Adopting a Shelter Dog

Did you know that October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month? This is a wonderful cause, and one that we are happy to spread awareness about. Read on as a local Lafayette, LA vet discusses adopting shelter dogs.

Benefits of Going To A Shelter

There are many wonderful reasons to consider going to a shelter. Saving a life is, of course, one of the biggest, and most meaningful. Shelters are overflowing with cute, sweet dogs that are in desperate need of good homes. It’s a wonderful feeling to know you’ve given a pooch a second chance! This will also help promote good animal welfare, both by freeing up much-needed space and helping keep the shelter solvent financially. You’ll also be able to save yourself some money, as going to a shelter is often much cheaper than getting a dog from a breeder or pet store.

Choosing The Right Pet

Picking just one pup from a room full of adorable faces can be a daunting task. Take some time to think about what sort of pooch will fit best in your household. A sweet, calm, senior dog? A cute, frisky puppy? Or a well-trained, lovable adult pet? No matter what you are looking for, there’s a good chance you’ll find it in a shelter. Just be sure to spend some time with Fido before making a final decision. After all, adopting a dog is a lifelong commitment.

Helping Fido Settle In

Going to a new home is a big change for a dog. Don’t be surprised if your canine buddy sleeps a lot at first. If possible, you’ll want to set Fido up in a quiet back room with his food, toys, and bedding, and just let him have some time to settle in. We also recommend doing a thorough fence check, and setting up a veterinary appointment during those first few weeks.

Tail Wags

Dogs have an amazing capacity for love and loyalty, but that bond can take time to develop. Fido may need time to adjust. Offering toys and treats will help win his trust. Ear scritches, long walks, and daily play sessions will also help your pet feel loved and safe. With TLC and patience, you’ll have that tail going in no time!

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your local Lafayette, LA animal clinic, today!

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