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Adopting a Shelter Dog

October 1, 2017

Did you know that October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month? If you are planning on bringing a new pet into your home, please consider going to a shelter to find your new canine pal. Read on as a local Ashburn, VA vet discusses adopting shelter dogs.

Why Adopt From A Shelter?

There are many reasons to consider adopting from a shelter. First and foremost, you’ll be giving that one special pet a second chance at happiness and a new lease on life. You’ll also be supporting animal welfare, as the fees you pay for Fido’s adoption will help the shelter provide food, medical care, and housing to their other furry wards. You may even save yourself some money, as shelter dogs are typically fixed and current on their vaccinations and parasite control.

Meeting Fido

One wonderful thing about adopting from shelters is that you will be able to pick from a wide variety of adorable pups. Whether you are looking for a dog that is a specific breed, age, size, or color, you’ll likely find exactly what you are looking for. Although some people only need to take one look at an adorable furry face to know they’ve found their new furry friend, you can—and should—spend some time with Fido before making a final decision. After all, adopting a pet is a lifelong commitment!


Before you bring your canine pal home, you’ll need to do a bit of shopping. Fido will need bedding, treats, toys, a collar or harness, a leash, waste baggies, dishes, grooming supplies, food, and a crate or carrier. If you have a yard, you may also want to get your four-legged buddy a doghouse!

The First 30 Days

Shelter dogs are often very sweet, loving, and loyal. However, your new pet may need some time to adjust to his new home. We recommend starting your canine pal out in a quiet back room with his things, so he has a comfy, cozy place to settle in. Use a baby gate, so your pup can still see, hear, and interact with you. Don’t force attention on your canine friend. Just offer him great TLC and lots of love, as well as toys, treats, and, of course, ear scritches.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Call us, your local Ashburn, VA animal clinic, anytime!