Why adopt instead of buying from a breeder?
- Why adopt?
Adopting a dog rather than buying from a breeder is a great way to reduce the demand for puppies bred in puppy mills. Every year, millions of healthy dogs are euthanized simply because there aren’t enough homes for them. Adoption is one way to help combat pet overpopulation—and adopting from a shelter or rescue group can be just as rewarding as buying an animal. Shelters and rescue groups often have many breeds and types of dogs to choose from, and they may be able to match you with the right dog that fits your lifestyle and personality—something shelters are experts at doing!
- Why not buy?
While some people might argue that getting a purebred puppy from a breeder is safer than adopting, it’s actually more likely that you’ll end up with health problems if you go this route. Puppy mills often breed sickly animals and don’t have proper veterinary care for their dogs when they get sick or injured. The ASPCA strongly opposes puppy mills, which breed dogs in mass quantities without consideration for their welfare or genetic soundness—so do we!
The benefits you’ll get from adopting
Aside from the warm fuzzies you’ll experience for giving a dog a loving home, you also get a number of other benefits when you adopt:
It’s cheaper. Adoption fees can be less than half the cost of buying from a pet store or breeder. (For example, some animal shelters may charge only $50 to adopt an adult dog, while breeders typically charge $700 to $1,000.) What’s more, many animal rescue groups offer health care at the time of adoption; others throw in coupons for free food or medicine. Your new best friend will also come spayed or neutered, saving you up to another hundred dollars.
It’s less hassle. Buying from a breeder involves lots of travel and paperwork: researching reputable breeders in your area (or one beyond), making sure they have healthy dogs with no genetic issues and good temperament records, filling out endless forms and answering questions about your lifestyle before you can even see them (let alone bring one home), then doing it all over again when what you want isn’t available right away … not to mention learning about how to deal with any potential problems that could arise later on as your pup matures. Adopting is as easy as picking which furry face wins your heart!
Adopted pets are already housebroken and socialized—at least somewhat—so there won’t be any accidents on the rug or biting friends who try to pet them. Adoption counselors can help evaluate how well-mannered particular pets are so there aren’t any surprises after bringing them home, making the transition smoother for everyone involved. You won’t ever have to worry if they were bred by someone who made money by mistreating animals either. Best of all? No puppy breath necessary!
Shelter pets are just as awesome!
These animals are just as healthy, smart, cute, and fun-loving as the pets you’d find through a breeder. Shelter dogs have the same capacity for affection and loyalty as any other canine out there; by adopting one, you’ll find that your pet will be your loving companion for many years to come.
The cost of adoption.
When it comes to the cost of adoption, each shelter will have its own pricing structure. Some shelters charge an adoption fee that is comparable to what you would spend on a dog toy at your local pet store. Even if the adoption fee is slightly higher, it is still far less than what you would pay for a dog at a pet store or breeder.
What to do before you adopt a dog
Adopting a dog is an exciting adventure. Before you head to the shelter and meet your new best friend, it helps to do some research:
- What size dog are you looking for? If you’re living in an apartment or don’t want to deal with a big commitment, maybe try a smaller breed like a chihuahua or dachshund.
- Do you have kids? Some dogs don’t do well with children. Others will be too much for small kids to handle. Think about how your home’s residents will interact with the pup before deciding what breed might be best suited to your family.
- Do you already have other pets? Some animals don’t get along well with others (we’re looking at you, cats). You’ll probably need to find a dog that’s compatible with your current pets so that everyone can coexist peacefully in one house.
The best ways to find a shelter in your area.
There are a lot of great options for adopting dogs. One of the best ways to find them is online. PetFinder and Petango are two excellent resources for showing which pets are available in your area, but there are also Facebook groups dedicated to rehoming animals from local shelters and rescue organizations! If you’re looking for something more specific, you can use the search tool on their websites or call around to different places nearby.
Here’s a list of some places where you can go:
- Local rescue groups
- Local shelters
- Animal control offices
- Vet offices
Some of these places may not always have dogs available so it’s important that when you visit one near you, don’t expect every dog will be there! But don’t worry – there might be another place nearby with more options! The ASPCA has its own shelter network as well as a website called “Adopt A Pet” where visitors can search through thousands of listings from all over America who need forever homes too!
Planning your visit to the shelter.
When you visit the shelter, here’s what to bring:
- A dog toy (to bond with your new pet while they play)
- A dog treat (to give the pet as a reward for good behavior)
- A dog leash and collar (for when you adopt the dog and are ready to take him or her home)
Tips for meeting the dogs in your local shelter.
It can be tempting to adopt a dog on the spot when you see one. After all, any canine is likely to win your heart with their cuteness and charisma. However, it is important you take the time to get to know them so that you’re making the best decision for both of you! Here are some tips for meeting a dog at your local shelter or rescue:
- Go into the situation prepared. Are you looking for a cat-friendly dog? One that will enjoy training and agility courses with you? A low-key lapdog? Do your research ahead of time so that you can ask questions about each dog’s characteristics. Make sure to come prepared with any necessary documentation as well.
- Be ready to spend time with a dog before adopting them. Shelters are busy places and most dogs require more than five minutes for potential adopters to get an accurate feel for their personalities and temperaments. Even if it’s not feasible to spend an hour with every dog, make sure you have enough time set aside so that no dogs’ personalities will be missed by rushed interactions.
