October is a celebration of the national Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month. There are about 3 to 4 million dogs living in animal shelters across the country. Many would make a great addition to anyone's family, but just need that second chance. Looking for a purebred? Twenty-five percent of the animals in shelters are purebred, so you don't have far to look.
Here are a few things to consider if you are looking to add a dog to your family. You could be considered the perfect dog owner if:
Believe caring for a dog for 15 years does not seem like a lifetime.
- Like sharing your house with someone who sheds, tracks dirt occasionally and possibly drools.
- Don't mind sharing a house with someone who will never clean up after themselves.
- Want to take care of someone every day.
- Love a playmate who likes to chase balls and drag off shoes.
- Want someone to adore you even on a bad hair day.
- Believe that spaying and neutering pets will help solve the pet overpopulation problem.
- Would like to spend your extra money on pet food, toys, and veterinary care.
- Can't imagine leaving your devoted pet behind when you move.
- Want to keep an ID tag on, or microchip, your pets so they can always get back to you no matter what.
- Enjoy unconditional love and constant companionship.
Recent research conducted by Edge Research found that, compared to the pet store (puppy mill) dogs, shelter dogs generally require less veterinary care. Even with that, still only 20-30 percent of dogs and cats are adopted from animal shelters and rescues across the country.
If you are not able to adopt a dog, help spread the word to family and friends about shelter animals. Animal shelters across the country have dogs of every type, size, age and personality waiting for loving homes. Visit your local animal shelter this October to find out what a shelter dog can bring to someone's life during Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month.