Thursday, October 22, 2009
Image from ASPCA website
October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. The event is sponsored by the ASPCA and was created as a way to encourage adopting a shelter dog rather than buying a pet from a breeder.
There are literally thousands of adoptable pets euthanized each year because there simply are not enough homes for them all. You can help change these horrendous statistics by always looking for a shelter animal first.
Vet bill bonus: Typically, shelter pups will be up to date on vaccinations, already spayed or neutered, and have cleared a basic health exam before you take them home.
Looking for a particular breed? Many shelter animals are purebreds. There are also breed-specific rescue groups. And I hasten to add that most dogs I've brought into our family have been of the all-American mutt variety. They're fantastic!
If you aren't ready for the antics and hard work of caring for a puppy, think about adult dogs...they need homes, too! With an adult dog you'll be certain of ultimate size and personality, and usually the animal is already housebroken. Your carpet will thank you.
In honor of this event, the ASPCA is sponsoring a photo contest. They'd like you to catch your dog in the act of interspecies affection. Top 5 winners will be featured on the ASPCA website and receive an ASPCA prize package. No fee to enter, but submissions must be received by October 31, 2009. Check out the complete rules here.