If you’re thinking of adopting a dog, there are many benefits to doing it through a shelter. Dog shelters are good because they:
- are non-profit and focus on the needs of their dogs instead of profits;
- often do more thorough checks to make sure the dogs go to good homes; and
- have trained staff who can help find the right dog for you even if that means recommending another rescue group.
Bad shelters are the worst. They don’t give dogs proper care, and they profit from their pain. They don’t care about the animals—they only want to make money. Bad shelters often lack funding and are forced to be cruel to the dogs in order to make ends meet. These places need to be shut down!
Dogs are in shelters for many reasons. Sometimes, there is a problem with the dog, but many times the dog was abandoned due to no fault of their own. In fact, many people find that they don’t have time to raise a dog. For example, my friend Jason got engaged and his fiancee was highly allergic to dogs. He had to give up his beloved Chief (a 3-year old pitbull terrier) and it nearly broke his heart.
While you may be able to find purebred dogs in the shelter system, these are harder to find and often times they’re older; however, if you’re looking for a companion animal who can walk on a leash and possibly know some tricks or commands already, this might not be an issue.
In addition to saving money by not purchasing from breeders or pet stores (which often purchase animals from puppy mills), many shelters offer discounts for seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities
Shelter dogs are great!
Good news: like humans, dogs in shelters are often just looking for a little TLC and a place to call home.
You’re probably thinking, “Of course shelter dogs make great pets! What kind of monster wouldn’t want a shelter pet?” While the benefits of adopting from a shelter may seem obvious, many people don’t realize that shelters have their limits. Shelters are typically understaffed and underfunded, so most can only take in about 30% of the animals that need help. If you’re searching for your new BFF (best furry friend), this means you might be waiting awhile before an animal even becomes available at shelters near you! Then they might not be a breed that matches exactly what you want, or they might have some special needs that require more patience than puppies who come with high price tags. Plus, sometimes rescue animals have behavioral challenges stemming from life on the streets or past abuse. This can lead to problems with training and socializing them with other pets or kids.
All this being said, there is good news! Like humans, dogs in shelters are often just looking for a little TLC and a place to call home—and it’s worth it to give them one if possible because these pups tend to stick with their adopted families forever! The process of adopting an animal or two from one these facilities does require extra care but I think we’ve all seen enough movies about stray animals finding their forever homes that we know how rewarding it can be when someone does adopt them into theirs :)Dog Shelters: The Good, The Bad, The Adoptable
You’re driving down the highway with the windows rolled down and your favorite tunes cranked up loud. It’s a beautiful day and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. You see a little white dog darting across the road. You slam on your breaks, managing to avoid hitting the tiny, terrified creature. You turn around to check on him and he runs off into the woods. You’re left wondering if he’s going to be ok and how he ended up all by himself in the first place.
Dogs don’t just end up as strays or at shelters because of accidents like this one. Some dogs are rescued from abusive or neglectful homes or surrendered by owners who can no longer care for them; others are born in shelters to dogs with no home of their own. While you might imagine that shelter dogs would be overly sad, beaten-down creatures, they can actually be quite happy, healthy animals. In fact, many people have found their best friends at shelters!
There are some risks that come with adopting a dog from a shelter (like not knowing his full history), but animal shelters also offer an abundance
Dog Shelters: The Good, The Bad, The Adoptable
We’d be lying if we said we weren’t dog-obsessed. We love them. They’re great. But the fact of the matter is that dogs are dumb as a bag of rocks and will die if you leave them alone for ten minutes. So we’ve decided to write about something else: shelters!
Shelters are great, and people should adopt from them. And sometimes they have dogs—which is nice, since dogs are very good. But shelters don’t just have dogs. (Dogs are good.) They also have cats, which are terrible, but some people like them? For example, you might be one of those weirdos who likes cats—or maybe you know someone who does! If that’s the case, then you’ll want to read on to find out how to pick out a nice cat from a shelter near you.
I love dog shelters. Not only do they give me a chance to meet and get to know the wonderful dogs who need homes, but they also have some of the best people working there.
The staff at shelters are often committed to making sure that each dog gets the best chance possible at finding a forever home, and they go out of their way to make sure that happens.
But not all shelters are created equal. Some are run by small groups of volunteers, while others are operated by large national organizations.
Here’s what you need to know about finding a shelter that’s right for you:
• Some shelters are no-kill, while others are open-admission facilities that take in all pets regardless of their condition or behavior issues.
• No-kill shelters can be difficult to work with because they’re often overwhelmed with animals and don’t always have space available for new ones. If you’re looking for a specific breed or type of dog, this might not be an option for you.
• Open-admission shelters tend to be more flexible when it comes to taking in pets because they don’t have any restrictions on the type or condition of animals that come through their doors.
• If you’re planning on adopting from
We all know about the benefits of adopting a pet from a shelter, but did you know that an estimated 13 million dogs enter shelters every year? That’s a lot of canine companions in need of a home!
Are you considering opening your heart and home to one of these pups? We’ll help you make your decision.
What’s so great about shelters?
We all love dogs.
We love them because they’re fluffy, and friendly, and cuddly. We love them because they’re always down for a good time. We love them because they give us unconditional love. And we know that sometimes, in order to make sure our four-legged pals are as happy as they can be, they might need a new home.
Which is why it’s so important that when you decide to adopt, you do so from a reputable and responsible dog shelter.
If the idea of adopting a dog is new to you and you’re not sure where to start looking for your new best friend, we’ve got your back. Here’s how to find the right shelter for you—and what to look out for if you think something might be wrong with the shelter you’ve chosen.
Once upon a time, I was a dog.
I had the best owner ever. She played with me, took care of me, and took me everywhere with her. But then one day, she and I were at the dog park when this terrible person came up to her and said: “You should surrender your dog to a shelter.”
She was confused, but she went home and looked it up.
“It’s where they take dogs who don’t have owners,” she said. “And they’ll help other people find you!” I wasn’t sure what that meant, but I trusted her.
So we walked down to the shelter together. There was a nice lady at the front desk who helped us fill out some paperwork, and then my owner hugged me goodbye and left me there.
There were so many other dogs there! And they all had stories like mine! We all got along great, but I knew that as long as my owner didn’t come back for me soon, it would be hard for them to keep taking care of us all—especially if any more people brought dogs here who didn’t have owners!
Luckily for all of us, a nice man came in looking for a new best friend like me! They told him my