Thinking of adopting a shelter dog?
You see a cute, chocolate Labrador puppy begging for attention. What about the Great Dane with the deep dark eyes watching every move you make? Or the gorgeous Beagle/Pug mix whose tail wags every time you walk by?
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You take one look, and the next thing you know you are signing on the dotted line to bring that dog home with you. It happens to the best of us. A cute dog can melt even the coldest of hearts.
The following are 10 things you should know before adopting a shelter dog:
1. You are saving a life. A dog in a shelter is more than ‘one-in-a-million’ – he or she is one in around 2.7 million, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
2. Dogs from a shelter make great pets.The biggest reason a dog ends up in an animal shelter is not always because the dog did anything wrong. Reasons that the dog may end up in an animal shelter is because its human companion moved or couldn’t afford the dog’s care anymore. There are many other reasons.
3. Adopting a dog from a shelter is affordable. Dogs adopted from a shelter have already been spayed/neutered and vaccinated. These prices are already included in the fee.
4. Shelter dogs are housebroken. A majority of the dogs that are in an animal shelter may have already been trained, i.e. housebroken or taught basic obedience commands.
5. Shelter dogs are more loyal. Dogs at a shelter tend to have had a bad start in life. Once they are rescued into a new environment, they can become loving dogs. Shelter dogs, once they are adopted, will be loyal to the one who takes them out of the ‘bad situation.’
6. Mixed-breed dogs tend to live longer. Most shelter dogs are of a mixed-breed. Mixed-breed dogs is likely to live longer – which means less vet visits. Purebred dogs are more prone to health problems.
7. Adopting from a shelter means you can get your choice of age. Puppies are cute, but they require a lot of work. An older dog could be a better fit – as they are already house broken and trained with basic commands.
8. Stray dogs aren’t there for being bad. Animal shelters across the United states are overpopulated. Most of the dogs in the shelters are strays, but surprisingly most have been given up by their owners.
9. Shelters evaluate dogs before they are adopted. Dogs come into a shelter, and shelter staff will assess the dog for disease, temperament and compatibility with humans. The dog is initially placed in isolation before its allowed to be placed in the kennels with the other dogs.
10. Adoption fees for shelter dogs goes back to the shelter. When you adopt a dog from an animal shelter or rescue, the money paid goes back into the shelter. The fees will help with food, medical care and other needs.