At the very least you will get a devoted friend for life.
What could be more awesome than that?
via: Life with me(ghan)
Aren’t they just dogs that have been given away because they had too many problems? There has to be something wrong with them. If a dog is so great why would anyone give it up?
The above statements are statements I have heard time and time again when it comes to the topic of adopting a dog (or any animal). These misconceptions are simply not true. People have tons of reasons for giving up an animal – most of which have nothing to do with there being something “wrong” with the animal.
I have personally rescued a Husky/German Shepherd. He is the most beautiful and lovable dog. It is almost as if he knows he was rescued and he finally has a permanent home with us. Don’t get me wrong, I am not out to bash breeders or people who buy their animals from another source -these are just my personal reasons as to why you should look at adopting first
1. They come trained
Many shelter pets receive training and socialization before they are able to be adopted as this makes the transition period easier on both parties. Our rescue received training for an hour a day every day before he was adopted by us. He was so well trained we were really shocked at just how well behaved he was when we went to go visit him. Most shelter animals also come house trained so there is no need to worry about coming home to an “accident” because your dog couldn’t hold it.
2. Yes, you can find puppies and pure bred dogs at a shelter
You read that correctly. Roughly 25% of dogs in shelters are pure bred dogs. You can also find many puppies up for adoption. If you have your heart set on raising a puppy you have that option. Believe it or not, many people will throw their dogs in the ditch and leave it there- especially if they don’t want to deal with the hassle of a pregnant dog. Good Samaritans will bring this dog to a shelter and BAM now they have an adult dog AND its puppies to adopt out. Sadly, this happens more than it should but it means that you are able to get puppies at shelters.
3. A clean bill of health
You can never be certain how healthy a dog is if you bought it from a breeder or a pet store. When you by from a rescue your dog will be up to date on all of its shots, fixed, micro-chipped, and will be released to you with a clean bill of health (unless stated otherwise). Often times if there is something wrong with the dog or animal before it gets adopted a reputable rescue will not let you take it home until that problem gets solved. There is no need to worry about an extensive amount of vet bills when it comes to rescuing a dog.
4. What you see is what you get (unless you adopted a puppy)
You can never be certain what you will wind up with if you get a puppy. You could have wanted a large breed dog but by the time your dog got older they were significantly smaller then you wanted. Maybe you wanted a quiet dog and ended up with a very yappy one. When you rescue a dog what you see in the dog now is how it will be when you take it home. You can pick between sassy or sweet, lazy or active, big and large, etc. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and you will be matched with a dog that fits your life style. When you go to a rescue the staff will know the animals and they will match you with the dog that is best for you.
5. Instant life companion
I find that most rescue dogs somehow “know” that you rescued them and they will make an instant bond with you. This or they want to make sure that they make a good impression on you so they don’t find themselves without a human companion ever again. Either way, rescue pets make extremely affectionate and loyal companions.
If you need an extra friend to go through life with I highly suggest rescuing an animal instead of buying one. In some cases you will be giving that dog the gift of new-life and adventure. At the very least you will get a devoted friend for life. What could be more awesome than that?