Have you ever struggled to decide whether to buy or adopt a dog? If you’re experiencing this, I assure you that you’re not alone.
There are a lot of things to consider when getting a new dog. But unfortunately, most of us don’t have the time to go through all of the necessary steps. If there is a certain breed you’re looking for, you may be surprised to learn that there are many breed-specific rescues that may have the paw-fect dog for you. Check out our list here. Still not sure, keep on reading!
We believe that adopting a rescue dog has even greater benefits you might not have thought about and want to keep in mind. In this article, we are going to show you why adopting a rescue dog over purchasing a dog is the better choice.
You’ll Be Saving A Life
Adopting a rescue dog has many benefits. But these perks are secondary when compared to the fact that you’ll be doing an amazing deed. We are talking about saving at least one life (or more if you have space in your home and wallet)!
There’s a unique feeling that comes with adopting a rescue dog. It makes you realize that you’re giving another life a second chance. This feeling radiates positivity and it is good for your confidence too. Other perks?
A really amazing effect, adopting a dog can event help with depression and loneliness.
You’ll Be Joining The Fight Against Puppy Mills
There are about 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S today and that’s enough cause for worry. Puppy mills are places with dog breeding operations that rank profit over the health and well being of dogs. Dog’s in puppy mills are intentionally left in a dirty and unsanitary living space and are mistreated and bred with no care for any health problems that may develop.
Puppy Mills view dogs as livestock and property and treat them as such. Whereas, rescue organizations take these helpless pooches to help bring them into a happy home.
By adopting a rescue dog you’re reducing the population of dogs in puppy mills. By saving one dog, you’re probably going to save more. One horrible fact about Puppy Mills: Female dogs are forced to breed every heat cycle, which can be incredibly harmful to the dog. And often when are no longer fit to breed are treated like trash.
Purchasing a dog from a breeder can be very expensive, and if a breeder is charging you under $500 there is a great chance that the dog you’re going to get was likely bred improperly and could have a lot of behavioral and health issues.
Adopting a dog from a shelter/rescue is often much cheaper. Most shelters spay and neuter any dog before adopting them out, and you’ll rarely find dogs costing over $100-$400 at a shelter (this likely varies by region though!). Some shelters even sponsor heartworm treatments or give new owners dog food/bowls/beds etc.
Even some Veterinarian practices, like Small Door Vet, offer a free initial exam for rescues and FREE 1 Year Telehealth Membership. To get the promo codes for this amazing practice, sign up for our email to get our discount codes from our small business partners.
You Never Know What Breed You’ll Get!
When bringing home a new dog, we are definitely on the look for our ‘preferred breed’. This is not a bad thing! However, we might get stuck halfway through our dream to have the dog we want because the breed is unavailable.
There are about 339 dog breeds in the world today and yet, it is still difficult to always get what we want. Most times, it is either the breed is completely off the market or they are offered at an astronomical rate.
While you may be able to find a specific breed at a shelter, keep an open mind. One of the fun things about adopting from a shelter is that you never know exactly what you’re gonna get. Many shelter dogs are mixed breeds, which vets believe are usually healthier than purebred dogs (not as likely to have breed-specific issues).
Lucy, pictured in the header, according to Embark (a dog DNA kit) considers her a Super Mutt (as she is a mix of so many amazing dogs) and she is certainly the most SUPER DOG!
Dogs Are Vaccinated
There’s a saying that if you’re looking for dogs that match some unique specifications, don’t go to the market. This is exactly true for spayed, neutered, or vaccinated dogs. You can hardly find them in a pet shop.
Dogs from rescues or shelters are checked and vaccinated when brought in. This is to prevent the spread of diseases like rabies in the center. Most shelters often spay and neuter all of their dogs before placting the dog for adoption in order to lower the number of stray dogs out on the streets. Adopting a rescue dog can save you the stress of having to get the surgery after bringing home your new dog and your wallet.
Adoption Is A Lot Easier (and More Rewarding) than going to a Breeder or Pet Shop
A lot of people think buying a dog from a breeder is easy but that’s not really true. Having the money to make the purchase is just one aspect of the entire process. Even those with a bottomless budget see the follow in rescuing (see Jon Hamm above with his rescue pup, Cora)
Are you getting bored of staying indoors often or are you worried that your kids have no buddies to play with? If you are going through this, then maybe it is time to add a new member to the family.
Adopting a rescue dog can be the spice your family needs. Yes, you heard that right. Having a rescue dog in the family can be the best way to teach your kids to care for those in need. Imagine your kids are learning how to love while having so much fun.
Bringing a rescue dog home can definitely show the kind of person you are. Who doesn’t want to be involved with one who cares about others? Try adopting a rescue dog today, you’re going to be glad that you did.
What are some of your favorite things about your shelter dog? Let us know in the comments.