Should you adopt your dog from a shelter or rescue, or purchase a puppy from a breeder? Listed here are five reasons to consider adopting a dog.
Saves a Life
Perhaps the number one reason to rescue a dog is that you are saving a life in the process. In the United States alone, the ASPCA estimates that 670,000 dogs are euthanized in shelters each year. By adopting a dog you are directly reducing this number – and your dog will thank you!
Purchasing an ethically bred purebred puppy is expensive ($500 - $3,000), and does not include all the expenses that go along with owning a dog, such as vaccines, spay / neuter, and microchip. Adopting a dog is much less expensive ($50 - $300), and for most rescues this price includes vaccinations, microchipping, veterinary care, and spaying or neutering.
Supports Good Practices
Not all purebred puppies are expensive, which is typically a sign that they have been bred via unethical means, such as in a puppy mill. Even purebred dogs can be found in rescues, and adopting from a rescue organization ensures that backyard breeders and puppy mill operators are not profiting from their unethical ways.
In many instances, dogs that are adopted from a shelter or rescue already know basic obedience and are potty trained. Additionally, the dogs that are available for adoption from a shelter have been extensively temperament tested so that potential owners know what they are getting when bringing the new dog home. With puppies, there is no real way of knowing the adult personality, which can lead to problems later in life.
Access to Resources
Finally, shelters provide life-long access to resources when adopting a pet. Every animal shelter’s goal is to minimize the risk that a dog returns to the facility. Shelters can often provide training resources and advice, as well as financial help for dog owners that have fallen on tough times. On the other hand, breeders are typically unable to aid in such instances.
Ultimately, choosing whether to adopt or shop is a personal decision. However, there are many advantages to adopting, such as being more budget friendly, saving time spent training, having access to more resources, and saving a life.
Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals.The Actijoy blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.