October is here and once again it's time to celebrate dog adoption. This month is American Humane Association's Adopt-A-Dog month and Petfinder.com's Adopt-A-Dog month. Both events promote and encourage dog adoption as a way to find forever homes for the growing number of homeless dogs in animal shelters and rescue groups.
Dog adoption is something very near and dear to my heart all year round. Adopting a dog can be a wonderful and rewarding experience. Did you know that many of the dogs in shelters and rescues are housetrained and socialized? Also, a great number of them are purebred dogs. If you are ready for a dog, why not consider a visit to your local shelter or rescue group first? If someone you know is interested in getting a dog, suggest adoption and offer to come along for moral support. Just talking about dog adoption throughout the year can help raise awareness.
If you have never adopted a dog, or if you just want some more information, check out this dog adoption guide for help. If you have adopted a dog, we want to hear all about it! Consider submitting your dog's story and photos. You can also read inspiring adoption stories from readers like you.