ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Adopt a Shelter-Dog - Learn Why & How to Give This Gift

Updated on August 24, 2017

Why Bother Adopting? Shelter Dogs Make Wonderful Pets

The sad fact is that most online-dog buys deal with Puppy Mills, while dog-adoptions are face-to-face matters, where you obtain your dog from individuals, or from an approved pet shops.

This article discusses the whys of adoption vs buying, and has resources for identifying good shops that adopt out puppies, and provides listings of stores to avoid because their dogs come from Puppy Mills.

When you adopt you put your heart into it! There are countless reasons for adopting a dog, rather than buying. It's a kindly reminder that you are also considering the fit from the animal's point of view. And the best place to find your pet is at an animal shelter.

The staff are trained to help visitors identify the type of dog that matches their needs. They know much more than the visitor, about the particular breeds that are currently available from that shelter and about other breeds that may be more suitable for an individual or family.

image credit: Cocker Spaniel

Why Say Adoption Instead of Buy

What Do You Want From a Dog?

Many folks wonder about the why of using the term adoption? When a person uses the term adoption, they mentally change the focus from buying an object, to adding an additional member to the family.

It's a change from buying and using things, to providing for and including a member of a family. We know that every family member has needs and rights, and we also know that probably with the exception of houseplants, our objects do just fine when we leave them alone at home.

But only the most perverted person would willingly abandon a family member, for long periods alone at home - and never without sustenance, and some means of interacting with others. Yet it can be easier for those who buy a pet to suspend their attitude of caring they apply to family . members. So, animal rights' advocates have, for years, campaigned to spread the notion that animals deserve certain basic comforts, the same as persons do.

Adoption of a pet doesn't equal adoption of a person, but it is every bit as important because the animal (in this case, the dog) does become another member of the family. A living pet requires attention, food, exercise, companionship, order and cleanliness to maintain mental and physical health.

Dogs - The Book


Lavishly illustrated coffee-table book presents the dogs and all the information you want to have about each breed. Keep this book close while watching the televised Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.


image credit: werner22brigitte

Please Share Your Opinions

Would you rather adopt or buy a dog?

Adopt a Puppy - Don't Buy a Puppy - be skeptical about where online puppies come from

When a person buys a puppy, either in a store or online, they are likely buying from a Puppy Mill, rather than from a responsible breeder. To puppy mills dogs are inventory, items to buy and sell to make the most profit possible.

When speaking to the advertiser over the phone, avoid purchasing if they indicate that they have many puppies from which to choose. When they state that that they will have more puppies available soon, or on a set schedule, do not buy from them. They are most certainly a Puppy Mill, because no family or responsible breeder has that many dogs to care for.

Humans do not give illnesses to puppies, but Puppy Mills refuse to allow visits to their facilities because they don't want potential buyers to learn the truth about the conditions under which dogs are bred. They tell the caller that they don't permit visits, to safeguard the health of the puppies (saying their immune systems are not functioning yet).

Adopt Don't Buy Puppies

Find Out What Happened to Michael Vick's Dogs

The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption
The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption

What happened to these dogs was a crime, at the hands of a then-revered NFL player, who was never rehabilitated, according to reviewers.

What happened to the dogs is another story - a detective narrative, both gut wrenching and heartwarming. This book will leave you asking questions about the NFL's glorification of brutality and our national conscience.


Dog Adoption Checklist

What Do You Want From a Dog?

1. Are you looking for a Pal to accompany you on walks, hikes, trips to the coffee shop, fishing trips, on cross-country trips?

2. Do you want a pretty little lap dog to keep you company at home?

3. Is it a big best friend you want, who will sit up high and listen to your woes and let you hug her when you laugh?

4. How about separation - do you regularly go on business trips that would mean your dog would need boarding?

5. Are you seeking a show dog?

6. Are you in need of a guard dog?

7. Do you want to add to your present family of dogs?

8. Would a certain type of dog make the best therapy or monitor dog?

It's important to explore such questions in your own mind first, before going out to find a puppy. A little lapdog would be miserable being boarded frequently, and a big golden retriever needs outdoor space at least part of the day. Evaluate your desires and needs so both you and your pet will be happy.

