13 Reasons Why You Should Rescue A Dog

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If you feel like now is the time to welcome a new furry friend into your family, you might wonder which place is best to get your dog from: a breeder or a shelter. There is no right or wrong place however, there are some amazing benefits with rescuing your new family member from a shelter.

1. Shelters Are Cheaper

If you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a dog, consider adopting one from your local animal shelter. Rescuing a dog can be much cheaper than purchasing one from a breeder.

Paying to adopt a dog may seem a bit much for some people. They may think that since they are rescuing a dog that no one else wanted, it would be stupid to pay for it. However, you need to keep in mind that when you adopt a dog from a shelter, you are not paying for the dog, but paying an adoption fee to the shelter, at least that is the case with most of them.

The adoption fee is what allows the shelter to keep going and it is only fair that you contribute something to it. In any case, the adoption fee is still way cheaper than what you’d normally pay for a dog.

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2. You’re Saving a Life

Many of the animal shelters in the United States today are kill shelters, which means they euthanize the animals that don’t find homes. If you choose to adopt from your local animal shelter, you would be saving a life.

The problem with many shelters is that they simply do not have the means to keep all the dogs that don’t get adopted. Sadly, the only solution they can find is to euthanize some of them, usually the old and the sick ones.

By adopting a dog from a shelter, you can be sure that nothing bad will ever happen to them. Saving a life is an amazing feeling and it is something you should definitely be proud of.So r emember this the next time you’re thinking about buying a dog from a pet store or a puppy mill! There is a dog somewhere out there waiting for you to save his life.

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3. Your Rescued Pooch Will Love You Forever

If you’re the person who takes a dog out of the tiny kennel in the animal shelter, he will forever be grateful to you for getting him out of that place.

Dogs are incredibly loyal animals and once you establish a friendship with them, it is for life. Now imagine saving them from a shelter and giving them a home, with lots of love, care, warmth and security! They will follow you wherever you go and they will literally be your best friend.

Rescued animals are often different from others. They remember what you did for them, how you turned their life around and helped them when they needed it the most. A rescued dog is forever grateful and the love he has for you will last for as long as he lives. He will be your best friend, your companion, he will protect you and your family as long as he is there with you.

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4. There Is a Wide Variety

When you go to an animal shelter, there are plenty of dogs to choose from; puppies, older dogs, already spayed or neutered dogs, small dogs, big dogs and all dogs in between. Instead of having a set breed in mind, you have the option to browse.

Sometimes people want a dog but they are not sure what kind of dog they want and what kind of dog would suit their needs the best. Also, many people don’t know that much about different dog breeds and can end up with a breed that doesn’t go well with them, their home or family.

If you choose to rescue a dog from an animal shelter, you can get to know those dogs first hand and once you do, you’ll figure out soon enough which dog is right for you. Also, it often happens that a dog in a shelter and their future owner have an instant connection the moment they first meet, and it is certainly a precious experience.

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5. You Can Skip the Potty Training Step

A great advantage to rescue a dog from your animal shelter is that they may already be potty trained. If you can skip the potty training step all together, it may be well worth it.

When thinking about getting a dog, most people are annoyed with the necessary potty training phase that every puppy needs to go through. Depending on the breed and on the dog himself, potty training can be a long process that requires a lot of patience.

One of the plus sides of getting a dog from a shelter is that in many, if not most cases, those dogs are already potty-trained. Maybe it’s a grown-up dog that has lived with a person or a family who already potty-trained him, or a puppy that has been trained by the staff in the shelter. Either way, getting a dog that already knows that number one and number two are done outside, not in the house, is a major advantage.

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6. You Will Get a Healthy Furry Friend

One of the best reasons why you should rescue a dog is that they most likely already have been vaccinated. Animal shelters typically don’t allow dogs to be placed in homes without their needed shots and may even be spayed or neutered, which can definitely save you money in vet bills.

On the other hand, if you buy a puppy in a pet store or a puppy mill, in most cases it is you who pays for all the medical expenses, such as the obligatory vaccines, treatment for parasites, neutering and such.

Also, many shelters have a resident veterinarian who makes sure the dogs are not just vaccinated but healthy in any other way. Because of this, when you rescue a dog from a shelter, you already know his medical history and don’t have to worry about his shots, at least not until it’s time to re-vaccinate him.

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7. You Will Not Be Contributing  to Puppy Mills

A puppy mill is where many dogs are kept in an unsanitary and unhealthy environments so the owner can just make money. They don’t usually care for the dogs like a true breeder would. If you decide to rescue a dog from your local animal shelter, you are not only saving the life of your new family member, but you’re refraining from supporting such puppy mills as well.

