mill owner.

Getting Ready

Before bringing your new pet home, check your fencing to make sure it’s secure. You’ll also want to do some puppyproofing, and remove, secure or protect any potentially dangerous items. Fido will need food, treats, toys, bedding, grooming supplies, and a sturdy leash and collar, so a bit of shopping is also in order. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Helping Your Dog Settle In

After you pick Fido up, take him for a nice long walk, so he can burn off any excess energy before exploring his new home. Start your canine buddy out in a quiet back room, so he has a safe, comfy place where he can adjust. He may sleep a lot at first, as he recuperates from the stress of being in a shelter. Don’t force attention on your new pet. Just focus on giving him great care for now. Take time to walk him, talk to him, and play with him every day. Offering toys and treats will help you win his trust. Your kind efforts will soon be repaid with doggy kisses, tail wags, and unconditional love and loyalty. As far as we’re concerned, these are some of the best things in life!

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Bowmanville, ON veterinary hospital!