We’re sure you’re already fully aware of the many health, life, and social benefits of having a pet dog. Your animal loving children have already filled you in their extensive attributes. If you’ve decided to take the plunge and get a dog, though, where do you get him or her from? While many people choose to buy their pet from a breeder, another option that has many benefits is to adopt from an animal shelter. Below we outline some of the reasons why you should adopt, not shop.
Doing a Good Deed
OK, the first reason isn’t really a practical benefit – it’s a sentimental one. When you buy from a breeder, you’ll be taking home a dog that probably would have been housed anyway. When you go to a charity shelter, you’ll be giving a dog a new lease of life. He or she will have been through some tough times, but you’ll be arriving just in time to ensure they have a full and happy life. All dogs want to love – show them some love and you’ll be treated to infinite affection.
Deep Down Goodness
There’s a misconception about dogs from an animal shelter, one that suggests they’re inherently “less good” than other dogs. This is not true at all. While some may initially show some signs of nervousness, any dog that is put up for adoption will be capable of being a fantastic pet, especially if they receive professional dog training. You can read stories of dogs whose characters have been completely transformed after adoption; as we said above, all dogs just want to love, just some haven’t been shown the right levels of affection yet.
Keeping the Costs Down
If you’re more of a practical, black and white type of person, then think about this: when you adopt from a shelter you pay nowhere near as much as you would if you bought a new puppy from a breeder. The adoption centers aren’t in to make money; they do it because they care about animals, and you can rest assured that the money you do spend will go on helping even more animals.
Stop the Breeding
Now, there’s no way that all dog breeders are bad. There are many out there who do a great job and are in the industry because they love what they do. However, as dog breeding is a business it also has some less than reputable breeders too. These people run ‘puppy mills’, whereby they mass produce dogs (putting little money into making sure they’re fit and healthy) and then sell them with only aim: to make as much money as possible. If everyone went to a shelter instead, this business model would soon collapse.
Helping the Charity
Finally, remember that animal shelters are charities. They do it because they love animals, and you love animals too! But shelters are very expensive to run. Go with them and it’ll be much more satisfying knowing you’re getting a great dog and also helping other people do what they love.