- Be prepared to come back again if needed! It’s important that all family members have a chance to meet the dog before finalizing any adoption papers. Some shelters may even require this step before they allow adoptions (especially in cases where there are small children involved). Additionally, if there were other dogs in your house or community who met the new arrival first, it would be wise to bring them along after meeting with shelter staff first just in case introductions need assistance from professionals such as trainers or behaviorists. If possible, ask about visiting hours so that these meetings can occur at optimal times (for both humans and animals).
Questions to ask when you’re planning on adopting a dog.
When you’re planning on adopting a dog, there are plenty of questions to ask. You need to make sure that the dog is a good fit for your home and lifestyle; to do that, ask questions such as:
- What’s the dog’s history? It’s important to learn about the dog you’re interested in adopting: what his/her situation was before arriving at this shelter or rescue group, and how long he/she has been staying at the shelter or rescue group. This information will help you know what to expect from your new pet in terms of behavior and routine.
- What kind of food does the dog like? If you’re planning on going out and buying specific food for your pet, it’ll be helpful to know what kinds of foods he/she likes best!
- What kind of exercise routine does the dog have? Does he enjoy walking around outside? Is she an avid runner? Knowing these details beforehand can help you come up with fun ways to spend time together!
A dog can change your life.
If you’re thinking about adopting a dog, you’ll find yourself looking into their eyes and wondering what their life was like before you. But just as important is thinking about what your life will be like after they come home.
There are many reasons to adopt a dog, and they all point to the same conclusion: dogs change lives. Let’s explore some of these reasons now.
Dogs can be a lifelong companion, helping us through good times and bad. They provide unconditional love and loyalty that we can depend on forever. Dogs can also teach us how to be better people — how to be more loving, patient, kindhearted, empathetic, and selfless. A dog’s unique personality helps them become our best friends in no time at all. And dogs are always ready for an adventure–a new trail or park or even just a trip to the beach or farmer’s market! As enthusiastic workout partners, dogs keep us healthy by encouraging us to go outside and get moving every day. They’re also great conversation starters! You’ll find yourself making new connections with other people who share your love for man’s best friend (or woman’s or gender-neutral person’s).Don a dog by wearing one! How to Save Adoptable Dogs near you: a blog around pet adoption.
The life of an adoptable dog is not an easy one. Many are waiting for the day that a human will give them a chance, and take them in to their forever homes. Unfortunately, many of these lovable pups have to wait in shelters for months, even years before they are finally adopted.
What if there was something we could all do to help these adorable animals, who only want love? Well, there is! We can wear them! By wearing dogs, we can help decrease the stress on shelters, and increase the chances of those dogs getting adopted.
It’s as simple as this: once you find your perfect pup-to-wear, simply slip it on over your head (or over your heart if you are feeling extra sentimental). Not only will this cutie be with you wherever you go, but they will distract all those around you so much that they’ll always be thinking about how cute that dog is. This means they’ll be reminded constantly of how much they need a dog in their lives. And guess what? You’ll be right there with it too! That’s right; one of the greatest things about
How to Save Adoptable Dogs near you
You don’t need to own a dog to save dogs in need. You can use your consumer power and fashion sense to help save dogs with every purchase. Here’s how.
Do Your Research
When shopping, look for signs of cruelty-free practices, like the Leaping Bunny logo, which signifies products that are not tested on animals and are free from any animal-derived ingredients. Not all companies have this symbol, though, but that doesn’t mean they’re not cruelty free!
Product labels can be misleading, so do your due diligence. If you see a product that is labeled “cruelty-free” but does not have the Leaping Bunny logo on it, it is probably parroting language from the Federal Trade Commission’s “Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims.” This means you can trust that it is cruelty-free as long as it’s not also claiming to be vegan or using other terms that would make its cruelty-free claim false. But even this label might be misleading—the company may still use suppliers or manufacturers who test on animals. So before buying a product with either label, look at its website or contact its customer service department to find out more
Dogs are loving, loyal animals that deserve to be taken care of. And you can help by taking one home and giving them a forever home!
Adoptable dogs are all around us—in shelters, in foster homes, and even on the streets. There are so many ways to adopt a dog, so it’s only fitting that there are so many ways for you to wear your love for dogs, too! Plus the benefits of showing your support are endless: you’ll be helping to raise awareness about the importance of adoption, you’ll be helping raise money for animal rescue organizations, and, most importantly, you’ll look really cute!
Why are dogs always wearing bandanas? Is it because they’re tough? Are they trying to look cool for us? How do dogs even put them on?
The answers are no, no, and we don’t know. But what we do know is that bandanas have never looked as good as they do when adopted pups are wearing them.
When you donate $50 or more to a shelter, the dogs get their own bandana.
There are so many reasons to donate to rescues and shelters. The cost of saving animals in need is high, especially since pets are rarely adopted with all the medical care they need. And the cost of not saving them? Incomprehensible.
So this month, we want you to wear a dog by donating to rescue missions near you. Want a little added incentive? Every donation over $50 receives a FREE bandana—just like the ones the dogs wear!
[INSERT PHOTO OF A DOG WEARING A BANDANA HERE]Don’t have time to get out to your local rescue or shelter? No worries! We’ve gathered some links below so you can give from the comfort of your own home (or office—we won’t tell!).
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Let’s be real: when you look at the incredibly high number of dogs that are euthanized in shelters across the country each year, it can be hard to feel hopeful. But it doesn’t have to be this way!
When you adopt a dog, you not only save a life—you make room for another dog to come into that shelter and find their forever home. And with so many great dogs waiting for homes in shelters, there’s no reason to consider breeding or buying from a breeder.
So if you’re thinking about bringing a new dog into your life—please, please consider adopting one from your local shelter. You’ll be saving a life and adding so much joy to yours!
Here’s how to get started: