It’s a common belief that dogs in shelters have medical issues or behavioral issues that usually cause them to end up there in the first place. Most dogs are taken up by the shelters because they’ve had some kind of issue with their owner but what people don’t know is that these shelters are responsible for taking care of any existing medical conditions and behavioral issues before potential adopters mingle with them.
You should also consider adopting a dog before you go on to spend a huge sum of money on a new puppy. Adopting a dog is often less expensive as compared to purchasing one from a breeder. Dogs belonging to a certain shelter are often up to date with their vaccination schedule. They have been checked by their vets for health issues, neutered and even trained to some extent.
Many good shelters employ dog trainers or have staff that is responsible for training dogs especially ones who have behavioral problems. They aid these dogs to go through the path of rehabilitation. Larger shelters also offer follow up training after adoption or recommend services that provide decent help with challenged dogs. Trainers also offer discount for dogs belonging to shelters.
When you adopt a pet from the shelter, you get a chance to learn about their personality beforehand as compared to buying a puppy from a breeder. Adopters get a chance to talk to the staff and trainers in order to know and judge if a certain dog is going to be a good fit for their family.
If you adopt, you can choose and adopt a dog of any given age. Instead of buying a puppy and raising them, you can adopt a dog who is already trained and understand cues. It will save you the hassle and will require less amount of effort to be put in.
Most shelters keep a wide range of both pure and mixed breeds. If you are looking for a dog in particular, there are rescues in almost every state, for almost every breed. An adopted pet is quite as loving, intelligent and loyal as any other pet that you are going to buy from a pet shop.
Above all, when you’re adopting, you provide a home to a homeless pet and simultaneously not supporting the inbreeding business of pets, where large amounts of pets are inbred to meet the demand in the market but are genetically defective and have poor social skills. So by adopting, you give animals a second chance at life.
Another important reason why you should adopt rather than shop is to save them from being euthanized. Everyday around 200 pit bulls are euthanized because there is no one to adopt them. These animals are killed irrespective of the fact that they are perfectly fine and healthy animals. When you adopt an animal, you save a life. Besides, you are helping the animal shelter make extra space for animals that are homeless.