My
dog, Pete, attracts lots of attention on our walks—he jumps for joy like his
legs are made of pogo sticks, seeming to defy gravity as he launches his
sizable frame skyward. Along with “Did you teach him to do that?!”
(answer: no), people are always asking me, “Where did you get him?” I
guess they just assume that I bought Pete from a breeder, because his flowing
mane resembles a golden retriever’s. It’s fun to see their surprise when I tell
them that Pete is a mutt and that I adopted him from an animal shelter.

October
is “Adopt a Shelter Dog” Month, and if you’re ready to commit to
caring for a canine companion, there is no better place to find your new best
friend than a shelter or rescue group. Shelters
are overflowing with dogs of all ages, personalities, and sizes—mutts and
purebreds. Just make sure that your lifestyle,
activity level, and experience will make you a good fit for the animal you’re
considering. For a nominal adoption fee—hundreds less than what breeders
typically charge—your new family member will likely go home neutered, vaccinated,
dewormed, and microchipped.

Pete
has become such an important part of my life that it’s difficult to think about
what might have happened if I hadn’t adopted him. Every year, shelters must euthanize
3 to 4 million dogs and cats because breeders, pet stores, and people who don’t
have their animals sterilized bring more animals into a world that is already tragically short on good homes.
Let’s help change that this October by having our animal companions spayed and neutered
and opening our hearts and homes to a lovable, one-of-a-kind dog from a
shelter.

 

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post

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Article source: PETA Files

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