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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Adopting a shelter animal

Did you know that every year, an estimated 3-4 million animals wait in shelters for someone to provide them with a safe, loving home?  If you are thinking about getting a dog, consider being a hero and adopting a rescue animal from the local shelter.  You'll be making a wonderful impact on the life of an animal and it will be a great benefit for your life as well.  Dogs or cats are amazing, supportive and fun companions who can make a huge difference in your life.  They can become your best friend who welcomes you home every day or a good exercise buddy as you take your dog for a walk.  Did you know that you can train a dog to be a therapy dog? If they become certified you can take them to visit people in hospitals and nursing homes and make their day a little brighter.  Also, therapy dogs make great reading buddies for children at libraries and schools.  Children can't wait to read to them when they come to the Roselle Public Library.

Dogs and cats come in every type, size , age and personality.  You can find all types of breeds at a shelter or other breed-specific rescue groups.  Not sure what breed of dog or cat you'd like?  The library is a great place to research different types of dogs and cats that you may be interested in adopting. The shelves also contain books on how to train and take care of your new pet.  Adopting an animal is not for everyone.  The American Humane Association has some questions you can ask yourself to see if you are ready for the responsibility.  My family adopted a rescue dog and he has become an active member in our household.  It is a big responsibility, so make sure you are ready to take on these life changes.  It is totally rewarding if you do!

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