Adopting A Shelter Dog

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! It’s always sad to realize how many of our canine companions are in shelters or foster care. Dogs generally end up in shelters through no fault of their own, usually by sheer misfortune. If you’re looking for a new pup, please consider going through a shelter. An Aurora, CO vet discusses adopting shelter dogs below.


There are some very special benefits to adopting from a shelter. First and foremost, you’re doing something to promote good animal welfare. Not only will you be helping that one lucky canine get a new lease on life, you’re also freeing up space and resources that the shelter can then use to help another homeless pet. Going through a shelter is often a lot cheaper than adopting from a breeder. Most of the time, shelter dogs are already fixed, which is another thing off your plate. Plus, shelters typically do some work and testing with pups, to get an idea of their needs and personalities. This is very helpful if you are, for instance, looking for a cat-friendly pooch.

Finding Fido

Are you looking for a dog of a specific color or breed? Don’t assume that you won’t have any luck at a shelter. There are all sorts of breed-specific rescues out there! It may just take a little longer. Or, you may want to consider having a dog transported.

Getting Settled

It’s probably safe to say that Fido’s Gotcha Day is going to be the most important day of his life. It’s a pretty big one for you, too! Just keep in mind that pets need time to adjust to major changes. Even if your canine buddy is over the moon to realize he’s been adopted, you’ll want to start slowly. Do some puppyproofing, and get your new pooch started on his new doggy routine right away. Keep in mind that your four-legged friend may have some quirks you don’t know about yet. He might be frightened of storms, or be afraid of certain people or objects. Just focus on giving your furry pal great care. It’s a truly profound experience to watch a dog thrive with love after having gone through some rough patches!

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. As your Aurora, CO animal clinic, we’re happy to help!

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