10 Reasons Why You Should Adopt a Dog

You’ll be saving a life.

The statistics are staggering, and the truth of them is something we should all face. Shelters around the country kill about 1.5 million pets every year. That number is only dropping because of those who opt to adopt their new furry family members. For the people who do, rescuing a dog isn’t just an act that saves a life—it’s one that fills hearts with joy for years to come.

The dogs you save at your local animal shelter will be grateful to start fresh in a new home with you and your family, and they’ll show you every day how much they appreciate being rescued from living on the streets, not knowing where they’re going to get their next meal or where they’ll sleep at night, or worse—whether they’ll ever have a family again. Your kids will also see how wonderful it is to take care of another living thing and learn what it truly means to practice compassion. Just think: when you’ve had your dog for 10 years, that’s 10 fewer animals euthanized in shelters across the country in favor of sheltering an animal who doesn’t have a home waiting for them somewhere else.

Adoption is financially responsible.

Adoption is more financially responsible than buying a dog. Most adoption fees range from $100-$250, which covers spaying or neutering, vaccinations and microchipping. A pet store puppy, on the other hand, can cost anywhere between $1,000-$3,000. Many shelters also provide a starter kit containing treats, toys and other goodies for your new dog.

Beyond the initial cost of adopting a dog versus buying one from a breeder or pet store is what you will pay over time to keep your new pet happy and healthy. Adopting means you are taking in an animal that has already been neutered or spayed, which can cost between $200-$500 at some vets’ offices. This means that when you adopt an adult animal (most animals in shelters are not puppies), you don’t have to worry about unexpected vet bills for diseases or health problems common with puppies purchased from breeders/pet stores!

Shelter dogs are healthier than you think!

Many people avoid adopting from shelters due to a myth that all shelter dogs are unhealthy and sad. This myth is not true! All good animal shelters have a veterinarian on staff to make sure their animals stay healthy. If a dog needs treatment for an illness or disease, the shelter will have already given them the care they needed and put them up for adoption when they’re feeling better. Additionally, if any animal shows signs of being sick, the shelter will immediately seek medical attention in order to prevent spreading illness and keep the dogs safe.

Just check out this video of some adorable puppies who found their forever homes after receiving medical care at the Animal Rescue Team (ART) Animal Rescue:

The puppies are happy, healthy, and ready to be adopted!

Shelter dogs are “pre-trained”.

  • They’re “pre-trained”

Need a dog who knows the basics? A dog who knows how to behave in a house and with other pets, small children, and strangers? Shelter dogs are often already house trained. They know basic commands like “sit”, “stay”, and “down”. More importantly, they often know how to behave well with other pets, children, and people. Most shelter workers will also give you information about what they think the dog’s personality is like or any issues it may have that you should be aware of before adopting the pup. You can even specify which breed(s) you want in your new pet! Because many dogs are mixes between different breeds (for example: pit bull/terrier mix), shelters often have a better idea about which breed(s) make up their pups than puppy stores would anyway.

Shelter dogs are awesome additions to your family.

It’s a common misconception that shelter dogs are badly behaved or mean. This is simply not true! Many of the dogs in shelters have been abandoned by their owners. In fact, people are often the root cause of their bad behavior.

You may think that finding a dog at a shelter will take longer than going to a breeder, but this isn’t the case! All you need to do is write down what you want in a dog and bring it with you when visiting different shelters. The staff will be able to help find just what you’re looking for; whether it be an older dog or one with specific hobbies like swimming or playing fetch.

At a shelter, you can choose from many breeds, sizes, ages and personalities! The benefit of going to a rescue is that they know all about each animal’s past life and any quirks they may have so it’s easy for them to match up your needs with the right dog for your family!

Rescue groups have dogs of all ages, sizes, and breeds.

