Adopt a dog. From a shelter. Please don’t go buy one from a store or a breeder.
There are so many dogs living in shelters. And while the shelters do the best they can, they are non-profit organizations that don’t have much money to spread around. The animals live in conditions that could use a drastic change. A change like moving from a shelter to your home!
Also, consider adopting an older dog. Even better, adopt a large breed. Large breed, full grown dogs stay in shelters much longer than puppies or lap dogs. But they are equally lovable. Some even more so. Its like a cute little dog on steroids minus the annoying yip. Win-win all the way around.
October was the national Adopt a Shelter Dog month, but I assure you, its still okay to do it now. So take a look around your house, does it seem like you have enough room for a dog? If not, take a look around other people’s houses! Encourage everyone you know to go get a dog from your local Rescue League or Humane Society.
And at the risk of stealing Bob Barker’s signature sign off, don’t forget to have your pets spayed or neutered.