Many responses come to mind, like “An exercise buddy!”, “A best friend for our family!”, “A partner in agility competitions!”, “A constant companion for an aging parent.” or simply “A fuzzy face to greet me after a hard day at work.”. Your adopted dog can be all of these – and more. Adopted Dog Month is the perfect time for people to adopt a shelter dog and experience the joy of finding their own answers.
If you are thinking about bringing an adopted dog into your family, here are some things to consider:
Like children, dogs are completely dependent on their owners for all their needs – food, water, medical attention, exercise, shelter, and most important, companionship. But unlike children, dogs will never learn to pour themselves a drink, fix breakfast or clean up after themselves. Opening your home to a dog can be highly rewarding, as long as you understand and accept the daily responsibilities and routines that come with owning a dog.
The qualities and personality you want in a dog are more important than size and appearance. For example, an older shepherd mix might do better than an energetic terrier in an apartment. Very often the pet that has the characteristics you’re looking for will come in an unexpected package.
At NEAS, we have dogs of every type, size, age, and personality waiting for loving homes. Adopt a dog from us, this October, to find out what a shelter dog can bring to your life and receive a free gift at the time of adoption.