Adopting a Shelter Dog

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! Of course, we’re always thrilled to see dogs getting second chances. Shelters are overflowing with cute pooches that desperately want someone to take them home, love them, and care for them. Here, a Cameron Park, CA vet discusses adopting shelter dogs.


Adopting a shelter dog is definitely something you can feel great about. For one thing, you’re giving that one special pooch a new lease on life. That’s a wonderful thing to do! You may also find it very fulfilling, as you’ll be rewarded with Fido’s friendship, loyalty, and unconditional love, not to mention tail wags and puppy kisses. Plus, you’ll be helping the shelter provide food and care for other homeless pups, rather than filling the pockets of a disreputable puppy-mill breeder or pet store.

Finding Fido

Are you looking for a certain type of dog? Many rescues work with specific breeds. If you just have a general idea of what you’re looking for, go to the shelter and take a look. You’ll find all sorts of adorable dogs, from cuddly lapdogs to big, goofy family dogs! Just remember to let your heart guide you. It’s also worth mentioning that some dogs have a harder time finding forever homes than others. Don’t automatically pass by that sweet senior dog or the pooch with hearing problems. Sometimes these unwanted pups make the best pets!

The First Month

When you get Fido home, you’ll want to immediately get him started on what will be his normal routine for walks, meals, and playtime. A trip to the vet’s is definitely in order. Otherwise, just let your new pet settle in. Make your canine buddy feel safe and loved by offering doggy luxuries like toys, treats, and comfy beds.


It will take some time for you to get to know Fido. Keep in mind that your furry friend may have some phobias that you don’t know about. He’ll also be much more likely to bolt in panic during the first few weeks, before he’s really settled in. When walking your canine pal, use a strong leash, and keep a good grip on it. If you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate.

As your Cameron Park, CA vet clinic, we love watching shelter dogs blossom and thrive. Contact us anytime!

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