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Adopting a Shelter Dog

April 15, 2016
Did you know that April 30 is Adopt A Shelter Pet Day? Are you considering bringing a new dog into your home? If so, adopting from a shelter is a great way to find your new pet! Below, a Georgetown, IN vet discusses adopting a shelter dog.

Reasons To Adopt From A Shelter

There are certainly many great reasons to go to a shelter. First and foremost, you’ll be giving that one special pooch a second chance at happiness. You’re also helping other homeless animals: another dog will soon occupy the space Fido vacates, and your adoption fees will help keep the shelter operating. Adopting from a shelter is also often cheaper than going to a breeder or pet store.

Getting Ready

Before the big day arrives, you’ll need to get some basic supplies. Your shopping list should include a comfy bed, toys, a leash and collar, a brush, treats, and doggy dishes. Put all these things in a quiet back room. If you know what type of food Fido has been eating, get that brand for now, and make changes only after consulting your vet. Veterinary care is also very important. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule for your new pooch.

Helping Fido Settle In

Before bringing Fido home, take him for a walk around the block to burn off his excess energy. Then, bring him into the room you’ve set up. This will give your new furbaby a quiet place to settle in and get comfortable. Get a sturdy leash, in case your canine buddy gets spooked and tries to bolt unexpectedly while you’re walking him. Good fencing is also a must. Last but not least, we recommend playing with your pup every day. Playing is great for dogs’ health and well-being, and can help with many behavioral issues, such as digging.

Let Love Grow

Many people report that the dogs they’ve adopted from shelters are extremely loving and loyal. However, all of our canine friends are unique. Some pups may immediately feel at home, while others will need time to adjust. Getting to know Fido can be really fun! Just provide your pooch with excellent care and lots of TLC, and let love grow. Remember to take pictures of this special time! Do you have any question about your dog’s health or care? Call us, your Georgetown, IN animal clinic, anytime!

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