We celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month in October by helping to raise awareness about the importance of adopting, rather than shopping, and also helping potential dog owners understand all of the benefits of welcoming a dog into your life.

The Top 5 Reasons to Adopt a Dog

1. You Save More Than One Life
Most animal shelters struggle with being overcrowded. When you adopt a dog from a shelter, you not only save your dog’s life but you also create more space in the shelter and free up resources for another animal to live and receive care.
2. Dogs Are Good for You
Dogs are good for both your mental and physical health. Dogs provide companionship, give you something to love, and can help you meet new people at the dog park or in puppy training classes. Dogs are also good for your physical health because they keep you active on walks and provide calming energy that can release endorphins and lower blood pressure.
3. You’ll Have a New Best Friend
When you adopt a dog from a shelter, they will seriously appreciate you and the comfort they find in their new home. As a result, you’ll have a new best buddy who sticks by loyally through thick and thin.
4. You Help Fight Abusive Breeding Practices
Not all dog breeders are bad, but there are a lot of puppy mills that have abusive breeding practices that do not protect the comfort, happiness, and health of their breeding dogs. Adopting from a shelter ensures you do not inadvertently support an abusive puppy mill.
5. Adopting Is Less Expensive Than Shopping
Adopting a dog from an animal shelter is almost always less expensive than purchasing a dog. While most animal shelters charge a small adoption fee, the fee is minimal and usually includes the pet’s first round of vaccinations in addition to a spay or neuter surgery.

Start Your New Life Right With a Veterinary Appointment in Houston

If you decide to adopt a dog in October or any time of the year, we welcome you to establish your new pet’s care at TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic in Houston. We’ll perform a new pet examination and ensure your pet has the vaccinations, parasite preventatives, and everything else he or she needs to live a long, healthy, and happy life with you.