How You Can Help Shelter Dogs This Holiday Season

The holidays bring our families together to celebrate with delicious hot meals, generous presents and warm, fuzzy feelings. Unfortunately, a lot of dogs don’t have families or homes to celebrate in.

There are currently around 70 million stray animals in the United States, and around seven million dogs and cats enter the nation’s 3,500 shelters a year, according to the Humane Society.

Here’s what you can do this year to help these animals in their time of need and during the season of giving.

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What to Do When You Find a Lost Dog

This morning, I decided to go on a quick run with my dog, Scout, before work. While we were jogging down our usual path, a small pit mix ran up to us. My feelings went from confused to surprised to excited to protective of Scout, because you never know if a stranger dog is going to be nice to your pup right away.

The dog seemed harmless, so I checked her collar for a tag – nothing. She looked malnourished, but because she ran right up to me, I knew she had to be someone’s pet. I looked around to see if anyone was calling for her, but I heard nothing.

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Ways to Spend Quality Time With Your Dog

Your dog is your… best friend, roommate, emotional support, snuggle buddy – but most importantly, your companion. To him, you’re his everything and the main person that he interacts with all day. Let him know he’s special by making the effort to spend some extra quality time with him. Here are some great bonding ideas for you and your pup.

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Top 7 Service Dog Breeds

We already know that dogs make great companions, but that is only the tip of the doggy biscuit when it comes to their abilities and skills.

The canine species is now being used in many areas to help better serve humans. These include search and rescue, police work, therapy, sniffing out illegal substances at border crossings and airports, as well as alerting people to oncoming medical issues.

Check out the top 7 service dog breeds that may just save your life one day.

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Why You Should Consider Adopting Over Shopping

Every year, 7.6 million companion pets (dogs and cats, mainly) enter shelters, nationwide. Of that 7.6 million, 2.7 million animals are euthanized, and a majority of those who remain alive spend years in a tiny cage in the shelters without the proper companionship or medical attention (according to ASPCA). This doesn’t mean that these animals aren’t receiving any medical attention; they are still getting basic shots. However, any advanced medical care needed, like dental care or more serious issues, are not necessarily a priority of shelters when they have so many animals to worry about with limited funds.

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