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National Rescue Dog Day

There’s a special doggy holiday around the corner. May 20th is National Rescue Dog Day! If you’re an animal lover, as we are, there’s a good chance that you have a soft spot for pups that need—or have been given—second chances. If you are ready to bring a new pup into your life, please consider adopting a rescue dog. A Somerville, MA vet discusses rescue dogs below.

Choosing A Rescue Dog

It isn’t hard to find rescue dogs available for adoption. If you can’t find Fido in our local area, look at southern charities. Many places allow you to complete the adoption process online, and then bring the dogs north. Just be sure you are ready to commit before proceeding. Do some research, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about your potential pet’s character and history. Adopting a dog is always a lifetime commitment. However, this goes double for rescue dogs. Because Fido has already been through a lot, the last thing you would want to do is cause him further stress by rehoming him. Adoption is forever! 

Tips For Helping Fido Settle In

Many rescue dogs are quite timid at first. Some may be recovering from trauma or injury, while others may need to get used to people. Patience, love, and great care are the recipe for helping Fido grow. Dogs tend to thrive on routine, so get your pet started on his new schedule right away. If your canine pal needs to work on his petucation, start his training immediately as well. Don’t expect perfection: your pup may need time to learn to trust humans. Just focus on the positive. It’s a truly beautiful experience to watch a rescue dog blossom and grow into a playful, healthy pooch!

Other Ways To Help

If you aren’t ready to adopt right now, there are still other ways to help rescue dogs. One thing you can do is donate money or supplies to a rescue dog charity. If you are ready to go a bit further, consider volunteering or even fostering. Sharing the word about rescued dogs that are up for adoption can also make a difference. Last but not least, if you see a pup that needs help, please contact authorities. A simple phone call could change a dog’s life!

Please contact us, your Somerville, MA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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