Rescuing an animal is an amazing thing – not only are you offering a good home to an animal in need, you’re helping stem shelter overcrowding and keeping euthanasia rates low.
However, rescued dogs often also need a little extra TLC – which is understandable given their early experiences on the streets or in abusive homes. Maybe your new dog is hiding under the bed or refuses to play; others might start to panic as soon as you step out. Thankfully, as a new pet owner, there’s plenty you can do. Read on for 5 emotional ailments common to shelter dogs, plus simple ways you can help your newest family member feel safe and comfortable in his/her new home.
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J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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