7 Reasons Why You Should Adopt a Dog

You can save a life.

Adopting a dog from an animal shelter is a pretty great way to help out, because you’re saving the life of one animal, and making room for another.

As much as we’d like to think all dogs are rehomed, there’s just not enough homes for all the ones that need them. Shelters have limited space and resources, meaning they can only care for a certain number of animals at once. When they run out of space, they have to make tough decisions about which animals take priority over others. Dogs deemed likely to be difficult to rehome may be put down if no homes are available.

In addition to protecting pets from euthanasia or starvation due to lack of resources, adopting also saves them from the stress of living in a shelter! Dogs brought into shelters often feel confused and scared as they try to figure out what’s going on around them. They’re often confined in small spaces with lots of other stressed-out dogs, which can increase their anxiety levels even more. It’s not surprising that many dogs who enter shelters end up getting sick at some point during their stay—if not more than once!

While it would be nice if every one of these precious pups could find a home right away and never experience any distress at all during their stay in a shelter situation (or ideally before or after!), this isn’t the reality we live in right now. Adoption helps relieve the burden on shelters by giving these pets loving homes where they can relax and thrive—and you get yourself an adorable pup too!

You won’t find a dog that’s the “wrong” size or color.

Looking for a dog that’s already house-trained? You’re probably going to end up buying from a breeder. After all, it’s hard to know if your puppy will be house-broken by the time you get them, since puppies don’t actually have full control of their bladders until they’re 4–6 months old.

Rescues, on the other hand, are full of dogs who need homes right away, so you’ll almost always find dogs in them that are at least a year old and ready to come home with you immediately. This also means that you won’t have to go through all the stages of training and obedience lessons, since many rescue dogs are already housebroken and well-behaved. Plus, rescues have a wide range of different ages and sizes of dogs available at any given time!

You can adopt many different special needs dogs.

See that guy over there? He can’t see. That other person in the wheelchair? They can’t walk. What about your best friend? They have a peanut allergy and need to get special food at parties. Did you know that animals can have disabilities too? Not only that, but they need love and care just like everyone else! But don’t worry if you think taking care of a special needs dog is too much for you—there are lots of different types of special needs dogs out there! For example, some dogs are blind, which means you need to keep their food in the same place every day so they can find it easily. Some dogs are deaf, which means that instead of making loud noises to get their attention, you just wave your hand in front of them or make movements with your hands to signal what you want them to do next.

You can adopt a dog that’s already housebroken.

Adopting dogs that are already housebroken is a common perk. It’s the job of the shelter to ensure that its animals are properly taken care of, and this includes being trained to follow basic commands, like “sit” or “stay.” Even if you’re not familiar with these commands, it’s likely your new dog has mastered them, meaning you won’t be starting from scratch. If you decide to adopt an older dog who’s already been trained to walk on a leash and respond when called, you can rest assured that no one will be chasing him around the neighborhood for years to come—which wasn’t exactly true for my friend Jill and her poorly housebroken pet goat (we’ll come back to this).

If you were wondering how any animal could possibly be better than a pet goat…you might want to adjust your thinking.

Shelter dogs are often more grateful and loving pets.

Your adopted dog is going to be a loyal, affectionate pet. Why? Because he or she has been through the fire and came out the other side. A shelter dog knows that he or she has been saved, and they will love you like crazy because of it!

And that’s not all; there are many more reasons why you should adopt a dog from a shelter. Having an adopted dog is good for your health as well!

There are several tax deductions. Cat-only households, beware! There are tax benefits for you too!

If you consider your dog to be a member of your family (which, if you’re like most people, you probably do), then the IRS probably considers him part of the family, too. Many animal shelters are considered 501(c)3 non-profit organizations by the IRS. That means that the cost of adopting a dog from a shelter is tax deductible for you—so are any costs related to caring for your pet thereafter. You can also deduct any costs associated with fostering animals for a recognized non-profit organization. This includes expenses such as food and supplies, transportation fees and vet bills. If your chosen shelter isn’t recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, they may still qualify as a charity under another tax code name (like an educational institution), so it’s worth checking into no matter what!

You might not know that adopting dogs comes with some pretty great tax breaks. Since many shelters are registered 501(c)3 charities with the IRS, adopting your new best friend could end up being deductible on your taxes! That means that all those expenses involved in caring for them—from food & supplies to veterinary care & transportation fees—could potentially be deducted from your total taxable income at year’s end when filing returns with Uncle Sam! This doesn’t just apply if you adopt from an animal shelter either because even fostering dogs counts too!

It’s cheaper to adopt than buy a dog from a pet store or breeder.

You might be wondering why you should get your dog from a shelter instead of buying him from a breeder or pet store. Aside from the fact that you’ll be saving his life, there are financial reasons to adopt as well! The cost of getting a dog from a shelter may vary depending on where you are but is usually under $250. If you’re getting your dog from a breeder, the cost can range anywhere between $500-$1,000 depending on the breed and other factors.

Now get out there and adopt your next best friend!

