Adopting a Shelter Dog or Providing Other Shelter Services

Adopting a shelter dog

As a new year begins, we should think about all the animals that fill our pet shelters.  According to the article quoted below, our country’s poor economy is causing more dog owners to take their dogs to shelters.  They simply can’t afford to keep their pets any longer.

How sad that is.  It’s even sadder that many of these loving dogs are later euthanized.  None of us are happy with this result.  But unfortunately we forget about what is happening at these shelters.  Our lives are just too busy to think about it.

Adopting a Shelter Dog

Romeo and Scott

My little dog, Romeo, was adopted from a dog pound.  I don’t know what his status was at the time.  It would have been such a shame to put this little guy to sleep.  He is the sweetest, most affectionate dog we have ever owned.

We may not be able to adopt a pet right now.  But we can probably provide some needed services at a shelter.

I read an article by Kenn Bell, the Dog Files creator.  The article is entitled, “The Most Important Dog Files Post Of The Year: Dog Files Opinion.”  In this article, Kenn talks about adopting a shelter dog but also some of the services we can provide to help fulfill the needs of these shelters.

Here is a quote from the article.  I encourage you to read the entire article to learn all of Kenn’s suggestions.

But hey, I’ve always been an optimist and with a brand new January comes a sense that this is the year things get better. And in turn, better for our beloved animals. The same animals that either prosper or suffer at our hands, but always, ALWAYS still love us unconditionally.

If you’ve been on the sidelines of animal welfare, seeing and reading what’s going on but that’s about it, 2013 would be a great year for you to help out. Many people start and stop by donating money, but there is so much more you can do to help. Let’s list them.

1. Donate money, time or materials to small, local, grass roots rescue groups that have been hit especially hard in this recession.

Of course they need money, but they also need folks to foster dogs in their homes while they look for adopters. Keeping the pups in a home environment, elevates the chance of them being adopted quicker because the dogs are relaxed and happy, which is usually the opposite of how they are if they sit in a loud, stressful kennel environment while waiting to be adopted.

Rescue groups also need dog food, dog treats, toys, beds, blankets, and medicine. In fact, just ask them what they need and I’m sure they will provide you with a list.

The complete article can be found here.  Please read all the article.  Kenn is writing from his heart.

Have you ever considered adopting a shelter dog?  Or have you actually adopted one?  If not, have you ever considered volunteering your services at a pet shelter?  Or maybe fostering a dog?   What a wonderful feeling to bring some joy into the lives of a few dogs!

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