If you’re looking to give a dog a forever home, a pet shelter is a great option!
It’s hard to imagine a dog’s life at an animal shelter
Many people look for purebred dogs or adopt dogs from puppy mills for a variety of reasons including health, disposition, and size.
Reasons to Not Go Purebred
If you’ve taken a look at any purebred dogs, it goes without saying that they are usually very expensive to adopt. The price isn’t the only downside though. Because purebred dogs are created through a very small gene pool, meaning that a large portion of purebred dogs are inbred. Because of this, purebred dogs wind up with a wide range of health issues including epilepsy, heart disease and a higher risk of cancer. These health problems cost a lot to maintain. It is devastating to see your pet have to go through surgeries and chemotherapy simply because of their breeding.
Reasons to Not Go to a Puppy Mill
Puppy Mills are the term used to describe large warehouses that breed dogs to sell for a profit through pet stores or classified ads. Because these dogs are bred for a profit rather than as companions, they’re treated terribly. They are often in crates or cages for most of the day. Often they do not receive vet care, and are forced to breed until they can no longer produce any dogs- and then they are discarded.
By getting your next furry friend at a puppy mill, their cruel practices are funded and they continue to mistreat dogs to make a profit.
Why Choose a Shelter Dog
Dogs in shelters can be any age – from young puppies born in the shelter to calm older dogs. Because shelter workers or volunteers spend time caring for the animals while they wait for adoption, they can often give a description of the puppy’s temperament.
This age range and knowledge allows you to find a great companion that fits your lifestyle.
For example, if you run 10+ miles a day and want a dog that will run with you, the shelter staff would be happy to point out the young pups with high energy that would enjoy tagging along on your runs. Perhaps, you’re older and want a cuddly older dog who gets you out for two short walks a day and sits on the couch with you the rest of the day. Shelters have plenty of older dogs that have been waiting years just to find a forever home with you!
How Dog Shelters Work
Lost dogs – or dogs unwanted by their previous owners – are dropped off at shelters where they are housed, fed, and cared for by shelter staff or volunteers. Unlike puppy mills that strive to make money, animal shelters are nonprofit organizations. All adoption fees and donations go to feeding, sheltering, and finding homes for more dogs.
How to Adopt From a Shelter
When someone wants to adopt a dog, they can call or visit their local animal shelter. Because the shelter’s main goal is to find forever homes for the dogs in their care, it is in their best interest to pair you up with a dog whose behavior aligns with what you want. Once you and your new pal have been matched up, you’ll pay a small fee- usually to cover spaying/neutering and keeping the shelter running.
Then you get to take home your new dog to it’s forever home and start bonding! Erase your dog’s memory of his life at the animal shelter.
Credits:yourpurebredpuppy.com, paws.org, animals.howstuffworks.com