There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when you stare into a dog’s eyes and say, “you’re the one.” After all, they’ve been patiently waiting for their opportunity to rescue a human, and you’ve appeared. While we naturally encourage you to adopt any day of the year, Saturday, April 30, is the official National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day.
Find Your New Best Friend!
Roughly 6.5 million animals wind up in animal shelters every year, with half of those being dogs. These animals are desperate for families to call their own, and just need the right person to find them and take them home.
Sadly, shelter space is always in high demand. Rather than shopping for a pup that may be the product of overbreeding, why not find a devoted companion at a shelter near you? Locally, we’re always happy to suggest you visit with the rescues available at Collier County Domestic Animal Services and Humane Society Naples. Petfinder is another great resource that connects you to pups in need from more than 11,000 shelters and rescues.
How You Can Help
Of course, adoption is the goal. However, if you can’t take in another pet, shelters are always happy to have volunteers help out. From walking pups to doing laundry or cleaning crates, there’s always something you can do to help make a dog’s life better.
You can also put the power of social media to work. Sharing pictures, videos, stories, and more spreads the word about these needy pups. Using hashtags and building awareness is a great way to inspire others to head to their local shelter and adopt.
If you’re looking to adopt, keep an open mind and heart as you walk through the shelter floor. While some pups are immediately outgoing, others may be overwhelmed by the noise and activity. If you spot one that appeals to you, ask to visit with them for a bit. Understand that they may need some time to exhibit their true personality, and go with your instincts.
Remember, They Need Time to Settle In
We don’t know what these pooches went through before arriving at the shelter or rescue. That’s why we suggest you follow what’s known as “The 3-3-3 Rule.” Put simply, you shouldn’t expect your new pup to be comfortable in their furever home until three months have elapsed. Here are the general guidelines, with the understanding that each dog is unique:
The First 3 Days: she may feel overwhelmed by her new surroundings. If she hides, seems disinterested in eating, or appears scared, that’s a normal part of her adjustment.
After 3 Weeks: she’s begun to settle in and understand that this is her home now. She should be adjusting to your routine and start exhibiting her true personality. This is when any behavioral issues may appear, so it’s the time you need to establish that you’re the pack leader.
After 3 Months: she should be completely at home. By now, you’ve built the trusting and unbreakable bond she needs to trust you fully. She won’t remember a time without your love, nor you hers.
At Pampered Pet Resorts, we’re experts at helping your new pup transition to their new way of life. Contact us to learn how our boarding and daycare programs can help reinforce the lessons you’re teaching at home.