October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and your local shelter invite you to visit a shelter and meet your new best friend.
Adopting a dog is a wonderful thing to do for the animal —and dogs help you in more ways than you might imagine. According to WebMD, a growing number of studies suggest kids growing up in a home with a cat or dog have less risk of allergies and asthma. Plus, heart attack patients who have pets survive longer than those without, according to several studies.
Did you know dog owners walk an average of 5 hours per week, while people without dogs walk only about 2 hours, 48 minutes?
If you have every considered volunteering for an animal shelter like I do, then check out the article on the Rachael Ray blog, 5 Ways to be a Better Volunteer.
Pet adoption links:
- Dog Adoption Checklist - Petfinder
- What Kind of Dog is Right for You? - Petfinder
- House Training Your Puppy | ASPCA
- Best Friends Animal Society
- Top 10 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog | ASPCA
- Should You Adopt a Puppy or an Adult or Senior Dog? - Petfinder
- National Dog Adoption Month - Can You Help?