Adopt a Shelter Dog

October is adopt a shelter dog month, and if you’ve ever had a shelter dog in your life, you know they are very special furry friends. With so many great shelters around the country, you don’t have to travel very far to meet the perfect addition to your family.

Once you know you’re ready for the commitment of a dog, the best question you can ask yourself when starting the adopting process is “What am I looking for?” Are you looking for an exercise buddy, a best friend and confidant for your children, a partner in agility competitions or just a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day work? Chances are every one of those kinds of dogs can be found at your local animal shelter.

A common misconception people carry about shelter dogs is that there must be something wrong with them if they ended up in a shelter – this is just simply not the case. Occasionally, families simply aren’t as ready for the addition of a dog as they thought, other times people move and can’t bring their dogs with them. Sometimes a child will develop an allergy and the family is forced to get rid of their pet, and many times shelters find dogs of all breeds and ages on the street with no home at all.

If you know someone who is planning to get a dog but hasn’t decided to adopt, please share this list with them.

5 Reasons to Adopt a Dog

  1. You WILL make a difference. If the problem of pets dying in shelters seems overwhelming, think about this: If just one in three people opted to adopt rather than buy a dog, no adoptable dogs would need to be euthanized for lack of a home.
  2. You will find your perfect match. With more than 174,600 adoptable dogs posted on sites like Petfinder (an estimated 25% of them purebreds), you’re certain to find your perfect match.
  3. You’ll save time and money. Sure, shelters and rescue groups charge adoption fees, but you can easily find a pet who has been vaccinated, spayed or neutered and, quite often, trained. If you were to pay for those services yourself, you’d spend much more.
  4. You will receive unconditional love. Ask anyone who’s adopted: Rescued dogs just seem to know you saved them (especially older dogs), and they repay that act of kindness a thousandfold. How many times have we heard someone say their shelter pet in fact rescued them?
  5. You will not be supporting cruelty. Each dog adopted rather than purchased means less of a market for unhealthy, inbred puppies produced under cruel conditions in puppy mill operations throughout the country.