What to expect when adopting a shelter dog

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Prospective pup parents should be aware that there can be a transitional period as dogs acclimate to their new homes. Understanding what to expect the first few weeks and months can be helpful. Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – Millions of dogs reside in shelters or in foster homes just waiting for someone to make them permanent members of their family. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said there are nearly 4 million dogs in shelters across America. Bringing home a puppy or an older dog can be an exciting, selfless endeavor. Shelter dogs have the capacity to be loving, devoted pets. Unfortunately, many such dogs have been dealt difficult hands, ending up in shelters through no fault of their own. Prospective pup parents should be aware that there can be a transitional period as dogs acclimate to their new homes. Understanding what to expect the first few weeks and months can be helpful. Dogs are creatures of habit and feel most comfortable when they know what to
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