10 reasons to adopt a shelter dog

Reasons to adopt a dog from a shelter

People are either for or against dog breeding. Some only buy dogs from breeders, while others only adopt a dog from a shelter. It’s the same way with cars. Some people always buy new cars and others always buy used.

Here are some reasons why adopting a homeless animal is a good choice. Next week, I will write about reasons to buy from a breeder. I favor adopting homeless animals, but I also know many wonderful dogs that came from breeders.

As for my dog, I got him for free from a woman who just didn’t want him anymore. He didn’t come from a breeder trying to make money, and he never spent time in a shelter either. He was just some mutt that someone was tired of, so he became my mutt.

If you will be getting a new dog anytime soon, here are some reasons to consider adopting a homeless animal.

1. You will save a life when you adopt a dog.

Adopting a homeless animal will save that dog’s life. With so many homeless animals, each one has a good chance of being killed or facing a life in a cage. Owners of former shelter dogs talk about how rewarding it is to know a dog has a better life because of them. Click here for more info on how to adopt a dog from a shelter.

2. Purebreds also need rescuing.

There is a rescue organization set up for almost every breed of dog. If you have your heart set on a Pomeranian, you can search for that breed through Petfinder and find a homeless Pomeranian or any other breed you are interested in.

3. The initial cost is usually less for a shelter dog.

Most shelters charge an adoption fee around $120. This is nothing compared to the price you could pay for a puppy from a breeder, which could cost more than $1,000, depending on the breed. Plus, when you adopt an animal from a shelter, it has most likely been spayed or neutered and will be up to date on its vaccinations. This will save you money, at least in the beginning.

4. Mixed-breed dogs can compete in agility and obedience.

Agility and obedience competitions are not limited to purebred dogs. Mutts can compete too. I am thinking of entering my mutt in an agility competition with NADAC, which welcomes any dog. Mixed-breeds can also become therapy or service dogs. The options are endless for what you can do with your shelter dog.

5. A mixed-breed dog might have fewer health issues.

Mixed-breed dogs are not healthier than purebreds, but certain purebred dogs are prone to certain illnesses. For example, I grew up with three golden retrievers from three different breeders. All of them developed hip dysplasia, chronic seizures or cancer around the age of 5. This is common for the breed. A mixed-breed dog could develop these same issues. But depending on the mix, these problems might be less likely.

6. There will be more unique dogs to choose from.

Shelters are filled with the most unique mixes of dogs, like a dachshund/beagle mix or a golden retriever/chow. Not only that, but there are a variety of ages, even puppies. You will have a lot of options for choosing the dog that is right for you. Maybe you want a senior dog, or a dog that has lived with cats. If you visit enough shelters, you will eventually find the dog you are looking for.

7. You can find a dog that is already trained.

Many shelter dogs are already house trained, kennel trained and know obedience really well. Although Ace didn’t come from a shelter, a big plus in adopting him at age 1 was because he was already kennel and house trained. He did not know any commands, but many shelter dogs do, and that can give you a head start on training.

8. The dog’s personality and size are usually clear.

You will be able to tell the personality of an adult dog at a shelter. Also, since most shelter dogs are at least 6 months old, the size of the dog will be pretty clear, too. So you will know what you are in for.

9. You do not have to deal with the puppy stage.

It is a great idea to adopt an adult dog from a shelter. The puppies will find homes easily, and you won’t have to deal with all the fun things that come with puppies such as teething, messes, crying, kennel training, housebreaking, socialization, excessive energy, shots every few months, de-worming, spaying or neutering. Need I say more?

10. The rescue or shelter will give you a trial period to make sure the dog is right for you.

All shelters and rescues do not do this, but many will take the dog back if it doesn’t work out. Shelters want to match dogs up with the best homes and they understand it’s not always going to work out.

Why did you adopt a shelter or rescue dog?

16 thoughts on “10 reasons to adopt a shelter dog”

  1. I’ve never adopted a shelter dog. I seem to be a fur magnet, and most of my pets have found me, quite literally. They just wandered into my yard! I believe that God brought them to my door! Not all were happy wanderers though, I did buy my Pekes from Breeders.

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  2. I agree and disagree. 🙂

    We have two pure breds and a rescue. Our first pure Husky has all sorts of issues. Our second is a rescue and also has all sorts of health issues (especially as she gets older but she’s always had some). And our third is a pure bred and is pretty healthy in comparison (sensitive stomach is all). And we ADORE him. He is our baby boy.

    Having said that I am ALL for rescuing and try to convince hubby to let me but he is very against any breeds other than Huskies or Malamutes. He doesn’t want any other breed (perhaps a Samoyed) so I do try to look for rescues in those breeds. Especially since people seem to get them as puppies because they are so cute and then realize how difficult they are to train and become alpha over.

    Hubby did say that we could donate and take dog food to our shelter though.

    I think if going to a breeder people need to be VERY careful. Our second breeder (Malamute) does not breed for profit. She does it for love of the dog. She shows and she sleds. She only breeds when she is ready to take another member into her dog family – she always keeps one pup. And she has a waiting list for her pups because they are such high quality.

    Though they are more expensive than pound puppies.

    If I could I would build a great big barn with heating and air conditioning and lots of large kennels with lots of blankets. And I’d adopt every dog I could!!! 🙂

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  3. Very well written and balanced Lindsay. If and when I get another dog it will be a Dane & a rescue dog.

    I almost got one last month who was the same age as Chels. She & another were being given up as they had killed some stock…It was a big decision but in the end I had to let her go due to supervision (I work shift work) and both would of been under 6 months. i know with my schedule I couldnt give two 100% of the time they would need for training etc. It was hard but I wanted what was best for both dogs

    the decision to have any dog, either a new pup or a rescue needs to be made with the full knowledge they are reliant on you for life…

    Great post…

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  4. I think Mixed Breed Dogs are great and definitely need to be rescued. I think people have a tendency not to adopt them because of the bad rap they get from some places. At DesignerMixes.org we are trying to promote information and awareness of all mixed breed dogs and hopefully get more people to adopt rather than buy.

  5. yeh I found my baby boy in the classifieds so not a pound puppy, but almost. the lady that had him before just didn’t want him and they were moving, so she dropped him off and I fell in love. His temperment is awesome and he’s just a lovely dog 🙂 total cuddler. Still don’t really know what mix of breeds he is but he looks a lot like there’s some rotti/pitbull/mayyybe mastiff. big boy though he’s 10 months and atLEAST 80-90 lbs

  6. Kudos! ALL of my pets are rescues, period and will always be. When it is time for one of my pets to go to heaven, I’ll look for a stray or get another from a shelter, I love to give an animal a good home knowing they’ve come from nothing. I think there are too many unwanted and abused animals on this planet for anyone to actually CHOOSE to breed them on purpose?! I simply do not get it. I love animals…not what they look like, where they came from, who bred them, who their Momma was, how many perfections/imperfections they have or don’t have or any other reason. I want to help them – the world over and improve world views on animal care & help push to legislate stricter laws against animal cruelty and the overbreeding that it currently going on to support pet stores and profit breeding!

  7. Wow! Thanks so much for publishing this; I’m in eighth grade, and it helped tremendously with my essay on why shelter dogs are better than purebreds or designer dogs. It was so great, thanks again!

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