more than saving lives…
These are some great reasons to consider adoption next time you are looking for a furry family member:
You’ll save a life. No, you won’t save the millions that are dying in shelters every year, but you’ll save one. And that’s all we can do, is save one at a time. When we do that, we get closer to a no kill nation. In a nutshell, you’ll give a dog a second chance at finding a home and you will not add to the nation’s pet overpopulation problem. And when you adopt, you open up space in a rescue or shelter for them to save another from being euthanized!
Rescue dogs make great pets. A “second-hand” dog is in no way second-rate. Most rescue dogs available for adoption are healthy, affectionate animals. And, thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers and staff, many rescue can even give dogs a head start on house training and basic obedience before they’re adopted, especially when they utilize foster homes. The main reasons pets end up in shelters have nothing to do with them being ‘less’ of a dog (according to www.petfinder.com):
- Owners are moving to housing that don’t allow pets (7% dogs, 8% cats)
- Allergies (8% cats)
- Owner having personal problems (4% dogs and cats)
- Too many or no room for litter mates (7% dogs, 17% cats)
- Owner can no longer afford the pet (5% dogs, 6% cats)
- Owner no longer has time for the pet (4% dogs)
You’ll save money. Rescued dogs are much more inexpensive than buying a dog. And they are just as wonderful, happy, healthy, great family members and most often fully vaccinated and spayed/neutered!
You’ll feel great. It’s simple, dogs make people smile. And, in the process you saved their life!
You won’t be supporting horrendous puppy mills. Puppy mills are “factory style” dog-breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Most dogs raised in puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and the parents of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction. (Source: Humane Society of the United States).
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