Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

October is officially Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! This is one cause that we are happy to support. Shelters are overflowing with cute pooches that desperately need good homes. If you are considering bringing a new dog into your household, please consider adopting Fido from a shelter. Read on as a local Michigan City, IN vet discusses adopting a shelter dog.

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There are millions of sweet, lovable pets in shelters, desperately hoping that someone will love them enough to give them a new forever home. Fido often ends up in shelters through no fault of his own. Many dogs in shelters are former pets that were lost, abandoned, or surrendered. Unfortunately, shelters just can’t keep up with the sheer number of pets coming through their doors. Dogs often have a very short window of time to get adopted. Giving a shelter dog a second chance is a wonderful act of kindness!

Benefits of Adopting From Shelters

When you adopt from a shelter, you’ll be able to pick from a variety of adorable furry faces. You can find pooches of all ages, breeds, shapes, sizes, and colors waiting for you. You’ll have the opportunity to spend some quality time with Fido before making a final decision. Adopting from a shelter is also often much cheaper than going through a breeder or pet store, as shelter dogs are often spayed or neutered and kept current on their vaccinations and parasite control products. Last but not least, you’ll be helping other homeless dogs. It won’t be long before another cute pooch occupies the space Fido vacates. Also, the funds you spend on adoption fees will help the shelter take care of other pups in need.

Settling In

When you get your new pet home again, don’t be surprised if he sleeps a lot at first. Being in a shelter is very scary for Fido, and he may need time to recuperate and settle in. A trip to the vet’s is definitely in order, but aside from that, just give your canine pal time to relax and get to know you. Offer your new furry friend lots of toys, treats, and walks to win his trust. You’ll have that furry tail going in no time!

Please reach out to us, your Michigan City, IN vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are happy to help!

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