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Adopt a Shelter Dog

Did you know that October is officially Adopt A Shelter Dog Month? While we love to see any dog going to a good forever home, it’s always especially heartwarming to see a sweet shelter pup getting a second chance. If you are considering getting a new furry friend, please consider going to a shelter to find your new pet. A local Greensboro, NC vet discusses adopting from a shelter in this article.

Benefits of Adopting Shelters

Many dogs end up in shelters through no fault of their own. Some are abandoned, others have been lost, and some are turned in due to unfortunate circumstances. Sadly, many of these sweet pooches have very limited time to get adopted. By adopting from a shelter, you may very well be saving Fido’s life. You’ll also be helping other shelter pets, by clearing up space for another cute pooch and supporting the shelter financially. Plus, you’ll be able to pick from a variety of cute furry faces. You may even save yourself quite a bit of money, as shelters are typically cheaper than breeders or pet stores.

Getting Ready

Before you bring your new canine companion home, you’ll need pick up bedding, food, toys, treats, a leash, a collar or harness, doggy dishes, grooming supplies, and waste baggies. If possible, put everything in a quiet back room. That will give Fido a quiet, comfy place to relax and settle in. If you have a yard, check your fencing and make sure it is secure. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate.

Helping Your Pet Adjust

Being in a shelter can be very stressful for Man’s Best Friend. Fido may need to recuperate, and may sleep a lot at first. If your new canine companion needs training, start class immediately. Keep in mind that your new pet may have fears and habits you don’t know about yet. When you are walking him, use a sturdy leash, and keep a good grip on it. A trip to the vet’s is also in order, as your pet will need a full exam. Aside from that, to get that tail going, just offer your furry friend lots of great TLC, as well as toys, treats, and, of course, lots of walks and playtime.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Greensboro, NC animal clinic, today!

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