The Pros of Bringing Home a Rescue Dog
We’re Pro Adoption – so here are a few pros for why you should adopt a dog
Although bringing home a dog from a shelter is becoming more and more commonplace, rescue pooches still get a bad name now and then. Some people believe that all rescue dogs are in a shelter because of negative traits, such as behavioral issues or psychological problems, but this simply isn’t true. Sure, some rescue pups do need more TLC than others, but these kinds of dogs will usually only be entrusted to experienced homes. If you’re thinking about bringing home a rescue dog, it’s best to think about all the positives and the joy that a dog could bring to your life.
You’re Providing a Dog with a Much-Needed Home
The Humane Society of America estimates that around 3 to 4 million unwanted cats and dogs are euthanized every year. If you rescue a dog from a shelter, then you’re giving one of these animals a second chance and may even be saving his life. When you adopt from a shelter, that also frees up a space for another dog who’s in need of a place to stay. If that doesn’t make you feel good about yourself, then what will?
You Can Find Dogs of All Types
Some people get put off rescuing a dog because they have a very specific idea about the breed or age of dog that they want. You might be surprised at how many different kinds of dogs you can find at a shelter. Purebred dogs are not much less likely to end up in a shelter than mixed breeds, so it’s fairly easy to find one who needs a new home. If you have a specific type of dog in mind, you may be able to find a local shelter that specializes in rehoming only dogs of a certain breed, these are often referred to as “breed rescues.” Don’t be disheartened if you want a puppy, either, because a saddeningly large amount of puppies end up in shelters too. Often, these puppies are a result of an unexpected pregnancy, which the owner of the mommy-dog just couldn’t afford.
It’s Cheaper Than Buying a Dog
If money is a concern for you, consider that rescuing a dog is likely to cost you less than it would be buying a dog from a breeder. While you might have to give a shelter a donation of a couple of hundred bucks or so when you adopt a dog, buying a puppy from any breeder is going to set you back a sizable chunk of cash, especially if they are – or at least claim to be – a responsible breeder. Plus you’ve got to consider what you get for your money when you adopt a rescue dog. A rescue pooch will usually be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, de-flead, and de-wormed, which is going to save you a whole bundle of money, too. Plus, you should think about where your money goes to. Get a dog from a shelter and the money you give them will go to help other animals in need.
They May Already be Trained
Dogs end up in shelters for all kinds of reasons, so many of them will already be housebroken and have some training. This is going to save you a lot of the time, effort, and frustration that can come with training a pooch. If you’re a new dog owner and are unsure about your training skills, it’s a huge bonus to have a dog who comes to you already knowing how to obey a number of commands. Who knows, you might even end up adopting a veritable doggy Einstein.
You Know What You’re Getting
When you purchase a puppy, you are taking a chance on what you are getting in terms of personality. They may appear to be a calmer, more laid-back puppy only to “come into their own” and reveal a high-energy dog with a desire to go, go, go. This is more likely to happen when a dog is being separated from their littermates, allowing its real personality to shine through. On the other hand, dogs that are kept in a foster home are given the chance to adjust and reveal their true selves. If you are looking for a certain personality type, have a conversation with the fosters to find out which dogs (or puppies) will fit your lifestyle.
Are you unsure of what breed or personality will best fit into your life? This is another great benefit when it comes to adoption. Rescue workers have a wealth of experience in placing dogs. This means that they are knowledgeable about what works and what typically doesn’t. Try reaching out to your local shelter and explaining a bit about yourself, your schedule, and your idea of vacation time. With this information, they can make recommendations for dogs that will complement your routine.
You Can Choose the Best Age for Your Life
While puppies are adorable, they are also A LOT of work. If you’re at a point in your life where you don’t plan on committing to the training, socialization, and never-ending energy of a puppy, you may find that an adult dog or even a senior could be a better fit. There are many great older dogs that would more than happy to spend a life cuddling on the couch or relaxing at your feet while you work from home. In addition to your lifestyle, consider the space you have available. A calmer adult dog may be a better fit for a quiet apartment building than a high-energy puppy.
There Are No Long Waitlists
If you are purchasing your dog from a responsible breeder, there is a good chance that you are going to have to put your name on a waitlist for a chance to bring home one of their dogs. This is due to the high demand and the fact that, unlike puppy mills, they aren’t mass breeding to place as many dogs as possible. This is a good thing; we’re not saying it’s not. But, if you don’t’ want to wait to bring a new pet into your home, the rescue process is generally a shorter time frame. It’s not something that is going to happen overnight. Be prepared for the fact that you will still need to fill out applications, potentially do interviews, and get approved.
Are You Unable to Adopt at This Time?
If you would LOVE to adopt a dog but it’s not a good time – why not reach out to your local shelter or rescue organization. There are many dogs that would benefit from having a volunteer come in and walk them, play with them, or just cuddle up and give them all the attention that they crave. This is a great option for animal lovers that work long hours or those that travel a lot for work making it hard to commit to the needs of a pet in their own home.
Lauren Corona is a freelance writer from merry old England. She specializes in writing about dogs and other critters. Lauren lives near Oxford, with her gorgeous Doberman, Nola. When she’s not tapping away at the keyboard, you’ll find her walking in the woods with Nola-dog, raising money for the Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary, cooking vegan food, making zines and writing about herself in the third person.
Lauren Corona is a freelance writer from merry old England. She specializes in writing about dogs and other critters. Lauren lives near Oxford, with her gorgeous Doberman, Nola. When she's not tapping away at the keyboard, you'll find her walking in the woods with Nola-dog, raising money for the Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary, cooking vegan food, making zines and writing about herself in the third person.
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