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5 Reasons to Adopt Shelter Dogs

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5 Reasons to Adopt Shelter Dogs

August 24, 2021

Recent statistics show that about 85 percent of dogs get adopted from rescues and shelters, which still leaves 15 percent who remain without forever homes or are euthanized. If you’re trying to choose between adopting or shopping, here are five reasons to consider the former.


1. You are Giving a Deserving Dog a Second Chance at Life



Adopting a shelter dog is a win-win for both you and the pup. Your days and your future new family members' days of loneliness will be no more because you both will have each other to love, snuggle and play with. If you are willing to take a greater risk, which could broaden your horizons and open your heart even more, when you arrive at the shelter, ask for the most overlooked pooch and see if you both have a connection. You might be surprised! And, because the dog has been overlooked, your dog will be even more ready for a new home and full of love to give.


2. You Have a New Pet to Spoil and Shop For

 


Admit it. You absolutely love putting your pup in the car and going for a spin to the local pet store to pick out toys, food and vitamins. But sometimes, circumstances don’t always permit you to shop in person. Thankfully, there’s this amazing invention they call, “The Internet.” There are some really great online options like Chewy for fun toys and comfy bedding or Ready Pet Go! for snacks and multivitamins like Omega chicken, cheese and bacon flavor chews with Glucosamine Chondroitin for joint health.


3. It will Save You Money


 


Look up your local dog parks and their rules. Make sure to read reviews from other pet parents, too! This will show you what you can expect during your first visit with your pooch. It’s a good idea to make a solo trip to the park before bringing your pup with you, just to get a feel for what you can expect when you do go together for the first time. This will also give you an opportunity to get familiar with the other locals who bring their dog When you adopt a shelter dog, you actually save money because the shelter usually covers the cost of spaying and neutering and of any necessary shots and/or vaccines, leaving you to pay a nominal adoption fee that already includes these costs. If you buy a dog with papers, you pay for the pup, which can often cost a small fortune. On top of that, you will also have the additional costs of shots, spay or neuter surgery or breeding costs down the line. Some purebreds are also prone to skin sensitivities and other chronic health conditions that just come with the territory, whereas a shelter dog is usually a beautiful mutt or mixed breed, which may have a more robust tolerance to sensitivities and will likely not have the sometimes expensive needs as a full breed. s there as well. Ask them about their experiences to get some first-hand knowledge of how this park works!


4. They May Come Trained



Depending on the age of the dog, a shelter dog may already be housebroken and trained to follow basic commands like “sit” or “stay.” Keep in mind, even with a potty-trained pup, you might need to have a little refresher course when you bring your new bestie home, just to make sure your pup knows how to tell you and where to go. Be sure and ask the shelter about the dog’s family history, especially if you have children or other pets. This will help determine if the pup is a good fit and will integrate well with your family and other pets in the home. 

 

5. There’s a Huge Selection



Shelters have a large selection of dogs from which to choose including all ages, backgrounds, full breeds, half breeds and good ‘ol loving mutts. Because they have been in a shelter, most will be eager and ready to go to their new, loving home. Keep in mind that some dogs may have come from an abusive home, so your pup might be a little nervous around people. You can help alleviate any anxiety with Zen calming chews, but also try to find a shelter that provides a re-socialization program so there’s a smooth transition from the shelter to your home and family.


It’s important to remember that shelter dogs might need a little more hands-on work at first, but they have so much love to give that the effort is totally worth it. You’ll get to see them grow into happy, healthy members of your family. Then, one day, you’ll begin to wonder, “Who rescued who?”

  


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