Metro Pets

By PK Greenfield

Did you know that March 23rd is National Puppy Day? Well now you do. In celebration of proper care for puppies, I spoke with Aimee Gilbreath of Found Animals.

Here are some of her tips when considering adopting a puppy.

Think About Important Characteristics in Your Ideal Dog: Try not to focus primarily on looks. Think about size and energy level first. Do you want an active dog that can accompany you on your morning run or a mellow cuddle buddy?

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare: You will need to puppy-proof your home and also think about boundaries. Will the dog be allowed on the couch or on your bed?

Licensing and Identification: Most states require that you license your dogs with the city where you live. Having proper identification on your dog is the fastest and easiest way to ensure your lost dog is returned to you.

Spay and Neuter: Spaying and neutering is the only way to eliminate accidental litters. Accidental litters are overwhelming shelters and adoptable animals are being euthanized as a result.
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Originally published March 2014
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