Shelter Pets Are Loyal for Life
Adopting a pet is a big decision for you and your household, especially if you have children. You may have considered what size dog you want. You may have even researched some breeds. But some of the most adoptable pups are the mixed-breed dogs you find at a local shelter.
You may have heard that shelter pets are loyal and loving animals. Maybe it’s a cliché, but that doesn’t make it false. Approximately 3.2 million shelter pets are adopted each year. Most have made a pretty good impression on their new families.
Most dogs aren’t born into the lap of luxury. When you adopt a shelter dog, you aren’t simply adding a pet to your home. You’re enriching the life of a deserving doggie. They’re certainly grateful to find their forever home, and they show it with loyalty and love.
Why Adopt a Shelter Dog
Sure, you could shop for any breed you want. You could spend a ton of money on the most prized bloodlines and most desirable traits. When you adopt a shelter dog, you’re doing much more than simply saving a life. You’re providing a lifetime of care and protection to a pet that may never have known it without you.
It’s hard not to fall in love with the first pooch you see. But picking out your new four-legged family member isn’t a decision that you should rush into. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you’re ready to adopt a shelter dog:
- Be sure that the time is right. Pet adoption is a commitment to make room in your life and your home for a fuzzy friend. This could be the start of a 15- or 20-year friendship. It’s an excellent time to ask yourself questions —like whether you can care for your animal through all the changes in life. Your whole family must be ready to help out, too.
- Adopt a shelter dog that fits your lifestyle. When you adopt a shelter dog, you can talk to the shelter staff and volunteers who’ve interacted with the animals. They learn how the dogs react to various people and situations. They’re a valuable resource to answer any questions you may have about the dog’s personality, temperament, energy level or special needs.
- Consider the age of your potential pooch. Your dog’s age can have a significant impact on your home. If you don’t have extra time to spend training or housebreaking, then an older, more laid-back dog may be better suited to your home life. On the other hand, if you have high-energy children in your home, the extra dose of puppy power ensures long days of play. Plus, adopting a shelter dog is one of the best ways to teach children how to be responsible.
Preparation Is Priceless
After making the decision to adopt a shelter dog but before going to pick up your new furry friend, prepare your home for the occasion. While any dog will be thrilled to go home with you, remember that shelter doggies may feel a little uncomfortable in a new place. So shop before you adopt to make the transition less stressful on everyone.
Even basic items like a dog bowl or bed can provide a sense of welcome and belonging. But you don’t have to stop at “basic.” If you feel your shelter pet deserves top-of-the-line style and quality, look to Canine Styles for the best! Ideas include:
- You can’t take your new dog home without a collar and lead. Buy one that adds flare to the occasion, such as:
- The “H” dog collar from France. It’s made from hand-cut leather in a variety of colors.
- A studded/stone collar. Make a statement that’s sure to give your pup a sense of belonging.
- Fine leather step-in leather harness sets that come in a range of sizes. They even have a built-in doggie-business bag.
- If you adopt a smaller shelter dog, a posh carrier may be a better fit. For example:
- The messenger bag carrier, which allows you to carry your 14-pound pup (or lighter) hands-free.
- A braided leather Veneta bag. It complements your outfit and lets you carry other stuff as well.
- When you adopt a shelter dog, he’s going to be excited and a little nervous. Calm your doggie with a taste of what’s to come! High-quality treats will win over any nervous pooch. Healthy treats from Canine Styles include:
- Gluten- and byproduct-free niblets. They come in chicken and duck flavors.
- Vegetarian mini bone treat those clean teeth, freshen breath and taste great!
- Don’t even think of serving the first meal in a disposable bowl or a plastic container. Find everything you need to fit your décor and pamper your pooch, such as:
- A festive Mexicana pattern bowl, which is dishwasher-safe, non-toxic and lead-free — like all Canine Styles dog bowls.
- A cork placemat that’s made from recycled material. It’s also dishwasher safe.
- And at the end of the exciting first day at home, there’s no better way to make your new family member feel welcome than with a luxury bed. No more drab kennel blues for your special doggie. Choose one to fit your home and your dog perfectly:
- The Faux Mink Nesting Bed is as comfy as it sounds.
- The Ortho Support Bolster Bed, made with memory foam, helps an older dog that may have joint problems.
- The Katie Puff Hooded Dog Bed has a soft micro-suede shell lined in soft chenille.
A New Leash on Life
Choosing to adopt means you’re refusing to support puppy mills while at the same time, you’re easing the burden on your local shelter. But deciding to adopt a shelter dog is a major decision. Make sure your family is on board. Your new doggie deserves all the love and support you can give.
While there are many successful pet adoptions each year, the same number of animals are euthanized each year. As an animal lover, you have the chance to give a pet a place in your home and in your heart. Support your local shelter: adopt a shelter dog today!