You can become a dog’s superhero this month-October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month! You have the power to change the life of a shelter dog by welcoming a new fur-baby into the family. The American Humane Society first established October as the national puppy-loving month to help more than seven million animals currently in shelters seeking fur-ever homes.

If you’re not convinced that adopting from a shelter is the way to find the perfect pooch, we’ve done the research to change your mind.

Don’t shop at a pet store when it’s easier than ever to adopt a fur-baby from a shelter or rescue – over 50 percent of cats and dogs in shelters are never adopted-save a life and support future animal rescue efforts. Also, don’t believe the misconception that shelter dogs have behavioral issues, the Humane Society reported that most shelters are 25-30 percent purebreds! If there is a certain breed of dog you are looking for, search the breed rescue groups in your area too.

If the landlord says no pets allowed, maybe it’s time to buy your own home where you make your own rules. More than three-fourths of Americans in their 30s own a dog according to a recent report and millennials now represent the largest demographic of homebuyers, so it’s no  surprise that first-time homebuyers add a pet to the mix when purchasing their first house.

After factoring in the added costs many landlords impose on rentals in the form of deposits and pet fees, it turns out owning a home may be cheaper than renting. Just think, you could give your new fuzzy-faced animal his very own backyard to run around in.

Find a shelter or rescue near you with the ASPCA’s Shelter Finder to start your search. If the search to add a pup to your family has you thinking about upgrading to a home to call your own, you’ve come to the right place! RE/MAX agents are more recommended because they recommend what’s right for you (and your new pet.)

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