Some prefer to use dog breeders in order to get the dog they think they want, but adopting a dog could be a better route for your family. Here are some reasons to visit your local shelter and bring home a furry friend during national adopt-a-dog month.
Most shelters must euthanize a number of pets each year due to an over-abundance of animals and limited space. Taking in new strays or surrenders constantly means shelters are typically low on available space. By adopting, you save your dog plus make room for another to be rescued.
Shelter dogs aren’t less capable of giving love and affection to their new owner but more. You’ll very likely develop a strong bond with your shelter rescue.
Becoming more active.
If you’re wanting a more active lifestyle, a shelter dog could be the answer! Read our posts on dog walking and how it improves your physical health, reduces your stress, and benefits your new dog’s health and wellbeing too. Find a dog who matches your ideal level of activity – from leisurely strolls once a day to running, biking, or marathon training.
Dog breeders and pet stores charge a premium, and you could be encouraging poor breeding habits. Shelters charge a nominal fee for the adoption, typically including a spay or neuter, micro-chipping, and up-to-date vaccinations. For a purebred dog, research carefully, meet the puppy’s parents, and ask your vet for reputable breeders.
Purebred dogs can have a host of genetic problems, leading to expensive vet care across their lives. Most shelter dogs are mixes of several breeds, resulting in unique looks and personalities along with fewer inherited issues. You could end up with a healthier pet companion!
Your health insurance.
Many health insurance companies have begun to reward policyholders who keep track of their steps. For those who primarily sit at a desk, having a rescue companion will get you up, moving, and potentially earn you bonuses.
Yes, puppies are cute…and come with sleepless nights, accidents, damage to belongings, and a lot of need for instruction on how to be a good companion. Many shelter dogs have already gone through the biting and chewing phases, and are likely already house-broken. Beyond acclimating them to you and your lifestyle, it might mean less of this type of training.
Shelter dogs will spend the first three to six months adjusting to their new environment. Be patient with them! You’ll see their personality emerge over time, and you’ll have saved a life and gained a loyal companion.