October is national Adopt-A-Dog month, and the James Brennan Memorial Humane Society is asking prospective pet owners to consider this question: What can an adopted dog bring into your life?
Whether you want an exercise buddy, a best friend for you or your child, 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 be all of these things 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 are 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 their needs - food, water, medical attention, exercise 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.
The Humane Society has dogs of different types, sizes and personalities waiting for loving homes. Visit us this month to find out what a shelter dog can bring to your life during Adopt-A-Dog month. We are a private, nonprofit, compassionate organization dedicated to securing permanent, responsible, loving homes for the animals of Fulton County.
Board member and volunteer
James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society