We’ve all heard just how important it is to adopt a dog rather than purchase one from a store. But October is here, reminding us once more of this important cause. This month is National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, raising awareness to the possibility of welcoming a pooch from a shelter into your home.

Still not convinced? Once you’re 100% certain you’re ready to welcome a furry friend into your family, peruse this list for a few added perks of adopting a dog: An adopted shelter dog running around the yard after finding her forever home.

1) They come prepared! As ASPCA points out, it’s common for dogs to have already been spayed, neutered, and vaccinated by the shelter. These essential responsibilities have already been taken care of, giving you more time to bond with your dog rather than schedule time out of your day to finish off this task.

2) Decisions, decisions! RadioFence notes that you’ll encounter more options at an animal shelter. There is a wider variety of breeds at a shelter, and on top of dogs, you’ll encounter cats and even birds to to check out!

3) Kid friendly? When you’re buying a puppy, it’s hard to tell just what kind of personality he or she will develop. But when you’re getting a shelter dog, a parent could narrow down their options by considering a dog who lived well with kids in the past, ASPCA notes. For children under the age of seven, PetFinder strongly recommends getting a pooch over five months of age and more than fifteen pounds in weight. A puppy's sharp "milk teeth" and a young child do not make a good fit, as it could result in injury if the pup teethes or scratches on the child, adds the website.

Does adoption sound like a good fit? If so, don’t forget DoggieLawn is a great potty option for puppies and elderly dogs alike! You can keep our real grass patch neatly tucked away into your home, keeping your dog away from pollen this time of the year. Simply place your dog sod litter box inside your apartment for an outdoor-free experience. Your outdoor dog litter box can easily be used indoors, and picking up your dog’s potty is a breeze since it’s all contained on the dog litter box. We also carry poop baggies that come in a variety of colors and fun patterns to match your stylish pooch!

Sources: http://www.radiofence.com/the-top-5-benefits-of-adopting-a-pet/
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/adop...
https://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/dog-adoption/before-dog-adoption/
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