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Adopting a Shelter Dog

October 1, 2020

It’s Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! This is a wonderful cause, and one we are happy to support. Many of our favorite patients were adopted from shelters. This is a great way to find your new canine buddy! A Virginia Beach, VA veterinarian discusses adopting a shelter pup below.



There are some really great reasons to get Fido from a shelter. For one thing, you’ll be able to pick your pet from a variety of adorable furry faces. You may also find that going through a shelter is easy on the wallet, especially in comparison to going through stores or breeders. You may even be able to get a pup that has already been trained. Last but not least, this is just a wonderful way to promote good animal welfare. You’ll be freeing up much-needed space in the kennel, supporting the shelter financially, and setting a great example. 


Finding Fido

Whether you’re looking for an active, fun pooch to take on hikes, or a snuggle buddy to quietly hang out with, there’s a good chance that you will find the perfect pet in a shelter. Spend some time with your furry new friend before making a final decision. You’ll also want to make sure that Fido is a good fit for your household, lifestyle, and budget. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You may be able to find out quite a bit about your potential pet. Most importantly, be sure that you are ready, willing, and able to care for your pup for the rest of his life. Adoption is forever! 



A trip to the pet store is in order. Don’t go before choosing your dog, as many of the items you’ll need are size or age specific. Your list should include basics like food, toys, treats, bedding, grooming supplies, dishes, waste baggies, and a tie-out line. We also recommend getting a pet first-aid kit and a sturdy crate. 


Getting Settled

Going to a new home is a huge change for Fido. It’s adorable seeing how happy dogs get when they realize they’ve been adopted! Don’t forget to snap some photos of the big day. Just keep in mind that your canine pal may need time to adjust. Ask your vet for tips on helping your pooch settle in.


As your Virginia Beach, VA vet clinic, we’re always happy to help. Call us anytime! 

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