If you’re considering purchasing that next adorable puppy instead I’d highly recommend you try visiting a dog adoptions rescue or shelter. Adopting a dog can be one of the most rewarding things because not only are you starting a friendship with a lifelong friend, but you’re also saving a life!
Reasons Dogs Are In Shelters
There are many reasons dogs end up at the animal shelter and many of shelter dogs will make suitable pets. Not all dogs end up in shelters because they were necessarily bad or had behavioral problems. Some of the reasons dogs end up in shelters are:
- People buy dogs without considering the effort and expense of dog ownership.
- Some end up there because an owner dies or goes into a nursing home.
- Some are also either given or simply dropped off there because of divorces and neither person wants or can care for the dog by themselves.
- But there’s many dogs end up discarded because they were used by breeders or puppy mills as sort of breeding machines. Then when they no longer serve that purpose, they are given up.
- And lets not forget the state of our economy and the home foreclosures. Many dogs are getting abandoned and left behind as homes are foreclosed.
Are There Pure Bred Dog Adoptions?
Remember this: …rescued dogs who have been neglected or abandoned need training to be a good member of your family. People don’t know that a good percentage of rescue dogs aren’t just mutts, but come from breeders or pet stores, and are pedigrees. Either way rescued dogs can make great pets and can, with your compassion and patience adapt to your lifestyle and family members. You`ll then be rewarded with their loyalty and affection. An abandoned dog is usually eager to become part of a loving pack where they feel safe and loved – since they are by nature pack animals. Many who adopt these rescued dogs describe their new family members as eager to please and form strong bonds with their human ‘pack’.
Adoption Questions Before You Adopt
To be a responsible dog owner and to make the best dog adoption choice, ask yourself the following questions:
- Why do I want to adopt a dog? (This is a simple adoption question that few people ask themselves.) Adopting a dog just because they are so cute, or the kids have been obsessed with wanting a puppy, more often than not ends up being a mistake. Remember pets may be with you 10 to 15 or more years.
- Do I have time for a dog? Dogs need food, water, care and exercise everyday of the year. They cannot be disregarded just because you are to busy or tired to deal with them. Some dogs require more exercise then others; many dogs in shelters are there because their owners didn’t realize this, and didn’t have the time to really care for their pet properly.
- Can I have a dog where we live; are my living arrangements suitable for pets? Some communities don’t allow pets and most apartment complexes don’t either. Adopting a big dog could present some problems. This is another dog adoption question few people ask, they just assume they can.
- Can I afford to adopt a dog? There’s Veterinary care, even healthy dogs need yearly check-ups, dog food, grooming supplies, toys etc. Purebreds, mixed breeds and mutts all basically need the same care. Ask your local veterinarian before adopting a dog what the average cost could be.
- Is it a good time for me to adopt a dog? If you have really young children, you might want to wait for them to mature enough to handle some of the responsibilities. If you travel a lot with your job or some other reason, waiting for a better time might be wise. Adopting a dog can be a fun experience for the whole family.
- Who would care for your pet when you go on vacation? Should you have to be away from home for some reason, do you have friends or neighbors that would help out? Or would you have to pay for boarding at a kennel or for a pet sitter.
Breed Rescue Groups vs Animal Shelters
There are breed rescue groups for just about every breed. Form purebreds to mutts, so you can get the dog you want and still save a life. Keep this in mind that puppies find homes easier than older animals. Most of these dogs will probably be older which can be a great advantage. More than likely they have had some training, often housebroken and you also can avoid the teething stages that can be destructive. An older dogs personality has already developed so you can tell what their temperament will be. Breed rescue groups are very careful about placing the right dog with the right family.
Both Breed Rescue Groups and Animal Shelters would be great places to find a pet. People with in-depth knowledge of a specific breed usually run purebred rescue groups. Rescue groups keep adoptable animals until they can be placed in loving, permanent homes. Contact your local animal shelter or the HSUS they can help you find out if there is a breed-rescue group near you. Animal shelters and breed rescue groups work together in helping to find homes for their pets. Check them out today save a life.