Puppy mills are facilities where the profit is more important that the dog’s well being. In these facilities, puppies are often kept in tiny, dirty kennels or cages and they do not receive all the care they deserve. These inhumane conditions are the most important reason for boycotting puppy mills altogether.

Animal shelters are a completely different story – they have very low or no profit at all and their purpose is to find a loving home for the dogs. This is why you should always opt for rescuing a dog rather than buying one from a puppy mill.

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8. Dogs That Are Adopted From Shelters Are the Best Family Dogs

Almost all people who have rescued dogs have come to realize that their dog is the best dog they’ve ever had. Dogs that are adopted from shelters are typically the best family dogs as they tend to be grateful for being freed from the shelter and welcomed into a caring, loving home.

Adopting a dog also serves as a great model for your family, especially kids, since it is a more ethical option and helps children develop empathy. Adopted dogs and children make great friends. Children take care of them because they know what those animals have been through, and the dogs, on the other hand, protect and care for the children out of gratitude and genuine love.

A rescued dog will never forget that you saved him and gave him a loving home. He will be your family’s guardian and companion and an amazing playmate for your children.

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9. You will know exactly what kind of dog you’re getting

If you decide to buy a puppy, you will not know what it will turn out to be when it’s older, especially with the dog breeds that are a bit more difficult to train and are known as feisty or even aggressive. With a rescued dog, what you see is what you get and this certainty is another reason why you should adopt a rescue dog.

People who work at the shelter will be able to tell you all you need to know about the dog you are interested in, because they already know him, his health and character. With puppies, it is a whole different story. You might get a puppy that looks tiny and frail and the next thing you know, he’s grown into this huge pony-like dog that.

Or, you may get a bad-tempered dog that requires more attention than you can give him. Getting a dog from a shelter does not involve this risk because those dogs are already grown and have finished their development, so there won’t be any surprises.

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10. Be a role model to your children

By adopting a pet from an animal shelter, you will be setting a good example for your kids and teaching them important lessons about life. Teaching them about compassion, love and, ultimately, that life isn’t fair but we do what we can, is a major plus.

Dogs in animal shelters often have a sad story. Some dogs have been abandoned, some have been molested and some have lived with a loving owner who, unfortunately, passed away. Through those stories your children will learn that everyone has a story of their own and they will grow into compassionate human beings.

Not just that – when you adopt a dog, you will teach your children the importance of helping others. You will also teach them that money can’t buy everything and that buying something fancy or flashy is not what really matters. Children can learn a lot from animals and living with a rescued dog can teach them even more.

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11. Stop the killing of dogs

It is estimated that approximately 3.7 million animals were euthanized in the nation’s shelters in 2008 and although this number is slowly decreasing, it is still a huge figure. By rescuing a dog from an animal shelter, you will save at least one life and help to keep those numbers decreasing.

You may wonder what is the purpose of shelters if the dogs are going to get euthanized in the end? Well, the sad truth is that most shelters run on very low budgets and they simply do not have the means to care for the dogs. Rather than letting them loose or leaving to starve to death, they choose euthanasia. This is heart-breaking, cruel and sad, but that is just the way it is.

If you want to do something about it, the best way to get involved and help directly is to adopt a dog. There is nothing more rewarding than saving a life.

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12. Stop the inhumane treatment of dogs in pet stores

Dogs in pet stores are often kept in small spaces and intentionally made to look depressed and sad to boost sales. How many times have you walked by some pet store and seen a sad pet that you wanted to save from that place? It gets even worse when the lights go out and dogs are put in so called “puppy mills” in horrid conditions.

Selling dogs is a sad business, when you look behind the facade of pet shops. There is no way that keeping a puppy in a tiny box or cage is humane and that puppy is certainly not getting all the care, love and attention he needs.

By adopting a dog from a shelter instead of buying one from the pet shop, you are doing your part in the fight against establishments such as pet shops and puppy mills. Not to mention that paying money to “possess” a living creature sounds pretty much like slave trade.

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13. Rescued dogs are healthier

Approximately 75 percent of dogs who are waiting to be rescued are of mixed breeds, which make them more resilient to diseases and easier to train. This also means that 25 percent of dogs are purebreds so it’s an urban myth that there are no purebred dogs in animal rescue shelters.

Therefore, whether you are looking for a purebred dog or a mutt, there is a dog waiting for you in a shelter. It has been proven that mixed breeds are so much healthier than purebreds and they have a much longer lifespan. Some dog breeds are known for health problems and genetic issues and some live a very short life.

The dogs of mixed breeds are genetically much more immune to diseases. This is because when you mix two (or more) different genetic pools, i.e. different breeds, the recessive genes that are responsible for some of the diseases practically get buried.

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