Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Each month I work with U. S. Cellular and tell you a little about my Samsung Galaxy S6 phone or fun features of it.  Today is one of those days.

Here’s a link to a great agreement with talking points for you to share with your child.  You can find it here.

Now on to today’s post…Did you know that October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month?  Shelter dogs are near and dear to me…our first beagle Gracie spent time two different times in a shelter then ended up a foster home which is where we got her from.  She was a good dog and didn’t deserve that life.  Sadly we got her when she was five and she only had three year with us before she passed away.  Gracie did lots of good things for our family…the main thing, it convinced Hubby that house pets aren’t a bad thing.

I simply adored her and she is what began our family’s love of beagles.

As part of my work with U.S. Cellular I learn about all sorts of fun phone apps and this month, they are all about pets.

If you want to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month by adopting a pet you can use a mobile device like my Samsung Galaxy S6 to help you begin your journey to adopting a new dog by providing apps that narrow down search terms to help you find the perfect furry friend.

Free apps such as AllPaws and LikeThat Pets, locate adoptable dogs in the area, then filter dogs by breed size or gender, provide pet profiles and arrange meet and greets. Those searching for a pet can use these apps to make lists to keep track of favorites and share with friends and family.

Local humane society websites can be a great resource and easily accessed from a smartphone.


Adapting a new puppy or new shelter dog to family routines can be challenging, so it’s important to take advantage of convenient, free resources like the ones available on smartphones.

Training resources like the popular and free app, P5 Dog Training from Purina, allow owners to watch tutorial videos as well as track their dog’s activity and progress.

For those that are apart from their dog for work or travel, the free Whistle app can be paired with a special collar to remotely track and monitor the dog’s activity from a mobile device.

Between vet bills, food and supplies, caring for a new pet can be expensive. Fortunately many pet stores offer rewards, discounts and free resources to help make things more affordable for pet owners.

PetSmart offers a rewards program called PetPerks to their customers and the account can be accessed from a mobile device with 4G LTE speeds. Often times, PetSmart will send PetPerks members special coupons and discounts directly to their email.  With access to your email right on your phone, it is easy to redeem them in stores.

I can’t say enough good things about having a pet in the home.  I know I love having Ruby around and the childcare kiddos sure love her too.  I am so happy to see that U.S. Cellular is taking the time to teach us all about ways to find a pet and more importantly how to care for our pets by using our smart phone.

So share…what’s your experience with shelter pets?

5 thoughts on “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month”

  1. Pound puppies all the way!! Proud mommy of 2 rescued dogs! (Our third an angel in heaven waiting for his siblings!)
    And don’t forget the pound kittys! I am a Kitty granny to two rescued cats!

  2. We are cat lovers and our last cat died about 12 years ago so my husband and I decided not to have any more pets as we like to travel. Last year we helped foster kittens and again this year. We had to brothers that were 3 weeks old and we had to bottle feed them. We weaned them and couldn’t find a home for them so they went to the Anima CareCouncil. They were gone for a week and we missed them so much that we went back and got them. They bring us so much joy and I’m so glad we have them.

  3. Our dog, Chucho, was 3 months old when we found him at Animal Friends shelter. He is now 10 years old and definitely part of our family. Our first dog, Drummer, a pure bred German Shepherd came to us from his breeder when the people who had him until he was 1 1/2 years old decided they didn’t want such a big dog. They were going to put him to sleep!!! Why would you get a German Shepherd puppy if you didn’t want a big dog?
    We had him before we had children so he helped raise our babies. He was wonderful.

  4. our current shelter dog, addison, was a pup we adopted when her first adoption went sour after one day – she was stepped on and returned with a broken leg! she is fine now and turning into a wonderful companion.

    the dog we had before her was ivy, and we had four and a half great years with her after adopting her from the shelter. she passed from a fast moving cancer. still breaks my heart.

    before ivy there was wrigley and before wrigley there was nakia. both shelter dogs and, again, fantastic pets and companions. miss all of their furry selves.

    all our dogs have been shelter rescues. firmly believe in adopting from shelters. there are way too many unwanted pets out there. also a big believer in spay and neuter. do it, folks! that gives those shelter animals a chance to be adopted by reducing the amount of unwanted pets. always told my kids we could not have a litter of pups or kittens because we could not keep all of them and homes were very hard to find.

  5. Adopted a German Shepherd – best dog ever and I miss her even now, 10 years after she died. Adopted my current Chihuahua from the Humane Society and love her to pieces. I always prefer to get my dogs from a shelter…or from friends who know they will have a good life out here on the farm. My daughter is now a foster home for dogs and loves it so far!

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