Adopt a Shelter Dog

October is officially Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! Are you considering bringing a new pooch home soon? If so, please consider adopting a shelter dog. A Loma Linda, CA vet discusses adopting shelter dogs in this article.

Why Adopt From A Shelter?

Going to a shelter is a great way to promote good animal welfare. The money you spend on Fido’s adoption fees will help the shelter provide food, shelter, and care to other pets in need. You may even save money, as shelters are typically much cheaper than breeders or pet stores. Last but not least, you’ll be giving that one lucky dog a second chance at happiness. Many of us want to help every homeless dog in the world, but that just isn’t possible for one person. However, you can definitely change the world for one dog!

Picking Your Pup

Dogs come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, and colors. No matter what you are looking for, whether it’s a cute lapdog or an athletic canine to go jogging with, you’ll likely find a great match in a shelter. However, don’t overlook that sweet deaf dog or the lovable senior pooch. Sometimes these less adoptable pups make the best pets! No matter what pup you pick, spend time with your new canine companion before finalizing the adoption. After all, adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment!

Getting Ready

A shopping trip is definitely in order. Fido will need food, treats, bedding, toys, a leash and collar or harness, grooming supplies, waste baggies, and some blankets. A crate is also a good idea. Put your furry pal’s things in a quiet back room at first, especially if you have other pets. That way, your new pup will have a safe, comfy place to relax and settle in. We also recommend doing some puppyproofing, and making sure your fencing is secure.

Tail Wag Activation

Going to a new home is a huge change for Fido. Some pooches will be happy and affectionate from Day One. Others will need time to adjust. A veterinary appointment should definitely be on the agenda for that first week. Otherwise, just give Fido time to adjust. Offer toys, treats, and lots of TLC to get that tail going.

Please feel free to contact us, your local Loma Linda, CA vet clinic, for your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help.

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