When people ask me where the best place to get a dog is I turn to the shelter every time. Loyal, gentle and desperate for love, shelter dogs truly make the ultimate companions. Nothing compares to the love that a rescue pup will have for you. They truly save their humans, not the other way around! I’ve heard all the arguments there are for buying a dog and as tempting as it can be I can top them with my top 6 reasons to adopt a rescue dog.
1.) You Know What You're Getting
When you adopt a rescue dog, you have the opportunity to meet them and get to know their personalities, so you can make sure you’re getting the right fit. Whether you’re looking for a calm companion for your sedentary lifestyle or a playful pup to go jogging with, you know exactly what you’re getting before you’ve even brought them home. Plus, shelter employees often get to know the animals under their care and can help guide you in the right direction.
2.) Minimal Training Needed
Training a dog to behave is one of the hardest parts of being a new pet owner. If you adopt a rescue dog, chances are he or she’s already got at least some training under their belt. It’s great not having to start from scratch. Puppies also tend to be adopted quicker than older pups, so you are giving these dogs a chance at a new and wonderful life.
3.) You're Helping a Dog That Truly Needs You
There are so many dogs out in the world already. If you adopt a rescue dog, you know you’re giving a loving home to an animal that needs you more than any other. It’s the ultimate feel-good decision and the rewards of adopting a rescue dog into your family are endless.
4.) Puppies Require Extra Work
Bringing a puppy into your home can be a lot like bringing home a new baby. They are super high energy and require a lot of your time and attention. If your heart is set on a puppy then there are rescue options for you as well, but adopting from a shelter gives you the easy option to skip the puppy stage altogether and adopt an adult or even a senior dog.
5.) You Help Put an End to Harmful Puppy Mills
Every time you choose to adopt a dog instead of purchasing one, you’re helping to eliminate the need for disreputable breeders and puppy mills. You want to be confident when you bring home your new family member that you’re not contributing to harmful practices. The best decision is an ethical decision.
6.) Rescue Dogs Know That You've Helped Them
No dog loves you quite the same as a rescue dog does. You might need to see it to believe it, but rescue dogs truly recognize that you’ve come to their aid. They’ll show you all the love and respect in the world for taking them into your home and being the best dog mom they could hope for.
No matter what breed or personality of dog is right for you, you can find the perfect companion waiting for you in a shelter. I’ve given you my 6 best reasons to adopt from a shelter, but there are so many more I haven’t mentioned. So before you start shopping, consider taking in a dog in need.