With more than 3.5 million dogs living in shelters, there’s no better time than now to think about bringing home a new addition to your family. National Dog Adoption Month, celebrated every October, turns our focus to these often forgotten animals with a call to open your heart and your home. According to Veterinary Practice News, the rewards are life changing. “Nearly 47% of pet owners said their pet is like a child to them and 42% said they compare their pets to a good friend.” (Veterinary Practice News April 27, 2011).
Aside from bringing home a new friend for life, there are countless benefits to adopting a pet. Many animal shelters and adoption agencies have limited space to take on new pets. By adopting, you’re preserving a life and helping create space for new animals. Not only that, you’re enhancing the quality of life for your new pet.
Saving money is another benefit to adopting. When you adopt a dog, the shelters often ensure that they are up to date on all vaccinations and are either spayed or neutered. When you count the costs of these healthcare measures, it can amount to a huge cost savings. Adoption fees often include a leash, collar, and initial food supplies as well, getting you off to the best possible start with your new family member.
Not only have most pets received their shots, shelter pets are often given health screenings to make sure they are in great health before they are adopted. If a dog has obedience issues or needs training assistance, your local shelter can provide a wealth of resources to help you tackle those areas successfully.
Due to the vast number of pets in adoption shelters and agencies, you have a great selection of types and temperaments. Big to little, young to old you can choose the animal that is just right for you. If you’re looking for a certain breed, there are rescues that specialize in every breed under the sun from Basset Hounds and Border Collies to Shar Peis and Pugs. For a list of dogs available in your area, check out www.azhumane.org.