October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

Have you been searching for a loyal, lifelong companion? This may very well be the month for you to find that special someone. If you are looking for a dog, look in your local shelter. Animal shelters/Rescues are simply brimming with happy, healthy dogs just waiting for the perfect family to take them home.

By adopting from a shelter or rescue group, you are helping to save the lives of two animals: the dog you adopt and a homeless pup somewhere who can be rescued because of the space you have freed up.

Remember, the love of a pet is unconditional and it will last for years and years to come. Studies have shown that the mere presence of a pet can help lower heart rate and blood pressure, relieve stress, and actually add years to our lives. So why not celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month by saving the life of a homeless dog while you extend your own?

Consider pet ownership a lifetime commitment – a lifetime of food, water, companionship and love. When selecting a dog, keep these factors in mind:

  • Size and space requirements
  • How much time will you have to spend with your dog
  • Activity levels
  • Live in an apartment? Then consider size and exercise needs of animal
  • Fur factor
  • Trainability
  • Research different breeds and temperaments
  • Do you have small children?
  • Regular visits to the veterinarian are necessary for the health of your dog. Unexpected visits are also a consideration when you own a dog, so make sure you are ready for the financial commitment as much as the emotional commitment of having a dog

Nothing says “welcome home” like a wagging tail and a pair of warm, loving eyes. Animal shelters always have a wide variety of pets to choose from including mixed and purebred dogs in a range of colors, sizes, ages, and oh the personalities.

When bringing home your new family member. Make your pet feel welcome in his new home by stocking up on some basic supplies before bringing him home. A new collar and leash, food, dog bowl, crate or dog bed and some fun toys are a good start.

The shelter also has for adoption kittens, cats an occasional rabbit, Guinea pig, ferret or bird. All animals at the shelter are looking for a home and someone to love and care for them. They will repay you with love and companionship for years to come.

Who can argue with receiving unconditional love?  Ask anyone who’s adopted a rescue dog:  these dogs seem to know that they have been saved and return that favor a thousand-fold in love and affection!

Adopting a shelter dog can be a truly rewarding experience, and it gives a dog a second chance at life.

Duke 9-29-14 001Featured Dog: Duke

Hey guys! My name is Duke. I am a very inventive boy and I can turn any ordinary day into an adventure. I would be thrilled to accompany my new pet-parents on their athletic pursuits and outdoor adventures. I am always on the go, so I hope you are active like me! I would like going on runs, hikes, or long walks in the neighborhood. I’m a lovable companion seeking a special home where I’ll be a cherished member of the family. Beautiful golden eyes and a black-brown brindle coat. 15 months old. He loves toys and playing. Knows sit. Well mannered. Duke would need a family with previous dog experience. He is gentle and doesn’t jump.

Other available dogs:

Raj Male German shepherd blend. Very calm and gently dog.





Featured Cat:  Frito and Pringle

Brother and sister. 11 week old kittens. Full of energy and kitten curiosity. Love playing with toys and empty boxes. Have their first set of vaccinations.

Other available cats:

Paisley- Calico DECLAWED Only cat in home please.

Cleo Female white long hair. Golden eyes. May have some hearing loss. Quiet and shy.

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximated.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268.

The animals submitted to the media may have changes so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com.