(Passing along information from the folks at the Worcester Animal Rescue League — but I’d like to point out that there are lots of great animals available for adoption from WARL, including two chow chows. If you are interested in more information about my favorite breed, let me know.)
In celebration of American Humane Association’s national Adopt‐A‐Dog Month this October, Worcester Animal Rescue League (WARL) is asking prospective pet owners the question: What can an adopted dog bring to your life?
“There are as many responses to that question as there are dogs in this world,” said Allie Simone, Executive Director, WARL. “Whether you want an exercise buddy, a best friend for your child, a partner in agility competitions, a constant companion for an aging parent or simply a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work, an adopted dog can beall of these — and more. Adopt‐A‐Dog Month is the perfect time for people to adopt a shelter dog and experience the joy of finding their own answers.”
If you’re thinking about bringing an adopted dog into your family, here are some things to consider:
- Like children, dogs are completely dependent on their owners for all their needs — food, water, medical attention, exercise, shelter and, most important, companionship. But unlike children, dogs will never learn to pour themselves a drink, fix breakfast or clean up after themselves. Opening your home to a dog can be highly rewarding, as long as you understand and accept the daily responsibilities and routines that come with owning a dog.
- The qualities and personality you want in a dog are more important than size and appearance. For example, an older shepherd mix might do better than an energetic terrier in an apartment. Very often the pet that has the characteristics you’re looking for will come in an unexpected package.
For more tips on dog adoption, behavior and care, or to share your own dog adoption story, visit the American Humane Association’s online Adoption Center.
WARL has dogs of every type, size, age and personality waiting for loving homes. Visit us this October to find out what a shelter dog can bring to your life during Adopt–A‐Dog Month!