Adopt, don’t shop; shelter animals are better

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Dogs in the shelter need your help.

When looking for a new pet, many turn to local breeders or pet stores, but the tradition of adopting puppies from breeders leaves a great number of strays. Although often overlooked, shelter animals can make better pets than animals from a breeder for many reasons.

Here are some advantages of rescuing dogs, rather than shopping from a breeder:

  • Most dogs that get rescued were most likely abandoned, you will be saving a life from possibly starving or being hit on the highway.

https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/top-reasons-adopt-pet

  • The dog is usually trained from their last owner, they are most likely potty trained and listen well.

https://www.arlboston.org/the-benefits-of-adopting-a-pet/

  • It is a lot cheaper to rescue other than buying from a breeder who charges hundreds and hundreds of dollars.

https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/top-reasons-adopt-pet

  • Rescuing can teach valuable life skills and responsibility for children and adults.

https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/hyp.38.4.815

  • If the owner before had the dog for a while, they were probably neutered or spayed, which saves you money.

https://www.arlboston.org/the-benefits-of-adopting-a-pet/

  • You will have a lot more options to choose from. Dogs are rescued every day, different breed means more opportunities to get your favorite breed you have been wanting. 

https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/top-reasons-adopt-pet

  • When rescuing from a shelter, the dogs are usually sad from being locked up but, if you rescue them then you’ll turn their life around and see the happy side in them.

https://www.luckydoganimalrescue.org/articles/resources/rescue-them-rescue-yourself-many-health-benefits-adopting-dog

  • For some shelters, if you rescue a dog then the shelter will let you sign up for classes on how to connect with each other and have more control them.

https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/top-reasons-adopt-pet

  • If you’re adopting an older dog, they are past the puppy stage, so they won’t be chewing up everything or peeing everywhere.

https://www.arlboston.org/the-benefits-of-adopting-a-pet/

  • Animals improve happiness. Companionship is one of the most valuable things pets offer, and adopted animals are great companions.

https://www.luckydoganimalrescue.org/articles/resources/rescue-them-rescue-yourself-many-health-benefits-adopting-dog

 

These are just some of the many reasons why rescuing is helping our environment. Lives will be saved and the homeless dog population will go down.