Adopt-A-Dog Month marked at local shelter
FRISCO – The Summit County Animal Shelter (SCAS), in partnership with American Humane, is celebrating October is Adopt-A-Dog Month.
The shelter needs help from Summit County locals to address pet overpopulation.
An older dog, a young puppy or a middle-aged mixed-breed can help improve your life by bringing love, loyalty and affection to your family.
SCAS has eight dogs in need of good homes and families. SCAS Director, Nancy Ring said that those contemplating bringing dogs into their homes should consider going to a shelter rather than a breeder or pet store.
“Typically, a mixed breed from an animal shelter won’t have the physical and genetic problems that purebreds have from inbreeding,” Ring said. “Also, it’s such a rewarding experience to adopt a rescued dog.”
Ring said the SCAS is a great place to find a new pet and that prospective owners shouldn’t assume that rescued pets will have behavioral problems.
“Not all shelter dogs have issues,” she said.
“And for those that do, most issues can be worked on.”
Through the expertise of the SCAS staff, the right match can be made for any new owner.
Ring said some dogs have problems with cats, for example, so the shelter will make sure that those dogs aren’t adopted by cat owners.
“We want to find the best fit, and we’ll do everything we can,” Ring said.
The American Humane offers several tips in finding the right shelter dog:
n Choose a dog that suits your personality. It is important to consider how much time you and your family will have to dedicate to the new dog.
n Choose a dog based on your family’s lifestyle, and make sure you have time to walk your dog at least once a day.
n Make sure your home is ready. Dogs, especially puppies, love to explore, making any house a possible hazard for your new pet. Keep trash cans covered, cabinet doors latched and cords and chemicals out of reach.
n Tag your dog. Animal shelters take in millions of lost dogs each year, and most of these pets are not wearing identification tags. Put a tag on your dog’s collar with your name, address and phone number. Be sure to keep your information current and update the tag whenever you move.
n Try obedience classes. Obedience classes are the best way to teach your dog good behavior and they are a great opportunity to bond with your new pet.
Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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