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 , at times, 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 is Ziggy

Ziggy is shy until he knows you and feels safe. He is learning to trust, loves being petted and having belly rubs. He will follow you around the yard. He knows sit and is learning to walk on a leash. He is unsure about what toys are for but shows interest in them.
Beautiful colors in his brindle coat.

Other available dogs

Sebastian- 4 month old Italian greyhound. Full of puppy energy and love.

Peanut Senior border collie/beagle blend. He will do best in a quiet home.

Willie-pit bull terrier. Loves to snuggle and have his belly rubbed.

Koda the Bear – He is in need of someone who will help him with his weight loss program. He needs to get plenty of exercise and a monitored diet. He loves going for walks

Ziggy- Dutch shepherd. Super sweet boy but he is shy until he feels comfortable with strangers.

Featured cat- Magnus

Magnus – SPECIAL NEEDS. Magnus has a slight neurological problem. He “wobbles” when he walks, this does not deter him from playing, running and jumping. He comes when called and loves attention. He is on special medication twice daily.

Other available cats

Izzy- Shy girl. Would be great in a quiet home. Likes being petted and brushed.

Meg – Calico Friendly. Plays with toys. Very laid back. Loves being brushed. Talkative.

Paris -She likes being where she can watch everyone and what is going on around her. Not a lap cat.

Bella- Very loving. Will follow you around, comes when called. She likes to be carried over your shoulder. Gives head butts and kisses.

We will soon be having another group of KITTENS available for adoption. Please check with the chelter.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 8:00 am until 4 pm Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), Saturday 11am-1pm , Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call – Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268

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

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