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Reasons Why You Should Adopt A Dog From A Rescue Shelter

Updated on February 5, 2014
"To the world you may be just one person, But to one person you may be The World!"
"To the world you may be just one person, But to one person you may be The World!"

Why You Should Adopt A Dog Instead Of Getting A New Puppy

There are numerous reasons a person should consider adoption a dog. Perhaps the most important of which is that you sometimes save that canines life. Could you and your family benefit from the loyalty, affection, and love that mans best friend could bring into your home? Have you been considering the idea of getting a new dog but are still on the fence about it? If you answered yes to either one of these questions but are still not quite positive of your decision, here are some great reasons why you should adopt a new furry family member today!

We Can Stop It!
We Can Stop It!

One of the biggest reasons a person should consider pet adoption is that they could possibly be saving a canine from a horrible and painful death. Far too many animals die every year as a result of neglect and abandonment and many times this could have been avoided. Furthermore, because people do not want a dog who had a past many rescued animals end up being put down because the shelter runs out of room for them after a certain amount of time. The sad fact is that there are millions of animals in shelters right now who are starved for love and attention. You could be the saving grace for a helpless animal who has done absolutely nothing to deserve the pain and torment they have been through in life. If you are a compassionate person who has ample room in their home and their heart you should have already adopted a dog!

Another important reason you should consider adopting a dog is the company they could provide. Dogs have proven time and time again that they can live up to their reputation of being a man's best friend. When you bring a new dog into your home and shower it with love and affection, that dog will return the favor with loyalty and protection. A dog will love its owner unconditionally because despite the fact, they are an animal they do recognize what you have done for them. Out of all the pets, you could choose to own a dog is perhaps the most faithful companion. That alone should be enough of a reason to justify adopting a new dog.

Having a dog in your life can be a great way to ease stress and calm anxieties in life. If you live by yourself, you may be worried about someone breaking into your home, but with a dog in the house, you will not have to fear this. Many people suffer from loneliness daily and having a pet to cuddle with and talk to will ease the pain that being lonely causes. Being able to talk to a pet is a great way to work through your problems as well. If you do not feel comfortable talking to family and friends about certain issues, you could always speak with your pet. They may not talk back, but they will always listen to you while they watch you with big compassionate eyes.

Do you really want to deal with training a new puppy to go out before going to the bathroom. It can be quite difficult to teach a new pup how to ask to go outside before they make a giant mess. When you adopt an older dog from a shelter, they will have already been house trained. This means you will not have to worry about newspaper or puppy pads or picking up presents that have been left all over the house while you were gone. It can sometimes take weeks to train a puppy how to go outside, and in the meantime they can ruin your carpet or furniture. You will not have to worry about this at all of you adopt a dog who is already housebroken.

You can make a difference!
You can make a difference!

If you drop a dog off to a shelter, they will normally ask you for a donation before they take the animal off your hands. Most of the time when people are neglecting their dog, it is because they are not financially able to care for the pet as they should and these people probably do not have any money to donate in order to leave their dog with a shelter. This could be why so many dogs are abandoned in old houses or properties or found roaming around as a stray. When you adopt a dog from a shelter, you are putting your money towards an awesome cause.

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It is a proven fact that some of the best dogs in the world are dogs that have been rescued from bad situations. This might be because they do understand that their owner saved them, and they are appreciative that their new human did not treat them the same way the old human did. Many of these animals have lived through abuse, and this has caused them to become sky or timid. However, if these animals are trained properly afterward they can potentially be some of the best dogs to own. If you have rescued a dog from pain and abuse that dog is going to recognize that, and in return will protect you completely. They will always remember the kindness that you have shown them, and they will prove to be one of the nicest dogs you will have ever known. In fact, there are countless people who will not own anything but rescued animals for this reason.

They Just Want To Be Loved!
They Just Want To Be Loved!

Please remember that the choice to adopt any animal needs to be considered strongly, and several factors need to be thought about first. Make sure that you are financially able to bring a new family member into your home. Dogs are not free entertainment and shelters are full because so many people did not think about this before they got a puppy. You will need to be able to afford food, shelter when you are not home, health care for when they get sick, toys, and anything else that may come up in the future. Something else you must consider is time, and if you have enough to devote to a new animal. If you are never home and do not have any time to spend walking or playing with your friend you should pass on adoption.

Do you have other animals that are not going to get along with the new addition, do you have small children you may end up being uncomfortable having a dog around, or are there any doubts that you have in your mind about adoption? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may want to pass on the whole idea. You do not want to be the reason a dog ends up in a shelter waiting for a new home that they may never find. If more people were responsible in making this decision and more people understood the importance of this choice, then shelters would not be over crowded now. Please keep these things in mind before you chose to bring home a new dog or puppy.

Adopt A Shelter Dog: Save A Life

They may not be human, and they may only be helpless animals but they should be looked at as an important part of your family and should be treated just as good as you would treat any of your family members. A good rule of thumb to live by, if you would not do it to your Grandmother, then do not do it to your dog.

These are just a few of the numerous things you should consider before rescuing a dog and there are several other reasons that are just as great. The reasons listed above should be enough of an incentive for someone who has been debating the idea to learn towards adopting a neglected animal. If you are having strong thoughts about adopting a dog then you should not hesitate to find your local animal shelter and bring home mans best friend today!

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      Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas

      We are in total agreement about adopting shelter dogs. The unfortunate fact is that shelters -- or at least many of them --have exorbitant adoption fees and many families that would/could provide a loving home simply can't afford to adopt. I think all of us that are animal lovers should try diligently to find a way to limit adoption fees so the average family can adopt a furry family member before they're put to death. There's a shelter in a neighboring county to me that runs ads on Craig's List saying something like "if you don't adopt this pet by 5 p.m. tomorrow he'll be euthanized" -- BUT they don't lower their exorbitant adoption fee so people can! Looks to me like they'd rather put the pet to death than lose money on it -- sad, sad. Again, great article -- thumbs up! Best/Sis

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      mireland19 3 years ago from Maine

      I know it is an extremely vicious circle because, as you said, the best families cannot afford to adopt. Since so many people give puppies away cheep when they are not papered it is an easier route for those people to take. You know that is terrible because if you are going to put the dog down anyway then you are not going to make money on it, so why not give it one last chance at life and lower the cost or, worst-case scenario, give them to a loving home. When I go to a shelter I have such a hard time leaving. I used to work with children who liked to go see the animals and when I would go I would literally want to adopt every single animal in there. It is just so sad that they have no say in life, no voice of their own, and they did not ask to be born and not wanted. I just wish that instead of putting the animals down they would find people who would take them in for less of a fee or as I said above for free. Thank you for the comment I love knowing that there are other people in the world who feel this way as well. I only wish there was a way to utilize all of the people who feel strongly about this and actually change things in the world :(!

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      renee21 22 months ago

      I will always get my dogs from a shelter. Great hub! Voted up!

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