October Is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) will be celebrating October as Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month to encourage Americans to turn their houses into homes by adopting a shelter dog. Each year, millions of dogs enter our nation’s shelters, yet of the approximately 59 million owned dogs in this country, less than 20 percent are shelter adoptees.

Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month also helps bring attention to the pet overpopulation faced in every state, county and town in America. Many animals are being euthanized with out a second chance to find a home. That is why it is important to have your pets spayed and neutered and to seek out your new companion from a shelter.

Man’s best friend

They save lives, protect people, they are used to fight crime and wars, they are adorned as service dogs for the handicapped, yet shelters are full of so many unwanted dogs.

Some people may not realize that the abandoned, unwanted and neglected dogs and puppies that come through the doors of Payson Humane Society can make wonderful companions and family pets.

Payson Humane Society has many great adoption programs, including the Senior to Senior Adoption program which matches senior pets with senior people. The health benefits of pet ownership have been long established. Statistics show dog owners on average have lower blood pressure, fewer bouts of depressions and often exercise more.

Also children who have dogs generally learn at a young age the responsibility and the life-long commitment that comes with owning a pet.

When visiting the Payson Humane Society, the staff is readily available to assist with questions about adoptable animals. They will work closely with interested individuals and families to find the right companion to fits your lifestyle. Home visits and follow-up visits are done as needed.

With each adoption, a free training lesson is offered by a local trainer to ensure you and your companion get off to the right start. All adoptable animals have already been spayed or neutered, and are current on shots and have a micro-chip implanted for permanent identification.

Please come and visit your local animal shelter at 812 S. McLane Road. If it’s not in October, make it anytime you’re looking for your new best friend.

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