Why You Need To Adopt A Shelter Dog Now
By: Sara Borzatta
If you’ve never had a dog, you’re missing out. The unconditional love a dog brings to your life is priceless. Hearing pawsteps coming to the door when you arrive home after a long work day, or having a running partner to keep you motivated, are just fractions of the goodness that dogs provide. If you’re thinking of adding a four-legged best friend to your life, here’s why adopting might be your best option.
It’s economically friendly
Adding a pet to your life is also adding expenses needed to care properly for said pet. Adopting a dog costs half as much or less than buying from a breeder—spend that extra cash you saved on new toys and treats to welcome your dog to the family.
All the choices
Adopting a dog from a shelter offers you a unique opportunity to interact with a number of breeds and mixes in one visit. This will give you more insight into the kind of dog that works well with your lifestyle.
You can choose an age that works for you
Just as animal shelters supply you with an array of breed choices, they also offer you a chance to adopt a dog of any age, from puppies to senior pups. This is especially helpful if you’re a first-time dog owner and the thought of housetraining a puppy brings on panic attacks.
You’re saving at least three lives
If you think about it, you’ve just saved your adopted pet’s life, literally and figuratively, plus you’ve made space for another stray animal to take his spot in the shelter, and you’re saving your own life by adding daily happiness doses and you’re completing a good deed. If that’s not enough to make you feel zen-like, dogs also force you to be more active, so you’ll finally have an excuse to shape up.
You have a support system
Unlike buying a puppy at the pet shop, adopting from your local shelter offers you a sense of support. Local shelters have a community of volunteers, many of whom adopt dogs themselves, to answer any questions you may have about owning a dog for the first time.
You’ll find well-behaved pets at shelters
Contrary to what you might think, most dogs that end up in shelters are not there because of a behavioral infraction. The ASPCA claims that the most common reason dogs are relinquished to shelters is owners moving to a residence that does not permit dogs.
With all of the stray animals out there, there is an actual need to get them into shelters before something endangers their lives. There is also a need for more space in existing shelters. The ASPCA estimates that 3.9 million dogs arrive at animal shelters across the U.S. each year – hence adoption is necessary for the system to run effectively.
These are just a few of the reasons that adopting a shelter dog should be at the top of your to-do list. Obviously make sure that you’re financially and physically capable of caring for a pup before adopting one. But if you’re thinking of getting a dog, take time to look into the shelters to see if your new best friend is patiently waiting for you to finally come get him.
About the Author | Sara Borzatta
With a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in tourism, Sara loves nothing more than writing and traveling, except animals. As the Content Manager at Whistle, she spends her days researching trends, creating content and playing with the office pups. As an avid country-hopper, her favorite thing about visiting new places is befriending stray animals and tasting exotic food.
Oct 4, 2016