Adopting a Shelter Dog

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! While we think this is a great cause, and one worthy of support all year long, this is a great opportunity to spotlight shelter pups. Read on as a Marietta, GA vet discusses adopting a shelter dog.

Reasons to Go To A Shelter

Adopting your new dog from a shelter is a wonderful way to support animal welfare. You’ll be giving that one special pooch a second chance at happiness, which is a wonderful—and very rewarding—act of kindness. You’re also helping other homeless pets: Fido’s vacated spot will soon be taken by another cute furball, and the money you spend on adoption fees will help the shelter care for other animals in need.

Choosing Your Pet

Shelters have dogs of all different shapes, sizes, and breeds. No matter what you’re looking for, you may very well find your perfect pup in a shelter. Of course, choosing your new canine buddy isn’t always easy. Sometimes people only need to take one look at a furry face to know they’ve found their pet. At other times, it isn’t so easy. Shelters allow—and encourage people to spend time with their new four-legged friends before making a final decision. This helps ensure that you’re picking the pooch that is right for you.

Bringing Fido Home

You’ll need to do a bit of shopping. Fido will need food, toys, bedding, treats, a collar or harness, a sturdy leash, grooming supplies, and a crate. It’s best to have these things ready before you bring your canine friend home. We recommend doing some puppyproofing. Remove or secure potentially dangerous plants; plastic bags, wires, and ties; small items; sharp objects; chemicals; and medications. It’s also a good idea to make sure your fencing is secure.

Helping Your Dog Adjust

Being in a shelter can be very scary for our canine pals. Fido may sleep a lot at first, as he gets used to his new home. Don’t force attention on your pet: just focus on providing him with excellent care. Provide your pooch with lots of fun toys and yummy treats, and spend time with him every day, going for walks or just playing fetch. You’ll have that furry tail going in no time!

Please contact us, your Marietta, GA pet hospital, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!