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Articles and Advice from our Pet Expert

5 Ways to Sniff Out Your New BFF During National Adopt-A-Dog Month

I’ll never forget Chilly’s adoption day. We went to the animal shelter looking for a cat, and we came home with an adorable, 8 week old Labrador-something mix. We were planning to adopt a dog, AFTER a cat, but as life would have it, it happened the opposite way.

October will be adoption day for thousands of lucky dogs across the country. That’s because The American Humane Association has declared October “Adopt-a-Dog Month”! With millions of wonderful pups patiently waiting in shelters, this event raises much-needed awareness and helps encourage adoptions. So if you’ve been thinking about bringing home a new canine companion, there’s never been a better time.

Adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue not only saves a life but provides the adopter with countless benefits as well. Companionship, improved physical and emotional health, social interaction and devoted love are just a few of the plus-sized perks of having a dog.

So if you’re ready to take the plunge, what’s the best way to find your perfect pal? Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Online Search
  2., and The Shelter Project are just a few of the many online resources that make it easy and convenient to begin the process. In addition to plenty of cute pup pics, these sites often have terrific educational resources and articles to assist you in selecting the pet that’s right for your lifestyle.

  3. Local Shelter
  4. If you believe in love at first sight, this is where it can happen! Both municipal and private shelters will have staff on hand to help guide you and give you more info about their dogs. Another advantage is the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with individual dogs to get a feel for their personalities and whether they’re a good fit for your family.

  5. Rescue Groups
  6. If you want to adopt but have your heart set on a particular breed, private rescue groups are a great choice. The process may be a bit more rigorous than a shelter’s protocol; but because these dogs often live in foster homes, you may get a better idea of the their personality and quirks. And of course, many rescues take in mighty mutts, too!

  7. PetSmart Stores
  8. Instead of selling puppy mill puppies, PetSmart has chosen a more responsible route. They open their doors to rescues and shelters, giving adoptable pets a chance to be seen outside the shelter environment by the larger public. So why not stop by PetSmart, check out all the adorable pooches and grab your new companion a few toys while you’re at it?

  9. Pet-Friendly Events
  10. Keep your nose to the ground for pet-friendly events in your area like festivals and expos. Often, rescues and shelters will attend with the hope of finding homes for their dogs. And because these events welcome both pets and people, you can even bring your own dog along to let them meet and greet on neutral turf.

Can’t adopt right now? You can still help! When you purchase BISSELL pet products, the company donates a portion of the proceeds to the BISSELL Pet Foundation. And in celebration of Adopt-a-Dog Month, BISSELL will be doubling their donations for the entire month of October!

The mission of this charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is to help reduce the number of animals in shelters and to support organizations dedicated to the humane care and treatment of animals through pet adoption, spay neuter programs, microchipping and foster care. Learn more about the BISSELL Pet Foundation and how your purchases help make a difference

Ready, set, ADOPT! See adorable pictures of my own adopted pets (along with ways to live happier and healthier with pets) at my website, Kristen Levine Pet Living.

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Written by:
Kristen Levine, Pet Living Expert

October 2, 2014

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