If you're looking for a pet, chances are you've considered adoption as a way to bring a new dog into your home. While you understand the importance of adoptions, you may not know of all the benefits of adopting a rescue dog rather than "shopping" at a pet store "puppy mill." Whether you're looking to do a great thing for an animal in need or you want to make sure to find a dog whose personality is a great fit with yours, adoption is a great option. That's just the beginning, though!
Check out our list of top ten reasons, in no particular order, why adopting a rescue dog rocks.
You'll Save a Precious Life
Unfortunately, most dog shelters euthanize dogs who don't find homes within a very short period of time. When you adopt a rescue dog, you're very likely saving that dog's life. This is an incredibly rewarding experience.
The Shelter Will Have Room for Another Dog
Not only are you giving a home to one dog, but you may save the life of another by making room in the shelter. Shelters that don't euthanize can only help so many dogs before they fill up. When you adopt, they have room for one more.
Your Dog Will Be Medically Up To Date
Dogs in shelters have usually been checked out by the vet, fixed and are up-to-date on shots. This means that you're adopting a dog you know is healthy. If there are any issues, the shelter will be upfront with you so there are no surprises.
You'll Save Money
Adopting a dog is much more affordable than buying a dog from a pet store or breeder. While price varies from shelter to shelter, you will save money not only on the cost of the dog, but on vet care. Most rescue dogs have already been fixed, which can save hundreds.
You Won't Support Puppy Mills
You never know what conditions a pet store dog was raised in, which means you may be supporting puppy mills. When you adopt, you're putting one less sale into the pockets of irresponsible breeders.
You'll KNOW You Did the Right Thing
It feels good knowing that the pet you just brought into your life is a dog that you saved. You won't have to question your decision the way you would if had you bought a dog. You'll know you did the right thing.
You'll Help Reduce the Pet Population Problem
When you buy from a pet store, you create a demand for more puppies. This means breeders will continue to breed their dogs to make more sales. When you adopt, you're giving a home to an abandoned dog and preventing the need for additional breeding.
Many Rescued Dogs are Already House Trained
Some shelters raise dogs in foster homes, which means the dog has already been exposed to house training. Dogs that have been abandoned by their owners may also be trained to live indoors. This can make owning a pet even more enjoyable.
You Can Find Puppies and Purebreds
If you've got your heart set on a purebred or puppy, you'll find them at dog shelters. If you absolutely must have either, visit the shelters in your area and see what your options are.
Shelters Can Help You Find the Right Dog For You
You have no idea what the temperament of a puppy is when you're shopping at pet stores. Pet shelters know the temperament of the dogs in the shelter and can help you find the right dog for you. This helps prevent the need to give the dog up in the future.
By Amy Brantley
About the Author
Amy Brantley has been a writer since 2006, contributing to numerous online publications. She specializes in business, finance, food, decorating and pets.