October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog month.  There are some things that a person needs to consider before adopting a shelter dog, or any other dog for that matter.  Especially if it's a puppy.

Q: HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE READY TO ADOPT A DOG? 

And having your home ready is a real deal.  When our dog was a puppy he gnawed on EVERYTHING!  We got some chew toys for teething, but wow... was no match for our puppy at the time.  Eventually he did grow out of that phase, but for about a year he was really a handful.  He's only 10 pounds, and he would still try and drag shoes, boots, sandals, etc around the house.  Nothing was safe.  Everyone had to either put shoes in a closet or up on a chair or stool or suffer the consequences.  Fun times.

Laura Bradshaw

In the end it's definitely worth it, but it's going to be work with any dog.

There are also some misconceptions about adopting from a shelter or rescue:

Q: WHAT MISCONCEPTIONS DO PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT ADOPTING FROM A SHELTER OR RESCUE?

So, if you are thinking about adopting a new fur baby... consider some of these things, and check out the Tri-County Humane Society.  You can adopt, donate and/or volunteer.

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