Have you ever thought of adopting? A dog, that is. Then this is a great time to do it as October is the month the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has dubbed Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month.
Even if you're not planning on adopting a dog this month, but you are thinking of it for the future, you should check out their website before you step foot in a shelter or find yourself on Petfinder.com. The ASPCA's site is a veritable cornucopia of important information for those thinking of adopting a shelter dog, such as:
Things to think about before you adopt (and there is much to think about)
How much is that dog going to cost me in the long run? (here's a hint: A lot.)
Top 10 tips for adopting the perfect family pet
And when you're ready they'll even help you find a shelter near you.
If you are planning on adopting a dog I urge you to go through all the information the ASPCA has provided for you. Adding a dog to your family is not something to approach lightly, it's an investment of time, money, and love. But it's so worth it when you find the right one. So what are you still doing here? Go. Scram. Shoo. Git.