4 Reasons To Adopt A Dog Instead Of Shopping For A Puppy
The world is split between folks who would prefer to bring home a "fresh" puppy rather than adopting a dog. The choice is up to you to make, and there's reasons why you WOULD want to take home a puppy. Why might you want to adopt a dog instead though?
If you've ever seen that Sarah McLachlan commercial though, you know how much you want to just adopt a dog. (You know you're weeping just thinking about those sad puppy eyes in the video).
Why Adopt A Dog
I think there are 4 advantages to adopt a dog from your local shelter or rescue group. It can be a wonderful experience for you, your family, and most importantly – the rescue.
For what it's worth here, I've had two dogs in my recent years. Our first was an 8 week old boxer puppy we took home, and then a couple years later we rescued a 1 year old Pit bull from our local shelter. I've been on both sides of this debate.
1. Dogs Over Money
Have you ever been to a local shelter? If you have, you know it's not a 5-star resort for these misplaced mutts. It's adoption or bust for these folks. The shelter workers are some of the most selfless people you'll meet. They only care about the health and wellness of the dogs in their care. Pets over profit I say.
Why is this important when you want to adopt a dog? You're getting a dog who has been cared for. I'm not saying that when you get a puppy, that it came from some puppy mill, but puppies are big business. Even going to a reputable breeder, you could be spending anywhere from 700-1500 for a puppy. That's a lot of tacos.
Adoptable dogs? It depends on where you are adopting, but it's not uncommon to pay a nominal fee of around $100-150 for an adoption of a shelter dog. If you're working with a rescue group, it might be a little more due to the fact they often provide behavioral training and extra care.
Check with your local animal shelter and rescue groups for more information.
2. You'll know what you're getting into
No, not all shelter dogs are misbehaved little creatures. True, some do have behavioral issues that should be checked, but most just get a bad rap. I truly believe it's all about the owner not the breed. Raise your hands if you're with me! 🙌
Dogs aren't born with violence. Yes, dogs can bite. ALL dogs can bite. That doesn't mean they will just because they were in a shelter. The shelter and rescue staff evaluates each dog thoroughly before they ever put them up for adoption. It can sometimes include a medical examination, but almost always includes a behavioral analysis. Basically it's a measurement of how well the particular rescue dog will do with other dogs, with children, with other members of the family, etc.
It's possible that the adoptable dog will already have up to date vaccinations and flea and tick treatments. They might even be spayed/neutered already also.
3. You'll be happy, probably all day.
First of all, dogs rule. They're awesome. They're so resilient. Yeah, they can be challenging, but they get the term man's best friend for a reason.
Having a furry companion has been known to lift spirits, lower stress levels and help relieve anxiety.
When you take those same emotions and pair that with a dog you've adopted, you have a bond for life. You share an incredible bond with your adopted dog.
It sort of becomes a "I'm not sure if I needed him or he needed me".
4. Two dogs with one heart
Remember how I said shelters ain't no 5-star resort? Well that's both in comforts and space. A shelter can only be home to so many dogs. If there's no room they often look to other nearby shelters to take them in.
So, if you adopt a dog, you'll be saving the life of your dog plus providing a place for another dog to take it's place.
Now granted, I'd love to see the day when shelters are essentially out of service, but sadly that just won't happen. For now, keep emptying those shelter kennels. 😉