Dog adoption.

You know you want to bring a furry companion into your home. You’ve talked about all the reasons you shouldn’t do it. The benefits of having a dog in your life might just outweigh any objection. Let’s talk about that!

Love in Motion. That’s a Dog Amore!

What can an adopted dog bring to your life? Amore and more!

  • Generous affection
  • Unbreakable loyalty
  • Nightly foot-warming
  • Exercise (you know you need it!)
  • Cuteness overloads

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Some dogs are left at shelters because their previous human companions could not care for them any longer. Others are found as victims of cruel mistreatment. Sometimes a large litter leads puppies to shelter life.

There are about 3-4 million dogs in shelter care. This year, we ask that you truly consider bringing a small dog, a large dog, or a medium-sized dog home to live with you. Give a dog a fresh start. He’ll love you for it.

What Can You Bring to a Shelter Dog’s Life? Peace and Freedom From Harm

Shelter dogs are individuals who have been left behind for any number of reasons. Dogs are naturally inclined to bond with humans and will suffer emotionally if left without a home. You can free them from shelter life, give them a comfy bed and delicious, healthy food. But more, you can protect them from harm and lavish them with love.

Are You a Good Candidate for Dog Ownership?

There are several things that a dog needs from you to make his new home a happy one. Take a look at this list to see if you are able to provide for a canine lovebug:

  • Love and affection
  • Positive attention
  • Patience while Fido adjusts to a new home and routine
  • Healthy food and snacks
  • Clean bedding
  • Clean, fresh water
  • Indoor shelter
  • Exercise
  • Grooming
  • A trusted veterinarian
  • Behavioral training

Talk with one of our veterinarians about best dog care practices and decide together what dog might make the best companion for you and your lifestyle.

Puppies VS Adult or Senior Dogs. Which One Will Win Your Heart?


Puppies, cute as any bug’s ear, can be a handful. To successfully raise a puppy (or puppies), you’ll need a great deal of:

  • Energy
  • Patience
  • Commitment to properly train your pup
  • And more energy

Puppies are chewers and explorers. They get into everything and aren’t afraid to take a taste of your favorite slippers. Patience and consistency are the keys to raising puppies to become well-behaved adults. (Kind of like kids!)

Adult Dogs

Adult dogs found at shelters have a history, and they cannot tell you anything about their previous life. They will show you something of their past through behavior. Things you can bring to your new dog’s life that will help him adjust to his new home.

  • Patience—Your dog may not be trusting of humans or is used to a different routine.
  • Observation—Watch your dog for indications of what he wants and needs.
  • Training—Even if your new dog seems trained in commands, another round will help the two of you build trust and bond.

Senior Dogs

Senior dogs have often come to shelter life because their previous family has either passed on or can no longer take care of a pet. Things you need to know about adopting a senior pet:

  • They may have health issues. Bring them to us for an exam as soon as possible.
  • They need patience and loving attention to encourage them to adjust to their new home.
  • They want to feel safe and secure with their new people.

We’re Here to Answer Your Questions About Dog Adoption

At Wheaton Animal Hospital, we welcome your questions about adopting a new pet. Let’s talk about how you can make a great home for a needy dog. In turn, you will be rewarded with love and enthusiasm and lots of doggie kisses.