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Choosing a Shelter Dog

Choosing a shelter dog can often prove a better alternative than purchasing a pet from a breeder or pet store. Literally millions of abandoned dogs, mixed breeds and purebreds, enter animal shelters every year. The “adoption option” provides abandoned dogs with new homes, and also gives the potential dog owner an opportunity to select a more mature dog should the idea of raising and training a puppy not be overly appealing.

The decision of choosing a shelter dog is not one to be taken lightly. Depending upon the dog’s age, you could likely be caring for your pet for 10 to 20 years. And since adopting a dog requires such a commitment, you’ll want to be certain that you clearly understand the responsibilities and possible challenges associated with dog adoption. Before you visit your local animal shelter, consider the following: