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Posted on 10-03-2016

All dogs matter and deserve a good home with a person who cares about them. October is adopt a dog month, so if you have been considering adding a new furry member to the family, now is the time to do it! This month brings awareness to the fact that there are thousands of dogs, so consider adopting not shopping.

Before you save a life, there are a few things to consider.

The first thing to consider is who else is in the family. Adults, children, babies and even other animals will all react to a new dog in different ways, so it is important to take everyone into consideration when deciding what kind of dog to get, or if you should even get a dog in the first place.

The next thing to consider is the amount of space you have for the dog. If you live in a small apartment with no yard space, getting a big dog is probably not the best option. You want to make sure that the dog is comfortable in their living environment and has space to play so really examine your home and based on that, decide what dog you are going to get.

Another important thing to think about is who will be taking care of the dog on a day to day basis. If you are a single, business professional, getting a dog that requires a lot of attention and exercise is not the best option. If the kids will be responsible for the dog, then getting a dog that is child-friendly and not “breakable” is a better option.

Preparing your house for a new dog is also extremely important. “Dog proofing” your home makes for an easier transition for your new pet. Making sure there isn’t anything low to the floor that the animal can get into or that you would be upset about if it got ruined. Also, making sure you have all the supplies a new dog needs like food, a bed, toys and a good vet! Visit our website to make an appointment for your new family member.

There are so many great places to adopt dogs from, and you don’t always have to get a puppy to have a great dog! A lot of shelters also have reduced adoption fees for black animals in the month of October to go along with the Halloween theme, but this is also good because darker colored dogs are often overlooked and this gives them a better opportunity to find a better home.

Remember if you are going to get a dog, ADOPT, don’t SHOP!

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