Even though October was Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, every dog lover can make every day a special occasion for a shelter dog. The aim of this is to encourage people to adopt shelter dogs, rather than purchase them from pet stores or elsewhere. This helps dogs everywhere find homes filled with long-lasting love. and helps people find meaningful friends to spend quality time with.
The purpose of this special designation is to help educate people as to what kind of dog they should adopt, how they should take care of it, where to find an adoptable pet, and many other things. There are many breeds of dogs out there, and it’s important to match what you need to the kind of dog. This helps creates stronger, long-lasting relationships.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) encourages dog owners to participate in the spay-and-neuter program, as well. This helps keep pets safe, encourages the owner to keep their pets longer, keeps the pets healthier, and results in more quality time spent together.
The concept behind Adopt a Shelter Dog month was truly quite simple: Adopting a pet from the shelter helps keep strays off the streets, which has many social benefits. It also discourages cruel “puppy-mill” practices, which sometimes are detrimental to the physical and mental health of dogs. Since puppy-mills often don’t take into account the animal’s well-being, negligence is often the case.
Adoption can give a person their best friend. One can come home from a long day’s work to be greeted by a friendly, furry face. Or you can take them on ability competitions, which is great fun for everyone. Or they can help you do animal-assisted therapy. There are many opportunities that adoption can create, and these are just a few of them.
The best possible way to help with the Adopt a Shelter Dog program is to simply adopt a dog from a local animal shelter. So many wonderful and amazing things result from this one, simple, caring and loving act. Taking a pet home today could have a profound impact on your life, and will certainly have a profound impact on you new best friend!