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Adopting a Shelter Dog

Did you know that October is officially Adopt A Shelter Dog Month? This is a wonderful cause, and one we are happy to support! There are simply far too many cute, lovable pooches in shelters, hoping that someone will rescue them and give them a second chance at happiness. Read on as a Coon Rapids, MN vet discusses adopting shelter dogs.

Benefits of Adopting From Shelters

There are many reasons to get your new furry friend from a shelter. First and foremost, you’ll give that one lucky dog a new lease on life. This will also help other animals, by freeing up space. It will also help other homeless pets financially, since Fido’s adoption fees will help with the shelter’s operating costs. Last but not least, you may save yourself some money by going to a shelter, since shelters are typically cheaper than breeders or pet stores.

Finding Fido

No matter what size, color, age, or breed of dog you are looking for, there’s a good chance you will find your perfect pet in a shelter. Of course, it can be hard to choose from a room full of cute, lovable dogs. Take your time, and spend some private time with your new canine buddy before making a decision. After all, adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment!

Letting Your New Pet Settle In

Before the big day, you’ll want to pick up some supplies. Your furry pal will need bedding, toys, treats, waste baggies, grooming supplies, a leash and collar or harness, dishes, and food. If possible, put these things in a quiet back room at first, so your canine companion has a comfy spot to relax and settle in. Although most shelter pets are spayed or neutered and current on their vaccinations, you’ll want to schedule a thorough veterinary exam for Fido. This will also give you a chance to get some professional care tips for your new pooch. Keep in mind that it may take time for your four-legged friend to adjust to his new surroundings. Don’t force attention on your dog, or reprimand him for mistakes or accidents. Just focus on offering lots of TLC. Giving your pet toys and treats will help him feel safe and secure, and get that tail wagging.

Do you need to make an appointment for your pet? Call us, your Coon Rapids, MN vet hospital, today!

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