October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.
There's a lot to consider before you add new member to the family.
Terri Inglis, executive director at Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville, says it's important to do some research before you make a decision
"What kind of dog are you looking for and I don't mean breed necessarily, which is important, but I mean do you want an active dog?" she said. "Are you a hiker or jogger? Or do you just want a coach potato to lie on your lap?"
If you've never had a dog before, take the time to research breeds - they do have different temperaments. Big dogs require a lot more exercise every day. And is there a pet already in the family?
"Certainly come in and look, but don't always expect to go home the same day with a dog," Inglis said. "We certainly do that if we find a good match right away, but having a little bit more education on the adopter's side is very helpful for us on the shelter side."
A new family member will mean added expenses for food and vet care, maybe pet insurance.
Make sure you've budgeted for that.
There are lots of loving dogs - and cats - looking for good homes. Hopefully, you'll find one, or two.
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