Homeward Bound: 7 Expert Tips for Adopting a Dog

Photo by: ASPCA
Take your time
Adopting a dog is a big decision and an even bigger commitment. The ASPCA recommends asking yourself whether your family is ready for this commitment, and whether you're ... more 
Photo by: ASPCA
Take your time
Adopting a dog is a big decision and an even bigger commitment. The ASPCA recommends asking yourself whether your family is ready for this commitment, and whether you're ready to pet-proof your home. You also need to be able to afford to care for your pet's health and safety.
Lady is a seven-year-old white American Pit Bull Terrier mix. Find out more about Lady at the ASPCA's website here!
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Wed, Oct 17, 2012 5:28 PM EDT
October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has great, expert tips to help ensure that your dog adoption is as easy as possible for your family, and your new pooch. All the adorable dogs featured in this article are actually available for adoption at the ASPCA's adoption center in New York City. You can also check here to find adoption centers closer to you! Every dog from the ASPCA is microchipped, up-to-date on vaccinations and spayed or neutered. Adopters also receive a free follow-up veterinary exam at the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. If you're thinking about adopting a dog, take a look at these great tips! And if you're in the New York City area, consider bringing one of these sweet dogs into your home. - By Joslyn Gray



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