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‘Fall’ for a Dog From a Shelter

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post | October 3, 2011

My dog, Pete, attracts lots of attention on our walks—he jumps for joy like his legs are made of pogo sticks, seeming to defy gravity as he launches his sizable frame skyward. Along with “Did you teach him to do that?!” (answer: no), people are always asking me, “Where did you get him?” I guess they just assume that I bought Pete from a breeder, because his flowing mane resembles a golden retriever’s. It’s fun to see their surprise when I tell them that Pete is a mutt and that I adopted him from an animal shelter.

October is “Adopt a Shelter Dog” Month, and if you’re ready to commit to caring for a canine companion, there is no better place to find your new best friend than a shelter or rescue group. Shelters are overflowing with dogs of all ages, personalities, and sizes—mutts and purebreds. Just make sure that your lifestyle, activity level, and experience will make you a good fit for the animal you’re considering. For a nominal adoption fee—hundreds less than what breeders typically charge—your new family member will likely go home neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, and microchipped.

Pete has become such an important part of my life that it’s difficult to think about what might have happened if I hadn’t adopted him. Every year, shelters must euthanize 3 to 4 million dogs and cats because breeders, pet stores, and people who don’t have their animals sterilized bring more animals into a world that is already tragically short on good homes. Let’s help change that this October by having our animal companions spayed and neutered and opening our hearts and homes to a lovable, one-of-a-kind dog from a shelter.

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  • Lisa says:

    I dont have a dog but i have 12 rescue cats all have had a bad start in their lives but they are the most loving animals ever, one of my boys Charlie is there waiting for me at the end of my road everyday when i come home from work somehow he knows excatly what time i get home even if i get home late he will sit there and wait for me. Thats the best feeling when you’ve a hard day at work and your animals are there to greet you. A friend of mine bought a ragdoll kitten from a breeder within 2 weeks she had to be put to sleep such a terrible waste of life. Please dont buy from a breeder give an animal a chance from a shelter they are such fantastic animals and all they want is someone to love them.

  • Busterblue says:

    I got my dog Buster a mixed Blue Heeler/Rottwieler from a litter of puppies that were free. I didnt technically get him from the shelter but I have a felling if he didnt get picked he would have became a shelter dog. He is a great dog. Rocky my Golden Retreiver just showed up out of nowhere one night while i was in the garage with a choke chain that must have been on him since he was a puppy because we had to use bolt cutters to get it off. we posted a found dog ad in the paper and noone said he met the description on their missing dog. Had him for about 6 years now. Ro our Dachsund mixed with some longhaired animal is the most well mannered dog I have met we got him when I was a kid from the shelter. Bucci(R.I.P) was a australian sheppard mixed with something idk was one of my first memories when I was a kid my parents got him from the shelter because he was one of the dogs that was on the news’s shelter dog of the week and they liked him. I grew up with that dog and I always felt safe in the house with him around. He didnt like strangers much but he loved us. I remember he use to patrol the house every so often at night to make sure we were safe. I don’t know what Id do without my dogs they have been the greatest friends of mine because I know I can trust them.

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