April 30th is National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day! Did you know that as many as 3 million dogs are admitted to shelters every year here in the US? If you’re ready to adopt a new canine buddy, please consider getting a rescue dog. This would of course be a gamechanger for Fido, but could also turn out to be a very profound, rewarding, and educational experience for you. Here, a Pasadena, MD vet lists some things people who have adopted shelter dogs soon come to find out.
When getting a new dog, it’s important not to expect Fido to have the same personality as your last dog. All of our canine companions are unique individuals! Your new pup may be very different from all of your other four-legged pals. This is actually part of the fun of getting to know your new pet. Pay close attention to your pooch, and notice what he likes and dislikes. This is one reason you’ll need to be extra careful those first few months: your furry friend may have phobias, quirks, or habits you don’t know about yet. Ask your vet for tips on petproofing and helping your pup get settled.
It’s not uncommon for people to say that by saving a shelter animal, they really saved themselves. It can be incredibly rewarding to shower a sad, lonely pet with love and good care, and watch them thrive and come out of their shell. Don’t be surprised if your heart completely melts the first time Fido wags his tail for you or runs to happily meet you at the door!
Our canine friends have a very special way of bringing love and laughter into our lives. Even just watching a sweet pooch dozing in the sun can lift your spirits. Your new buddy will keep you smiling with his adorable antics and cute expressions, and will be more than willing to accompany you to various places. Fido won’t ask for much in return for his devotion, either, aside from food, treats, and belly rubs. Shelter dogs really only want someone to love them and care for them!
Please contact us, your Pasadena, MD animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about adopting or caring for a shelter dog. We’re here for you!