We know the decision to add a new dog to your family is a big one. Whether you are adopting or purchasing a dog it is important to do a little research before you get the dog. You can get your pup from a breeder or from a shelter/rescue. While breeders provide great options and selections, here are a few benefits of adopting a rescue dog.
You are helping a dog in need
Shelter/rescue dogs typically come from the worst conditions. They are taken from abusive homes, tough environments, or even off the streets. Every furry pal deserves a chance at living a loving and paw-tastic life.
Personality shines through
You already know what the dog is really like. Puppies usually change quite a bit while they are growing, not just physically, but personality-wise as well. Most foster homes and shelters can tell you quite a bit about the dogs as they have already went through their developmental phase. This means that once you bring that dog home there is less of a chance of a personality flip. Always remember that dogs can always be trained no matter the age, this includes their behavior. It is always important to remember that these pups come from difficult situations so patience is a must. Usually dogs will take between 2 weeks and 2 months to feel comfortable in their environment. When you are talking about a puppy, changes will happen during the first 18 months, as they reach maturity.
Most rescue dogs are already potty trained or close to it. These dogs have usually had some basic training, either from time at the shelter or from a previous home. Our trainers suggest you still enroll in a class that will help you bond with your new dog, correct behaviors, and set you up for success.
Most adoption fees are way lower than purchasing a dog from a breeder. These fees usually cover immunizations, spay/neuter costs and sometimes medical bills.
Supporting the importance of shelters
By adopting a dog from a shelter – you are not just helping that dog, you are helping every dog that comes through that shelter. Most of these organizations are supported by donors and occasional government allowances. Which means your support helps them stay open and available to help more dogs.
Discourages careless breeding
Though many breeders take great pride in their work, many organizations are only out to make a buck. There are countless puppy mills that just breed for quantity rather than caring properly for the dogs and puppies. By adopting instead of purchasing we stop the demand – bringing careless breeding down.
Approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Help reduce those numbers and adopt your furry friend!
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