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National Adopt a dog month


National Adopt a dog month 
And
National Adopt a Shelter dog month






Are you thinking about adopting a dog? Has the thought crossed your mind in the past few months? If so, that's great! This is the perfect month for you to get down to business and do just that!

You might be looking simply for a companion, maybe a hiking pal, a friend for your grandparents or parents, how about an agility hopeful, or just a happy, warm face to welcome you home each day? Then this might just be the perfect timing!




Across the valley there are numerous places that you can choose from to adopt a dog. Many Shelters are full and have weekend discounts so they can open up space for new dogs. Unfortunately some will be placed on the E-List almost immediately due to its breed, temperament or health.

A dog that is on the "E-List" (to be euthanized) is commonly a dog that might have growled when captured or put into a kennel, but it doesn't necessarily mean they are aggressive.


They were SCARED.

I say this from my own experience. My dog Sammie, was put on the E-List immediately because she growled upon intake. That was after the workers placed a rabies pole around her neck, drug her to an open concrete slab to spray her down with a hose containing a pesticide to kill any fleas or ticks she might have had. This must be done and is not meant to be mean, but to make sure all workers are safe when handling unknown dogs. Unfortunately it can be a very frightening event for a dog.


To date, Sam has been one of the absolute most well behaved, gentle and loving dogs we've owned. She was young; she was scared, and had probably been living on the streets fighting for food and shelter. It didn't mean she was aggressive, it meant she was scared, alone, and watching out for herself.
Pinal Animal Control and Maricopa Rabies Animal Control are two Shelters where many dogs only have 3-7 days to get adopted. These days those numbers can be even shorter with only a few hours left to live due to overcrowding. Recently these centers have been sponsoring days where you can adopt a dog for $20 or less in the effort to find these dogs’ homes rather than euthanizing them.

If you are looking for a new pet please consider these two facilities along with local animal shelters. You will never forget the smile on the dog's face as he walks out with you and gets in the car to ride home with his new family. You will find a forever family member and one that will likely never forget that you and your family came that delightful day to make a difference in his life.

Once back home there will be an adjustment period and it will take time for you to discover your new family member’s true personality. You might need help introducing the dog to current pets, maybe you adopted a dog who is going to be in need of grooming, and so many other things you might find you need. 
If you discover that you need assistance with any of the following, remember, Az Pet Professionals has your back. We have professional members who work in each area.

· Dog training

· Grooming

· Nutritional needs

· Veterinary services

· Healthy dog treats

· Boarding

· Pet sitting

· Pet CPR and First Aid training

· On going, fun, pet related events

· Canine massage for those who’ve adopted a senior

Please take a moment to go to each Page of interest at the top of our website. There you will find all pet experts in the related field with links to their professional websites, social media accounts, and contact information.



Pinal Animal Control:
520-509-3555
Pinal County Animal Control 1150 S Eleven Mile Corner Rd, Casa Grande, AZ 85194
http://pinalcountyaz.gov/animalcontrol/pages/home.aspx

Maricopa Rabies Animal Control: 602-506-PETS(7387)
The East Valley facility is located in Mesa at 2630 W. Rio Salado Parkway (Rio Salado and the 101). http://www.maricopa.gov/Pets/Adoptions/Default.aspx.

The West Valley facility is located in Phoenix at 2500 S. 27th Avenue (27th Avenue and Lower Buckeye).
http://www.maricopa.gov/Pets/Adoptions/Default.aspx


Once again, thank you pet owners, for keeping Az Pet Professionals at the top of your list and your “go to” for all things pets~ Kim



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