Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month by saving a life

Looking to add a four-legged friend to your family? October has been designated as Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than to rescue one of the loving dogs just waiting for you at your local shelter. Every year, approximately 5 to 7 million dogs and cats enter US animal shelters and over half of those are euthanized. You can find wonderful dogs of every type at a shelter and by choosing to adopt, you have the satisfaction of saving a life and earning a lifetime of love and loyalty from your new furry friend. Still not convinced that a shelter dog is for you? We asked people who have adopted a shelter dog to tell us about their rescue dog; here’s what we learned:

LeAnne told us “They do seem to know they were given a 2nd chance. The 3 we’ve had are amazing. Smart, happy & full of love!!”

Michela shared the photo of Enzo, below, and tweeted: “I do foster and rescue 4 past 3 years. They are so appreciative of life and well behaved.”

Enzo

Jenna  writes: “This is Raisha age 4 (on L) and Skye age 2 (on R). Both were adopted separately from the buddy center in castle rock Colorado. Raisha was turned over at 1 year and 3 months old, she was horribly skinny and had elbow dysplasia. She was kept in a 5′ by 5′ pen on a cement slab with 4 other dogs, not let inside at all. I saved up my pennies for a year to get her an elbow scope. She’s much better now, and of course packed on some pounds. Skye was turned over as a pup because her owners couldn’t find her a home. She is now a medical alert service dog (alerting to my seizures) and we visit hospitals often to visit epileptic children. I love my rescued pups they have been the best things to have entered my life and I am so blessed to have them!!”

Raisha and Skye

Last but not least, Christina shares her photo of Soldier and writes: I adopted my Soldier 13 years ago. He was 12 lbs. underweight and abused. It took us almost a year to turn him around. My baby is sweet and affectionate. He always has a smile on his face. Other than age related issues my vet says he is healthy and a ‘dream patient.’ Here is a pic of my Momma’s boy. This is him around Halloween. He’s a lover, hugger, kisser–not a biter or a fighter.”

Soldier was adopted 13 years ago

So what are you waiting for? Grab a leash and a carrier and head on down to your local shelter; your new best friend is there just waiting for you.

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