Puppy Rescued From Death Row

Little Boy Blue: A Puppy's Rescue from Death Row and His Owner's Journey for Truth
Little Boy Blue: A Puppy's Rescue from Death Row and His Owner's Journey for Truth

America has an underground grassroots dog rescue system. Read about it and weep and cheer.


A Veterinarian Speaks Out Against Buying Online

The Companion Animal Protection Society presents the case against buying young dogs from internet advertising.

Breeders of good repute require their potential buyers to present themselves in person, because the breeders care about the dogs making a good fit in their new home.

These reputable breeders safeguard the puppies health, and provide certification for the pups.

Seldom do adopters end up with a puppy riddled with worms, infections, giardia, and other common ailments.

image credit: Beeki

Shelter Dogs Make Fine Clean Pets

image credit: Nhandler

Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers - Pure Gold

Pure Gold: Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers
Pure Gold: Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers

5-Star rated Pure Gold warms hearts. A brilliant example of the "why's" in adopting rescue dogs.


Find Local Stores That Sell Puppies and Stores That Adopt Puppies - Just plug in your ZIP


Both types are listed. Simply enter your ZIP Code on first first link, for the stores to avoid, and on the second link, for stores that are safe places to adopt puppies.

Bad - Stores that Sell Puppies

& Good - Stores that Adopt Puppies

Good Responsible Stores Provide Puppies With Health Certificates

The Responsible Way to Find a Puppy Online or in a Store

These links provide copious information and resources for the prospective puppy adopter.

I entered my zip code into the website's finder window and came up with 95 pet stores. I appreciate the fact that I don't need to learn from my own painful experience, when others have already done so. Good Pet Shops

A main advantage of this link is that the organization has already checked out the pet shops. Simply enter your zip code, and the results will show you which pet stores to avoid. You can do your research prior to acting on your search for a puppy to adopt. Responsible Puppy Stores

ADOPT Paw Print Window & Bumper Sticker

ADOPT Paw Print - Rescue Homeless Dog Cat Shelter - Window Bumper Laptop Sticker
ADOPT Paw Print - Rescue Homeless Dog Cat Shelter - Window Bumper Laptop Sticker

Bright white sticker helps raise awareness of shelter pet adoption, with it's big cheery paw print!


Sheryl Crowe's Speaks Out Against Puppy Mills

Shelter Dogs


Watch the documentary of one creative woman's strategy for housing shelter dogs, and for caring for them through all stages of recovery and eventual death. Remarkably thought provoking, as it explores the ethics of resource management in an age of increasing awareness of the creatures we call dogs.


Rescue Dogs Really Are the Rescuers

Confessions of an Animal Rescuer - The Good, the Bad and the Cuddly
Confessions of an Animal Rescuer - The Good, the Bad and the Cuddly

The author rescued her first puppy when she was only four years old.

She came from a family that modeled the practice of animal rescue, so you would say she is a natural. She has many tales to wag.


Do You Have a Rescue Dog Story? - Please leave comments on your thoughts on the lens and on any related matter

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • lesliesinclair profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      I'll be using the tips myself soon, as I'll be looking for two dogs in a couple months.

    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      The tips for adoption are really useful. Thank you for including these.

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      What a wonderful, informative lens. My last 5 dogs have been pitbull crosses, rescues. I don't have a dog right now and I believe we are seeking each other...

    • orange3 lm profile image

      orange3 lm 

      5 years ago

      All 5 of my dogs are rescue dogs! They're the best! They are all loyal, sweet, loving family members :)

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      I do! Our sweet Dogdger. And now he is so loving and trusting of us, but there are times you can still see the emotional pain in his life.

    • onyesvic profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens

    • SianaL profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens! All five of my dogs are rescued and I couldn't be happier with them!

    • Steph Tietjen profile image

      Stephanie Tietjen 

      6 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      My 16-yr. old Carlos is a shelter dog--he's the best, well-behaved, healthy and extremely lovable. I did pay a fee there, but we adopted each other. Great lens!

    • SheilaSchnauzies profile image


      6 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Being in Miniature Schnauzer rescue for the last 12 years, I have countless stories! Many of them have happy endings, thank God. You've done a nice job here, blessed by a Squid Angel!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Of course. Too many rescue stories to tell here. You're doing good awareness work here.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)