When it comes to getting a dog, you really just have two options. The first option is to purchase an expensive dog from a specialized breeder, while the second is to adopt a rescue dog from a shelter. There is no right or wrong answer here; it will mostly come down to your personal ideas, feelings, and emotions on the subject. However, there are many reasons why rescuing a dog is the better alternative and will be the best decision you ever make when it comes to having a pet. Here are a few of them for you to think about.
They’ll Be Extremely Loyal
Dogs are not dumb animals, and they understand (if not in great detail, then at least in broad strokes) what is going on when they are kept up in a cage awaiting adoption. Even if they are properly cared for, they will feel unhappy and lonely. All they want is a place to call home.
This is why, if you adopt a shelter dog, you will have a unique connection with them, and they will not want to leave your side after you bring them home. They will be your constant friend and fiercely devoted to you for the rest of their lives. This is a great gift that not everyone gets to experience, so take advantage of it while you can.
You Can Give Them a New Life
Every dog that comes from a shelter has a tale to tell. They may have had a family in the past, but they may have grown too big or shown a disliked behavior characteristic. Perhaps their former owner passed away or got too weak or ill to care for them. Perhaps the dog was mistreated and needed to be saved. Maybe the previous owner didn’t understand how to take care of a dog in the right way and didn’t know about using 23 items you must have in your pet first aid kit. When you adopt a dog, you are giving them a new life, regardless of their background.
Allowing dogs into your house to live out their days, whether they are puppies or old animals, is a wonderful thing to do, and it is a kind and unselfish gesture for which you will be rewarded with a loving, happy dog. Some dogs may take longer to adjust to their new surroundings than others, depending on their history and personality, so it’s a good idea to read up on the subject so you can truly offer them what they need and make them as happy as possible.
It is Less Expensive
It may not seem appropriate to discuss money while considering adopting a dog, but the reality is that it must be done. A brand new pure breed from a breeder is not for everyone, and some of these dogs will cost thousands of dollars. A dog from a shelter will cost you very little money apart from a donation and perhaps a payment for their inoculations. Furthermore, if you adopt an older dog, they may already be trained, so you won’t have to worry about that cost either.
In exchange, you will get a lovely new companion who will complete your family, and you will be able to help the shelter do even more excellent work via your contribution.
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