The best way to honor Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog month is to adopt a shelter dog! But, before you embark upon this new, exciting, and rewarding task of bringing a dog into your home, ask yourself the following questions:
- If you have any other pets, how will they react to a new dog?
- Does anyone in your household have health issues (allergies, etc.) that would be impacted by a dog?
- How can your work and social life fit around the obligations of dog ownership?
- Do you have enough financial stability to take care of a dog?
These and more questions can be found at Petfinder’s dog adoption checklist. If you believe you are ready to adopt a dog, there are plenty of resources to find the shelter canine right for you and your household. Check out petfinder.com, aspca.com, and your local shelters.
Right before and right after you’ve brought your new pet home, check out this link for some helpful ways to acclimate him to his new environment!