October – Adopt-a-dog month

    Poster-pup Matilda

Saugeen Times recently printed the touching story of how two lives came together, each fulfilling a need in the other.

It was the story of ‘Matilda’, who found a new home and a second chance at love at Wright’s Lane in Southampton.

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and anyone who has rescued a dog from a shelter has experienced first-hand what saving a life can mean and the loyalty bond that comes with it.

Dogs seem to have an innate understanding when they are rescued and their love and loyalty knows no bounds to their new owners.  Sure, sometimes it takes a period of adjustment but, given kindness, a new furry four-footed friend can become an integral part of life.  Oftentimes, it is not only the four-footed companion that is rescued but the new owner(s) who realize what has been a missing link in life – caring for another.

Most, or many, shelters provide care and sustenance to those cats and dogs that come into their care whose owners are no longer able to care for them and they attempt to match animals to loving ‘forever’ homes.  Sometimes, however, they have to assist sick or injured dogs and cats toward a humane end of life

It is important to pass on an understanding of the importance of pet adoption to the next generation.

Talk to your kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and other up-and-comer pet owners about animal shelters and why Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, and pet adoption in general, is important.