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Reasons to Adopt a Dog

Reasons to Adopt a Dog

Animal shelters are the first place to look when you are thinking of adding a dog to your family. Not only do they have a great selection of adult dogs, but they also have puppies and purebred dogs. Why you should adopt a dog from a rescue group or a shelter, some dog owners  only adopt from a rescue group or a shelter and some  dog owners only buy dogs from breeders.

Reasons why adopting a dog is a good choice.

You’ll save a life

Sadly, every year According to ASPCA, millions of dogs are euthanized in the United States  simply because too many people give up their dog and too few people adopt from shelters. There is limited space at shelters. Therefore, staff members need to make the very hard decision to euthanize dogs who haven’t been adopted. The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted dogs instead of buying them.

Adopting your dog

Adopting from a private humane society or animal shelter, breed rescue group, or the local animal control agency, you’ll help save the lives of two animals — the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up.

You’ll save money

Adopting a dog from an animal shelter is less expensive than buying a dog or even getting one free thanks to the services provided by the shelter or rescue group. This is one of many Reasons to Adopt a dog. Because animals from most groups are already spayed or neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed and often bathed and treated for fleas, the adoption fee is a real bargain.

You’ll feel better

Dogs have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Not only do dogs s give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups.

You’ll get a healthy pet

Animal shelters are brimming with happy, healthy animals just waiting for someone to take them home. Dogs get examined by Shelters and they give vaccinations to dogs when they arrive, and many spay or neuter them before being adopted. In addition to medical care, more and more shelters also screen dogs for specific temperaments and behaviors to make sure each family finds the right dog for its lifestyle.

You do not have to deal with the puppy stage.

Most of the dogs that in a rescue group or a shelter are adults. By adopting an adult dog you won’t have to deal with puppy behaviors such as teething, messes, crying, housebreaking, vaccinations, de-worming, spaying or neutering. Need I say more?

Purebreds also need rescuing

A rescue organization is set up for almost every breed of dog. If you have your heart set on a Brittany Spaniel, you can search for that breed through and and find a homeless Pomeranian or any other breed you are interested in. You can also read my blog on Breed Specific Rescue Groups.

You can find a dog that is already trained

Dogs at the shelter are already house trained, and know obedience commands well. However even though your newly adopted dog maybe trained, its recommended to have a few in home dog training session help with the bonding process of your newly adopted dog and teach him or her a few new tricks.

By adopting instead of buying a dog

By adopting instead of buying a dog, you can be certain you aren’t supporting cruel puppy mills with your money.

Locate your local animal shelter and or rescue group and check online for “animal shelter, control” or “Humane Society.” Many shelters have websites that feature animals available for adoption.

Many shelters promote their animals for adoption on national websites, such as and

Shelters often have purebreds for a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with the dogs’ lack of wonderfulness. So call around and see. Additionally, almost every dog breed under the sun has a rescue group. A rescue group that works to save abused or homeless members of that breed and then find them homes. Many of these rescue groups are remarkable organizations. Therefore, they can provide you with the breed of your choice. In addition the opportunity to help others of that breed. After reading this article you should have multiple Reasons to Adopt a dog.


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