A big "thank you" to our friends at Camp Bow Wow for bringing us this great article. October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, so why not celebrate by adopting a shelter or rescue pet?
Are you thinking about getting a dog? There are millions of animals in shelters just waiting for a loving fur-ever home, and many are never lucky enough to get one.
In honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, here are some factors to keep in mind if you are planning on adding a furry family member to your pack. Age Of course puppies are cute and cuddly, but they require the most training and attention. Adult dogs, on the other hand, probably have some degree of training, but could have habits that are hard to change. Older dogs are a great option because many don't get adopted so they are left in shelters or euthanized.
Size There are several things to think about when deciding on the best size dog for you. Large breeds and high-energy small ones don't do well in cramped apartments. As a rule, the larger the dog, the larger the expenses (such as food and healthcare). Small dogs are more delicate and can be easily injured.
Activity Level Consider how active your lifestyle is and find a breed that fits best with that, keeping in mind that each individual dog is unique.
Physical Maintenance Long-haired breeds may require more regular grooming while short-haired ones often shed more. Research the amount of brushing, bathing, etc. that the breed you're interested in requires.
Where to Adopt According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 3 to 4 million animals are euthanized in shelters each year. There are so many adoptable pets looking for a loving home – you can be the difference between life and death for a shelter animal. Find a shelter near you. Read more tips about choosing the right dog for you.