Posted on October 28, 2012
The end of October is rapidly approaching, but there is still time to celebrate and appreciate Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month! Might you or someone you know be looking for a new canine family member? If so, I encourage a visit to your local shelter.
Even if a purebred dog is your heart’s desire, the shelter is a great place to begin your search. Believe it or not, many purebred dogs wind up in shelter situations. My one caveat- I encourage adoption from shelters that provide staffing to perform thorough pre-adoption temperament testing and health screening. These evaluations increase the likelihood of finding permanent homes for shelter dogs.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is celebrating Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month by hosting a live on line stream event on October 30th at 7:00 PM EST. This program will feature ASPCA behavior experts talking about bringing a new dog into the home.
Please share your own story in the public comments about adopting a shelter dog and I will enter your name into a prize drawing. The lucky winner will receive a wonderful gift basket filled with goodies for you and your pooch. Thanks to the ASPCA for donating this terrific prize. I look forward to reading your stories!
Nancy Kay, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Author of Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet
Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
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Please visit http://www.speakingforspot.com to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot and Your Dog’s Best Health. There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot and Your Dog’s Best Health are available at www.speakingforspot.com, Amazon.com, local bookstores, and your favorite online book seller.