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
- 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.
Featured dog- Cory
Cory is a 7 month old lab blend. Her owners could no longer keep her. she is a happy girl who knows sit, shake and loves people and to play with toys. She is doing well with her leash training. She is an active puppy and will need exercise and attention to help her become an even greater dog.
Other available dogs
Snow 6 month old pit bull. He is a gentle dog that loves everyone he meets. He will be a big dog
Found as a stray When he came to shelter he was very shy and afraid . He now seeks out attention, will come when called and loves to be petted. He is a large gentle cat and will need a quiet home. He loves his treats. He still likes to cover his head with his blanket but watches and waits for you to come and give him the attention he craves and deserves.
Other available cats
Lindy- 6 month old who never stops playing. She is a people pleaser. White whiskers.
Luna- 1 1/2 year old beautiful white and gray long hair. She is friendly and loves being brushed.
All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.
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 changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com
Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER