Saturday, November 09 2019
Every single year, about 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters across the country. Of those companions, about 3.3 million are dogs, and 3.2 million are cats. Unfortunately, about 670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats in shelter services will be euthanized in shelters as staff struggle to make room for incoming pets.
That’s why so many pet parents go to shelters looking to give their special companion a forever-home. Of course, living in a shelter for however many days or years can have adverse effects on a dog, which is why shelter dogs should be approached with a special empathy and patience that will help them feel right at home.
How to Welcome a Shelter Dog
If you’ve just brought home your new best friend from the shelter, you might be wondering how you can set a scene that is as comfortable and welcoming to them as possible. You’re going to be a great pet parent!
It’s important to remember the dog was in a confined cage, next to other dogs, listening to snarls, barks, yelps, cries, and a slew of other noises for the duration of their life. They were not cuddled on the couch or talked to as they fell asleep. They are used to a rough life many of us don’t even want to think about, which is why they need to decompress when they adjust to their new lifestyle.
How can you help a shelter dog? Follow these tips:
Additionally, a shelter dog will eat their food very quickly. They have learned to be protective of their
Lastly, they may not sleep on their new pillow or bed because most times, they were used to
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