You've done your homework, and you're ready to check out local shelters and rescue organizations to pick up a pooch — congratulations! Before you walk in the door, be prepared for these six common requests . . . and save the look of surprise for all the adorable faces you see, not for the adoption counselor!
Without a home but not without hope, animals in shelters have to fight uphill battles based on all the myths about their situations. We've come up with 10 common misconceptions about these pups and broken it down into the honest truth — get started and see for yourself in honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog month!
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is not quite over, and Lauren Conrad is doing her part to help the abundance of pooches looking for love all across the country. Stopping by her local shelter last week, the style icon unexpectedly scooped up a friend for her other rescue pal, 4-year-old Chloe. Dubbed Fitz, the teeny pup seems to be getting along splendidly with his new family and living the good life, taking plenty of naps and even helping mom with the laundry.
Of course, there are plenty of adorable adult and senior dogs who need homes, too, so don't pass up a companion with a little gray on his nose. In the meantime, we can still gush over this aww-mazing pup!
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Some folks believe that shelters only house big, high energy pooches, and while there are plenty of them to go around for people who like the extra activity, some homes can accommodate only pint-sized pups. If your apartment is the perfect sanctuary for a tiny tot, check out your local shelters and rescues before you call up the breeder. You'll be surprised at how many cute and compact canines are in need of an adoring family. It's Adopt a Shelter Pet Month, and while we encourage this practice year-round, here's a sampling of 10 lovable littles that you can find among the thousands of pets awaiting you on Petfinder.
Before you head straight for the babes, check out five solid reasons to start with the big guys:
- Break-ins — Potty training is no joke, especially for newbies. When you get a dog at an older age, especially one who has spent time in a foster home, much of the most difficult part is already done. Starting with an already housebroken, or almost housebroken, pet is easier than starting from scratch.
- Miracle grown — It would be quite the shock to adopt what you expect to be a small pooch and end up with someone more akin to a St. Bernard. If you get a dog as an adult, you know that your teensy pooch is not gonna become large and in charge in a few months.
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Tomorrow is Petfinder's Adopt the Internet Day! We'll be featuring all kinds of adoptable animals throughout the day tomorrow, but in the meantime, if you're thinking about getting a pup, make sure you can answer "yes" to the following nine questions first.
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Maybe you've already fallen in love with a certain breed, but you really want to give a needy dog a home. Don't think that breeders or pet stores are your only option for purebreds — check out these five other starting spots to get the exact furry face you want, and feel good about the process.
I love a cool shirt and these have a cool cause, too. Much More Than Me supports October's Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and aims to remind people about all the shelter dogs needing homes and the importance of rescuing these pups. Messages with furry-faced reminders are printed on each tee so you can even educate others with your own fashion choices.Twenty-five percent of shirt sales go directly to shelters and rescues nationwide. In fact, you can choose the organization yourself when purchasing. How cool is that? See some of my favorite designs in the widget below.
Overpopulation is a big problem facing many shelters around the country. There are too many hungry mouths and furry faces, and simply not enough room so test yourself about rescue facts and numbers in this quiz.Take the Quiz
It's a sad fact we know to be true, but pets in shelters are often overlooked. Not only are there preconceived notions about these animals, but the reality is that some people just don't check out the lonely furballs in these locations. In order to draw attention to their plight, the Shelter Pet Project created some clever PSAs. Don't worry, they're using humor to pull on your heartstrings.
See one more video — with a smooshy Boston Terrier — when you read more