If I had a penny every time I heard that someone passed up the chance to own a shelter dog because they wanted a new puppy, one that they could “easily train”– I would be a millionaire (or at least a thousandaire :D) Oh yes, it happens every single day. Holly Housewife decides that a 3 month old puppy would be easier to train than the 2 year old dog because the one in the shelter is “broken”.
And then she realizes that she has to potty train it… and kennel train it… and train it not to jump… and train it not to bite… and so on and so on. And then what happens to that cute little puppy in six months?The cycle is complete and it too becomes a shelter dog. Does that make this dog “broken”?
No! It doesn’t and here are FIVE REASONS WHY I (and the HSUS) think you should adopt your next pet:
Reason #1 : You will become someone’s HERO!
It is true. Between 3 and 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the US because too many people give up their pets and too few people adopt from shelters. Space at shelters is extremely limited and the staff members need to make the decisions to euthanize HEALTHY animals who haven’t been adopted. So when people tell me that they are taking their dog to the shelter, but that its okay because their dog is adorable/sweet/loving, I get so mad. All of the dogs and cats are adorable and sweet and loving! But they are still being put to sleep.
Reason #2: You will be getting a HEALTHY pet!
What people don’t understand about animal shelters is that they are stocked full with happy, healthy animals that are just waiting for someone to take them home. Shelters examine and give vaccinations to animals when they arrive, and they also spay and neuter for you! This isn’t a deal that you will get with the pet store or online. Trust me. It is a common misconception that animals end up in shelters because they’ve been abused or done something “wrong”. In fact, most animals are given to shelters because of their owners personal reasons, not because of anything they’ve done. Things like a divorce, a move, lack of time or financial constraints are among the most common reasons why pets lose their homes. How is that fair?
Reason #3: You will save money!
Adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue is SO much cheaper than buying at a pet store or online. They are already spayed/neutered and vaccinated. That adoption fee seems like a bargain to me, compared to the $600 check you are writing just to purchase the dog!
Reason #4: You will actually feel better
All pets have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Not to mention, you just saved a life. That makes you feel even better! Not only do these animals give you unconditional love, but they know that you saved them, and they will be forever grateful!
Reason #5: You will be sticking it to the Puppy Mill Owners! 🙂
Enough said 😀
I don’t mean to sound so harsh, but it is so important for everyone to just open their eyes for a second. Go to your local shelter, contact a local rescue or EVEN EASIER go to www.petfinder.com There are so many websites to buy dogs, but everyone forgets this really easy one that could actually save a life. But more importantly, before you even think about getting a new pet, make sure that you and your family have time for this new family member. Sit down and have that talk about expectations and schedules. In five months when you say, “we don’t have time for it anymore”… Who’s fault is that, really?
“Shelter dogs aren’t broken, they’ve simply experienced more life than other dogs. If they were human we would call them wise. They would be the ones with tales to tell and stories to write, the ones dealt a bad hand who responded with courage. Don’t pity a shelter dog. Adopt one. And be proud to have their greatness by your side.”
October is National ADOPT A SHELTER DOG month! Please consider adopting a forever pet for your home from a rescue or a shelter! If you can’t adopt, considering fostering and ALWAYS keep your local shelter or rescue in mind. They could always use food donations, toys for the animals, and old blankets! Take a look in that attic or garage and make the day for an animal a little better.
Share your favorite adoption TAIL here 🙂 In a world full of bad stories, it will be nice to hear a few of the good ones.
As I ALWAYS say, *Adopt, Don’t Shop!”