While it’s true that you’ll find more puppies in shelters than you will older dogs, the notion that only older dogs are available for adoption is a myth. Rescue groups have all ages of dogs, from cute, wiggling puppies to mature adult dogs who are just as lovable and playful as puppies. In addition to having a wide range of ages to choose from, rescue groups also have a variety of sizes and breeds. Some people love big dogs like Great Danes or Labradors and others prefer smaller breeds like Chihuahuas or Dachshunds. Whether you prefer large or small breeds, there’s sure to be one at your local shelter! On top of that, shelters aren’t limited to canine companions–they also offer cats, guinea pigs and many other adorable pets! You can even find exotic animals like birds and snakes in some shelters!

In short: no matter what kind of dog (or other pet) you want, you’re likely to find it at a rescue group.

Your pooch will provide years of love and affection.

Dogs are known for their unconditional love and devotion. Your pooch will strive to be your best friend, waiting by the door each day when you return from work, snuggling up with you on the couch at night and accompanying you on outdoor adventures. There are many different breeds of dogs, so if you’re looking for a devoted companion in particular, research which type of dog would be most likely to fit your needs. For instance, Newfoundland dogs are known as ‘nanny dogs’ because they have an innate desire to protect young children.

The important thing is that your adopted pup will give you years of love and affection—making it worth every extra effort!

The adoption process is easy!

Adopting a dog is simple! All you have to do is visit a shelter, provide details about what you’re looking for in an animal companion, and spend some time with the dogs or puppies at the shelter. Your new best friend will be home with you in no time. You can even adopt a dog online if that’s easier for you.

If, like many people, you find going to the kennel stressful or safe during this period of social distancing, then an online adoption platform may be your best bet. You can browse all of the furry faces from the comfort of your own home before meeting them.

The adoption process is simple when done through a platform like Petfinder or by visiting a local shelter directly. Simply fill out an application with information about yourself and your lifestyle so they know who would be best suited as your new companion. When I adopted my black lab mix puppy four years ago (who has since grown into a 90-pound giant), it was done entirely through email and telephone calls between myself and his foster mom because I lived more than 400 miles away from where he was being fostered at the time — so if I could do it over 3 states apart while working full-time jobs each day then anyone else should have no problem! Once all paperwork had been completed remotely via email/phone calls we drove down just long enough to meet him briefly before heading back up north again without him — he met us there shortly after with our belongings ready for him upon arrival 🙂

You can also get your cat from a shelter.

While many people assume that only dogs are available for adoption, the truth is that many shelter organizations also have cats. So if you’re looking for a new feline friend to join your family, you can definitely find one at a rescue. But before you go in with the intention of adopting a cat from the shelter, there are some important tips and things to consider so that the process runs smoothly and results in success!

To begin with, it might be helpful to make sure that everyone in your household (or those who will be regularly around your new cat) is on board with welcoming another pet into their home. Sometimes parents or children can feel overwhelmed when they’re faced with an unfamiliar animal who needs them right away. Be prepared for questions about what’s expected of them once they’ve brought their new pet home!

It’s also important not just to bring any ol’ feline companion into your life; remember that each kitty has his or her own personality and quirks which may not mesh well with yours or others in the household. Consider adopting an adult cat instead of one from a breeder if possible since older animals tend to need homes more urgently than younger ones do – also because it means less time spent training them how to behave!

Time to bring home a new best friend? We’ve got one waiting for you at our shelters!

If you’re ready to bring home a new best friend, we’ve got one waiting for you at our shelters! Many of our animals are adopted quickly, so get in touch to learn about the current availability of animals that interest you.

All of our dogs and cats have been vaccinated and identified prior to adoption. We will help you find a dog or cat who fits your personality and lifestyle. Our staff is knowledgeable about the pets available for adoption and can provide valuable information about their health, behavior and what it takes to care for them.

To adopt an animal from one of our shelters, please complete the application form below:

Upon receipt of your application form, one of our staff members will contact you regarding your request in 1-2 business days.

When you rescue a dog, you’re saving a life, saving money, and getting an amazing friend!

  • When you rescue a dog, you’re saving a life!
  • When you rescue a dog, you’re saving money!
  • When you rescue a dog, it’s not just a pet—it’s an amazing friend!

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