Tips For Adopting A Shelter Dog

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! We’re always thrilled to see dogs getting second chances. Shelter dogs make wonderful pets! These wonderful pups are often very sweet and affectionate, and only want someone to love them and care for them. Read on as a Marin County, CA vet offers some tips on adopting a shelter dog.

Keep An Open Heart

Sometimes people want a dog that is a specific breed, color, size, or age. That’s perfectly fine, but remember to keep an open heart. You may find yourself falling for a pup that is the exact opposite of what you thought you wanted!

Do Some Puppyproofing

Before you bring Fido home, make sure that your place is safe for him. Remove or secure anything that could be dangerous. This includes things like plastic bags and wrappers; toxic plants; personal items, like shoes, socks, and phones; chemicals; wires and cords; medicine; and anything small or sharp. If you have a yard, check for toxic plants and make sure your fencing is sturdy.

Visit The Vet

One of the first things you’ll want to do is introduce Fido to his new vet. Although your pooch may already be fixed, he’ll need a thorough exam. Vaccinations, parasite control, and a dental checkup should also be on the agenda. While you’re there, get some specific advice on your furry friend’s diet and care needs.

Let Fido Settle In

Your furry pal may sleep a lot at first. This is completely normal! Being in a shelter is very scary and stressful for Man’s Best Friend. Fido may also be depressed after being abandoned by or separated from his former owner. Put a comfy doggy bed and some toys in a quiet room or corner, and let your canine buddy relax and settle in.

New Schedule

Dogs do best when they are on a steady schedule for meals, walks, and playtime. Get your new four-legged friend started out on his new routine right away. With love, patience, and great TLC, you’ll have that cute tail going in no time!


Many shelter dogs know basic commands, like Sit. However, Fido may need to work on a few things. If your pup isn’t fully trained, start working with him immediately.

Please contact us, your Marin County, CA vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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