October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) sponsors this event to promote the adoption of dogs from local shelters.

According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. When these abandoned and often abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home and their potential is limitless. Some of the benefits of adoption are often hidden. Human and canine both enjoy increased activity and social interaction through daily walks. Humans develop patience as they learn the ways of their new four-legged companion. Dogs explore the many scents of the human lifestyle, usually discovering shoes are off limits.

No matter the breed, size or demeanor of the human, er, canine, the shelter will take the time to find the right home for their animals. They schedule visits and have procedures in place to promote healthy adoptions for families and individuals. While some dogs have experienced injury or illness, the shelters work with veterinarians to heal the animals before making them available for adoption.

October is also National Animal Safety and Prevention Month; a month dedicated to promoting the safe practices of handling and caring for both domestic and wild animals. Animals play an important part in our everyday lives, even if we don’t personally have pets. So, it’s vital to make sure that they are treated kindly and with the respect and care they deserve.

There are several ways you can participate in National Animal Safety and Prevention Month. Some of them are as simple as being aware of the needs of your own household pets.

For example, make sure they are micro-chipped so if they are ever lost, they can be easily found and returned; collars with identification tags are also just as important. Pet proof your home against the possibility of your animals coming in contact with any dangerous poisons or toxins. Put together a disaster escape plan in case you ever need to evacuate your pets quickly from the home. There are plenty of things you can do to take that extra step in making sure your pets are protected in all circumstances. Remember with Halloween around the corner there are many dangers for our pets. Chocolates, sugars, and a constant opening and closing of doors. We need to be extra cautious.

Plan a trip to the zoo. This is fun for people with or without children. Take the time to educate children about animal care while they’re still young. Education helps them gain a healthy appreciation of animals when become adults.

National Animal Safety and Prevention Month is a wonderful opportunity to remind people of the importance of animals in our everyday lives. Though it’s only one month out of the year, these safety practices should be observed all year round. With better safety practices, we can all lead happier and healthier lives.

We are proud to welcome Dr. Anne Davies to our team here at Keystone Animal Hospital. Dr. Anne will be working Fridays, and as fill in when we need her. As we grow, we want to continue to provide all the means necessary to meet the needs of our clients and furry family members. Visit our website for a full bio. under TEAM

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