Breed rescue groups basically get their name because they “rescue” the dog from an animal shelter. Rather than seeing a dog put to sleep when no one claims or adopts them. So if you start at your local animal shelter first you will help save a dog from going through another stressful situation. Don’t be under the misconception that these groups have dogs that search the rubble or avalanches to find trapped people or bodies. They would be the Search and Rescue. Or they are the people that train dogs to help the disabled. They would be Service dogs. However you might want to think about this, many of those dogs that were trained to work in those groups were taken from animal shelters. So you see go visit your local animal shelter.
Facts On Animal Shelters
The initial cost of adoption from an animal shelter is usually less expensive than the price at a pet store or from a breeder. More often than not your pet will probably already have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and de-wormed if needed. Most dogs will have been checked for heartworms. Animal shelters take in a variety of animals. Even with the best efforts by the staff, some may not have been vaccinated and viruses can spread. Keeping this in mind if you have other pets at home check to see if they are up to date with their shots before bringing a new pet home. Take your new pet to the vets soon after adoption for a health check-up and vaccinations if needed.
If you are adopting a puppy or younger dog most animal shelters require that you have them spayed or neutered by a certain age. Animal shelters will often provide you with a discount certificate to take to your veterinarian when the time is right. Many animal shelters provide follow-up support and counseling on training, medical services and behavior problems. They can refer you to providers that will be able to help with these issues and work with you to solve your problem.
Most animals from shelters respond very well, with time, to loving care and attention. Keep in mind that he or she is probably feeling a little confused. Coming home with you is as new to them as it is to you and he or she might be wondering where they are and who are these people. It may take one to twelve weeks for the animal to get used to you and your home. You must be patient and helpful during this time.
Adult dogs are usually housebroken and may have had some obedience training. So you won’t have to go through the house training stage. Some however may require a refresher course until he or she learns the new house rules. Crating may help at first, and while it might look like a jail cell to you, to your dog it is his or her own private room. The crate should have enough room so your dog can sit and stand-up and turn around comfortably. You shouldn’t crate him or her all day or night or they will begin to feel like they are in a cell.
Dog adoption can give you a lifetime of unconditional love, friendship and devotion. Where else can you find somebody that greets you with as much enthusiasm or a stronger dedication of love? In return for a loving family, food, water and shelter. Most of all you are giving an animal a second chance with a good home. Save a life adopt a dog from your local animal shelter or humane society.
If you want a special breed of dog, please always adopt rather than buy. If you do buy a dog make sure it is from a responsible breeder. (Unfortunately not all breeders are.) Keep in mind when looking for a particular breed that twenty-five percent of animals arriving at shelters are purebreds. So check your local animal shelter first.
What breed of a dog are you looking to adopt, a crossbreed (mix breed) purebred or a mutt?
When you go to adopt a dog have a general idea of what breed you are looking for. This will help in making your decision a smart one, whether it is a purebred, crossbreed or mutt. Don’t be discouraged on your first visit to an animal shelter if there are no animals for the breed you want to adopt. Your shelter may have a waiting list and will call you when a dog fitting your description becomes available.
- A crossbreed is a combination of two different purebreds. So if you are able to recognize the ancestry of a particular mix, you might have a good chance of knowing how they will turn out also.
- Mutts are the product of two mix breeds. Mongrels as some are called. Each mutt is a one of a kind, which I think makes him or her unique. Mutts are less likely to have genetic diseases that afflict many purebred dogs. Don’t count out “mutts” when looking for a dog to adopt, they make great pets and are very intelligent also they have great dispositions. They would make a very good “best friend”.
- A purebred means the parents and other ancestors are all members of the same breed. So there for, you have a good chance of knowing what physical and behavioral characteristics that breed is likely to have. Just remember a lot of people think if they have a purebred they have a guarantee of health and temperament that is not necessarily true. You have a good chance on finding a purebred to adopt at an animal shelter