October is a time for pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween candy, and adopting a dog. Confused about that last point? October is actually Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, which means it is a great time to consider adding a furry addition to your family. Most dog shelters are overrun with adorable pups looking for a forever home. While many shelter pets are often overlooked, they can have several clear advantages over a pet store pooch.
Advantages of a Shelter Dog
The first and perhaps most gratifying advantage of a shelter dog is the fact that you are saving a life. Many shelters kill dogs after only a few days to make room for new arrivals. By adopting from a shelter, you are giving a dog a second chance to live and also taking a stand in the fight against puppy mills. Shelter dogs are also relatively cheap. Adoption fees are usually much less expensive than outright buying a dog, and sometimes include microchipping and spaying/neutering.
Many shelter dogs are also housebroken, saving you time, energy, and carpet cleaning fees. In fact, because most shelter pets used to be owned by other humans, they crave love and attention. They will be happy to have another person to love unconditionally.
Should I Bring My Shelter Dog to the Veterinarian?
In short – yes! While shelter dogs are usually given a quick check-up when they are brought in, some illnesses can go undiagnosed. Additionally, many dogs contract illnesses while at the pound or need to be vaccinated against common diseases. Your dog may even need to be spayed or neutered, which is essential to controlling the dog population.
If you do decide to adopt a shelter pet, be sure to call us today at (909) 546-4868 to schedule a checkup. Our veterinary hospital offers vaccinations, grooming services, and even teeth cleaning for pups who need maintenance. We service pups all throughout the Rancho Cucamonga, Alta Loma, Upland, Ontario, Claremont and the rest of the Inland Empire areas.
Have you ever adopted a pet from a shelter?