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Big Dogs Big Deals All October at Irving Animal Services


In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, the IACC is offering all large dogs (40 pounds and larger) for the reduced adoption fee of only $25.

This October in celebration of Adopt-a-Shelter Dog month, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Irving Animal Services invite you to come to the Irving Animal Care Campus, 4140 Valley View Lane, and meet your new best friend. When you adopt from a shelter or rescue group, you save a life — and “un-break” the heart of a dog looking for someone to love for a lifetime.

As part of the Adopt-A-Shelter Dog celebration, the IACC is offering $25 adoptions of all large dogs (40 pounds and larger) for the entire month of October. So stop by the IACC, and visit with the staff and animals there. Who knows … you just might find your new best friend.

Here are some tips from the ASPCA when selecting your new best friend:

Match your personalities

  • If you’re gregarious and like to talk to strangers, a unique-looking mixed breed or rare purebred will bring you lots of attention and questions.
  • If you are reserved and like to keep to yourself, an all-black or black and tan shepherd mix will help you blend in. Many of the guardian breeds such as Rottweilers and German Shepherds are most comfortable as “one-person” dogs.
  • If your home is filled with children, roommates, or visitors, consider selecting a dog that has never met a human he didn’t like. Retrievers, setters, spaniels and their mixed brethren are generally very friendly and unflappable.

Match your energy levels

  • Are you athletic and love the outdoors in any season? You’d be a great match for an active dog with a medium thick coat like a retriever mix.
  • If winter sports are your forte and you love to go cross country skiing or hiking through the snow, a husky mix is ideal.
  • Are you a fair weather stroller? A retired racing greyhound is a marvelous walking companion.

And remember, beauty may be in the eye of the beholder but it takes work to look that good!

  • Are you drawn to curly or silky-locked breeds? Dogs with lots of coat will need lots of coat care. This could include daily brushing and trips to the groomer every four to six weeks.
  • Do the teddy bear looks of the double-coated northern breeds (Chows, Akitas, Elkhounds, sled dogs and their mixes) appeal to you? Just be prepared for extra grooming during shedding season, extra exercise on cool days and extra air conditioning during the dog days of summer.
  • If strength, playfulness, and a wash and wear coat appeal to you, how about a pit bull?

Regardless of which dog you choose, all great friendships blossom when proper care and consideration are taken. Your shelter is not only happy to assist you in match-making, they will provide you with the materials to make it work!

(Source: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty,

To view adoptable dogs at the IACC, click here.

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