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.
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.
What can you do to help if you are not in the position to adopt a dog at this time? Help a dog find a loving home by contributing your time by becoming a volunteer at the local shelter. You can help walk and play with the animals, assist with animal adoptions. By being a shelter volunteer, you give those animals waiting for adoption some of your time and love. You can give as little as two hours a month or two hours a week. Nothing makes you feel better than giving an animal a treat and knowing it is the first time he has had anything special. Or, throwing a toy for a dog and realizing this is the first time anyone has really played with him/her. Information and applications for becoming a volunteer is available at the shelter in Mesquite.
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.
For a listing of animals available for adoption at the shelter check www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com .
Also, www.petfinder.com/shelters/NV68.html for animals available through We Care for Animals a local rescue organization.
The Mesquite Animal Shelter is located at 795 Hardy Way, Mesquite, NV.
Phone: 702-346-5268 (voicemail) or 702-346-7415 (11am-1pm, Mon to Sat)
Animal adoptions Monday through Saturday 11am-1pm and 1pm-3pm on Sunday
Pharaoh- big squeezable soft pit bull terrier. Recently had eye surgery. Very strong but easily handled loves belly rubs.
Other available dogs-
Blondie- terrier blend. Shy easily handled
Featured cat- Sissy
Beautiful bright colored calico. Friendly and easily handled. Loves playing with toys or watching the world go by beside you.
Other available cats
Paris – quiet and laid back. Special diet
Mr. Whiskers – 8 years. Large cat. Loves everyone and watching everything.
Katy – Beautiful coat. Friendly but quiet. Comes for attention
Carmex – Friendly comes when called. Loves being petted
Jazzy – 15 yr Just wants to watch everything. Likes being petted.
Cloudy – 10 yr extra large DECLAWED, likes being petted but does not like being picked up
Morris – 10 yr orange DECLAWED, likes being petted on head but does not like being picked up or 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