October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog month. In 1998, I adopted a black lab, Molly, from a local shelter, and found a new best friend.
If you choose to adopt a shelter dog, there are a few things to keep in mind. You want to be well prepared for your new pet before you bring him or her home. Have supplies, food, veterinary care, and obedience classes already purchased or planned. Moving is also stressful for you and the dog. For great tips on preparing to adopt and dealing with the first 30 days, see this great set of Pet Adoption Tips from Petfinder.
Speaking of Petfinder, it also is a great place to look for pets to adopt. Use their Animal Rescues and Shelter page to find a location near you and see the pets that are available there.
Adopting a shelter dog is special. You are truly rescuing someone in great need. Here are 17 reasons to adopt to help convince you.
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