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7 Ways To Help Rescue Dogs

May 20th is a pretty special day for our canine companions: it’s Rescue Dog Day. If you love animals, you probably have a soft spot for rescue dogs, as we do. There are still far too many rescue dogs out there who have been saved, but have not yet found their forever homes. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of pups who still need to be rescued. A Roanoke, VA vet lists some of the things you can do to help them in this article.


The best thing you can do to help rescue dogs? Adopt one! Many people insist that the pups they rescued are the best pets ever. We’re inclined to agree! Just be sure that you’re ready to commit.

Speak Up

Do you know of a pooch that needs help? Contact local authorities or animal rescues. Many places allow you to make such reports anonymously. This can help eradicate the fear of reprisal.

Support Legislation

We’re happy to see more laws going on the books that make animal cruelty felony. For instance, here in Virginia, animal cruelty towards dogs and cats are now felonies, as of July 2019. Supporting pro-animal welfare legislation is a small task that can have big repercussions.


Another thing you can do is foster rescue dogs. Many of them need training and/or socialization before being put up for adoption. Fostering isn’t for everyone, of course: it can be difficult to say goodbye to a pooch you’ve cared for and grown fond of. Think things over carefully. It never hurts to learn more!


Animal shelters and charities are doing great work, and there certainly is plenty of it. Consider giving up a bit of your free time to help our canine pals.


Many animal rescues rely on donations to care for their furry wards. Monetary donations are great, of course, but you may also be able to drop off food, toys, or supplies. Anything helps!

Spread The Word

Social media has transformed the world in many ways. One of the best things about it is the fact that it makes sharing information very easy. Share posts about pups that are in need of good homes. Who knows? You may change a rescue dog’s world with a few keystrokes!

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Adopting A Shelter Dog

April 30th is Adopt A Shelter Pet Day! That’s one cause we are more than happy to support! Every year, as many as 3 million dogs enter American shelters. Sadly, many only have a very short time to find themselves forever homes. If you are considering adopting a shelter dog, you definitely have our support! A Roanoke, VA vet offers some advice on adopting Fido in this article.

Choosing Fido

It’s easy to fall in love with a furry face, but don’t only go by how cute Fido is. Our canine companions all have their own personalities and care needs. Do some research, and find out what you can about your potential pet’s breed, background, and character. It’s important to choose a pup that will integrate well with your family and lifestyle. Huskies, for instance, are very high-energy. Bulldogs? Not so much.

Things To Consider

Before you sign the paperwork, spend some time with your four-legged friend. If you have another pup, let them meet as well. While many dogs love having buddies, there’s always a chance of conflict. Better safe than sorry!


You’ll need to hit the pet store. Fido will need food, toys, treats, a bed, a leash, a collar or harness, dishes, a pet first-aid kit, and grooming supplies. If he has thin fur, he may also need a sweater or jacket for winter. It’s a good idea to put these things in a quiet back room, especially if you have other pets.


Petproofing is definitely in order. Address potential dangers, such as toxic plants; plastic bags and ties; wires and cords; chemicals; medication; lawn garden products; and any small/sharp objects. Ask your vet for advice.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is schedule a veterinary appointment. Fido will most likely already be fixed, but a nose-to-tail exam is definitely in order. This is a great time to get some specific advice on your canine pal’s health and care needs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Settling In

It may take Fido some time to adjust to his new home, and really feel safe there. Don’t rush things. Offer great care, and be patient. You’ll be getting tail wags and happy dances in no time!

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Roanoke, VA animal clinic, today.