Before you seek out a breeder for your next dog, consider all of the benefits of adopting a dog from a shelter. There are many reasons why it’s a good idea to adopt, not ‘shop,’ for your next pet. Here are some of the best reasons to adopt a dog from a shelter.
Adoption saves lives
Millions of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized every year because they can’t find a home. Part of the problem is massive pet overpopulation. When dogs aren’t spayed or neutered, litters of unwanted puppies are introduced to the world, many of which end up in shelters. Some puppies are euthanized if they aren’t adopted. Older dogs may be euthanized just because there’s not enough resources for the shelter to keep them.
When you adopt from a shelter, you could literally be saving your new dog’s life.
You could get a healthier dog from a shelter
Many shelters provide good veterinary care to their dogs, including spaying and neutering in the cost of your adoption. Because only healthy dogs are adopted out, you can feel confident that the dog you choose shouldn’t have any underlying health issues that could shorten its life.
You could help stop puppy mills
If you’ve seen puppy mills on the news, you’ll know how badly the poor dogs are treated. By refusing to fund these mills through the purchase of a pet shop dog, you could help put them out of business altogether. You may even be surprised to find that lots of purebred dogs wind up in shelters, waiting to be adopted. You could still end up with the dog of your dreams while making your new dog’s dreams come true at the same time.
You could save money by adopting a dog
If you’d planned on buying a dog, adopting one could save you more than just the cost of the dog itself. Most shelters include spaying/neutering and immunizations in the cost of the adoption fee, and many times this is far less expensive than taking your dog to your own vet would be.
If you’d like more information on training and caring for your newly adopted shelter dog, visit Bark Busters today.