Now that we’ve gone over the seven reasons why you should adopt a dog, did we convince you? If so, go forth and adopt your new best friend! There are plenty of dogs to choose from. If you’re not convinced, let’s talk about some other things to consider.

What’s the difference between adopting a dog and buying one from a breeder or pet store?

First, it’s important to realize that puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. Puppy mills are companies that breed dogs for the sole purpose of making money. These dogs live in horrible conditions and likely have various health problems and genetic diseases due to being bred without consideration for their health or well-being. Adopting a dog means saving it from these horrid conditions and supporting businesses that put animal welfare first.

Second, adopting a dog is more cost-effective than buying one at a pet store or through a breeder because it usually includes spay/neuter surgery, all initial vaccines, microchipping, possible flea/tick prevention treatments, deworming treatments and sometimes even heart-worm prevention treatments. Instead of paying $100-$300 on average at the vet just to get your new puppy up-to-date with shots before bringing them home, shelters include these medical costs in adoption fees. Many also provide one month of free insurance as well!7 Reasons Why You Should Adopt a Dog

Dogs are the most common pet in the United States, with over 89 million of them living here. But did you know that about 3.3 million dogs are euthanized every year? And you know who else there’s a lot of? Cats! There are nearly 95 million cats in the United States, and over 2 million of them are euthanized each year.

Dogs make amazing pets, but we shouldn’t have to keep producing more because there are so many amazing ones out there who need homes. So let’s take a look at 7 reasons why you should adopt a dog instead of buying one from a breeder or pet store:

1. They’re just as cute and cuddly as any other dog.

2. They’re already house-trained and socialized with humans, so they’re easy to introduce into your family structure right away.

3. You get all the benefits of having an adult dog—you don’t have to go through that awkward puppy stage where they just pee everywhere and chew your shoes!

4. It’s cheaper than buying from a breeder or pet store—not to mention, it helps you save money on things like vaccinations and spay/

1. They’re more loyal

Dogs are often described as man’s best friend, and it’s clear that they live up to the title. While cats have been known to go missing for days on end, dogs will stick around for you through thick and thin.

2. They can help you find a partner

If you’re looking for love, adopting a dog is a great way to meet new people. Whether you take them on walks or bring them along to doggy daycare, plenty of potential partners are sure to fall in love with your adorable new pet.

3. They improve your mental health

Dogs have been proven to decrease stress levels and make their owners happier by giving them something to focus on other than their own problems. They also provide emotional support when things get tough, so you’ll never feel alone again!

4. They’re better than cats

It’s true that both animals have their own unique benefits, but dogs have been shown scientifically as being far superior companions when compared with felines—especially if you’re an introvert or extrovert who loves spending time indoors. And while some people prefer cats over dogs (and vice-versa), there’s no denying that dogs are the better choice!

5. They

1. Dogs are More Loyal Than Cats

2. Dogs Help You Get Exercise

3. Dogs Are Great For Your Mental Health

4. Adopted Dogs Can Be Just As Healthy As Bought Dogs

5. Dogs Are Easy to Take Care of

6. Dogs Are Less Expensive Than Cats

7. Not Everyone Can Adopt a Cat, But Almost Anyone Can Adopt a Dog

1. You’ll get more exercise.

2. Dogs are great companions.

3. The unconditional love of a dog is the best kind of love.

4. A dog is always excited to see you, no matter what kind of day you’ve had.

5. When you do something good, your dog will be the first to congratulate you with a sloppy kiss.

6. A dog’s company can help make the worst days better, and their antics will keep you laughing even when it seems like nothing can bring a smile to your face.

7. Owning a pet can improve your health overall, and dogs are no exception!

1. You will be adored unconditionally.

2. Dogs are great companions and provide a sense of security.

3. They make you look good on your walks around the neighborhood, even if you’re not wearing the cutest outfit.

4. They get you outside more often and can encourage you to take up new activities like jogging or hiking.

5. They are excellent at detecting sniffable intruders, such as burglars or bears—or just that weird kid who keeps staring in your window from across the street (why are you doing that?).

6. You can train your dog to perform cool tricks like rolling over, playing dead, and high-fiving everyone at your next house party (you know it’s a crowd-pleaser).

7. Dogs are so much better than cats (sorry not sorry).

1. You can teach them a lot of tricks

2. They’re great for exercise

3. They’re good for your health and mental health

4. They’re great with people and other pets

5. You’ll save a life

6. They don’t need much attention

7. You can take them pretty much everywhere with you

1. They’re cute.

2. They’re cuddly.

3. They’re funny.

4. They never break up with you for a younger model.

5. They love you unconditionally (even when you’ve had a bad day, or worse—a bad hair day).

6. They’ll be waiting at the door for you when you get home from work every single day, and the joy in their eyes will make your heart melt a little bit more each time.

7. You’ll have someone to talk to and cuddle with during your next Netflix marathon (and they won’t judge you if you raid the fridge while binging on Season 3 of Stranger Things).

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