Theres nothing better than the unconditional love and companionship of a dog. Thats the reason dogs are called mans best friend. But many dogs no longer have a BFF and have landed in shelters through no fault of their own. October is National Adopt a Dog Month and if youve been considering getting a dog or adding to your existing pack, please consider adopting a shelter or rescue dog.
There are so many benefits to adopting a dog; here a just a few:
Less expensive than pet store dogs - Yes, you will likely paid an adoption fee to a shelter or rescue, but its often a fraction of what you might pay at the pet store. And, often local shelters and rescue organizations will have special drives to get dogs good homes and will waive adoption fees. Plus, any fees you do pay are typically funneled back to the organization to keep their good work going and save more dogs.
Its a more humane option - Lets face it we all want to do the right thing and buying from a pet store or a puppy mill is not helping dogs. In fact, its just encouraging those breeders that are unethical to keep using bad practices and keep dogs in conditions that are not safe or healthy for the animals. Adoption is the right thing to do.
You will save a life - More than 2.7 million dogs are euthanized a year. You will give a chance to a dog that might otherwise be put down prematurely and still has lots of love to give.Often you are their last chance.Seriously!
Its not their fault - Most rescue or shelter dogs are surrendered for other reasons - not behavior problems. Often they are abandoned by their owners because of living situations - moving, no pets allowed, divorce, allergies, etc. These dogs did nothing wrong but might be put down anyway.
They are ready - Shelter and rescue dogs are given all their shots and vaccinations before you take them home. Adoption dogs are also spayed and neutered, That means you will spend less money on the vet and know your dog is protected and healthy.
They are likely housebroken - Often these dogs have already lived with another person or family and will be housebroken and maybe even trained, saving you the time of teaching them the basics.
Love, love, love - These dog will be so grateful for a second chance. They will give you unconditional love, affection, companionship, endless hours of joy and precious moments. Once you adopt dog, you will never be able to imagine life without them.