Adopting a Shelter Dog

Did you know that October is Adopt A Shelter Dog month? Animal shelters and rescues are overflowing with sweet, lovable dogs that desperately need forever homes. If you’re thinking of adopting a canine buddy, please consider going to a shelter to find your new pet. A Livonia, MI veterinarian discusses some of the benefits of adopting a shelter dog below.

Pick Your Perfect Match

Whether you’re looking for a big dog or little dog, an active dog or a couch potato, or a pup of a specific age or breed, chances are you’ll be able to find a pooch that suits your needs in a shelter. Additionally, shelters generally do some basic personality tests on dogs to determine what type of household is the best match for them. If you have a cat, for instance, you’ll be able to find a pup that will get along with Fluffy.

Meet N’ Greet

While sometimes people only need to take one look at an adorable furry face to know they’ve found their pet, this isn’t always the case. Choosing the right dog can be a difficult decision! Many shelters allow, and even encourage, taking some one-on-one time with your potential pet before making a final decision. This helps ensure that you’re making the right choice.

Lower Costs

It’s often cheaper to adopt from a shelter than it is to buy from a store or breeder. Shelters generally make sure that dogs are spayed or neutered and are current on all shots before making them available for adoption. You could save hundreds on veterinary costs alone!


Another benefit of adopting from a shelter is that many shelter dogs have already been trained. Many shelter pups have been pets before, and know what is expected of them.

Support Animal Welfare

When you adopt from a shelter instead of going to a pet store or breeder, you’re helping promote animal welfare, and supporting a good cause.

Save A Life

Knowing that you’ve saved the life of an animal in need is a truly profound and beautiful feeling. Our canine friends often seem to understand that they have been rescued, and repay their saviors with absolute devotion and unconditional love.

Remember, adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment. Think carefully before you adopt!

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Livonia, MI veterinary clinic, anytime!

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