Mans best friend could be a shelter dog PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 October 2009 00:00
    In conjunction with October being Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, your next best friend could be a shelter dog. There are over 10 million animals that go into shelters each year; for Washington County there are between 1,000 to 1,200 taken to the Humane Society of Washington County. With this many animals being taken to local shelters, we as a community need to help control the pet population by having our pets spayed or neutered as this would drastically help reduce the number of animals taken in to the shelter. With money being tight right now, it is hard to come up with an extra $100 to pay for a spay or  neuter. One of the perks of adopting from the shelter is the spay and neuter cost is included with the adoption fee, along with a rabies vaccination. At the Washington County Shelter the adoption fee for a dog is $55. For only $55 your new pet will be spayed or neutered,  receive a rabies vaccination and mircochipped for a safe return home, if lost. Think of this as money going to a charity, because, in fact, the money for adoptions goes into providing more animals a chance at a better life. Each animal that comes to the shelter is provided food, water and place to rest until that special someone comes to take them home.
    Talking with several adopters, they each have the same feelings of adopting from a shelter; they would never hesitate in adopting again. If you stop to think of the the possible life the dogs have had prior to being rescued or taken to the shelter, these dogs have had to find their own food, shelter and have had little or no contact with people. This being said, when a shelter dog becomes part of your family they are loyal and thankful to you for rescuing them.
    For a potential adopter, you must be ready for a commitment for many years, both financially and emotionally. Questions you need to ask yourself before making that commitment are:
Who will be the primary caregiver of the animal? Such as, who will feed and water, take for walks or to the vet?
Is your family in agreement on what kind of pet best suits your family's lifestyle? Is your family one that is on the run or a family that stays home?
Can your family financially afford a pet?
Are you and your family willing to give the time to train your pet?
Are you or your family allergic to any certain breed or hair type?
If this new furry friend is going to added to other existing pets in your household, how will the pets get along?
    As you see there are many questions and planning that goes into adding a new family member to your household. Just remember that the extra work is definitely worth the reward you will receive with a happy and healthy new member of your family.
    If you have questions regarding the animal shelter, please call 883-3673 and they will be glad to answer any questions your might have. Adoption hours at the Salem Animal Shelter are Monday through Friday 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 October 2009 07:42