“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” Karen Davison, dog trainer and author of The Perfect Companion - Understanding, Training and Bonding with your Dog!
American Humane Association established Adopt-A-Dog Month® in October 1981 as an annual event to encourage people to save lives and enhance their own lives by adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue group. And as most people know, dogs are called ‘man’s best friend’ for a reason – they give their entire heart and devotion to their families.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, an estimated 2.7 million healthy shelter pets are not adopted each year and, tragically, are euthanized, and only about 30 percent of pets in homes come from shelters or rescues.
In celebration of Adopt a Shelter Dog month, Furlocity would like to spotlight the benefits of adopting a loving dog from a shelter and things you should consider when adopting a new furry friend.
1. Shelters Offer Variety
You may be surprised, but shelters often have purebred dogs as well as mixed breed dogs. Dogs end up in shelters for all sorts of reasons: a change in family’s housing, an aging or sick owner, change in jobs and /or time commitments, or the dog may have run away. Many shelters have websites, so if you have a particular type of dog in mind that you want, keep searching their website or better yet, visit the shelter and get to know the staff, who can alert you if a dog that fits your lifestyle and family dynamic is surrendered.
2. Dogs will love you, regardless
Dogs love their families with their whole heart, regardless of purebred ranking or not. ‘Nuff said.
3. Know what type of dog will fit your lifestyle and your family
Do you own or rent your home? Do you live in the city, suburbs or country? Do you have a 900 sq. foot home to share with your potential pooch or 4,000 sq. feet? Do you enjoy a little cutie you can pop in your purse or want a dog that will join you on your evening run? Do you travel a lot? Do you have small children? When adopting a dog make sure to consider all aspects of your life to make sure you get the best dog to fit you, your lifestyle, home and your family!
4. Consider an elder dog
When you’re ready to open your heart and home to a new best friend, remember that older dogs make excellent pets too. Older dogs may often be overlooked, but consider these benefits: usually they’re past the chewing stage, they are calmer/more mature and they will love you with a wise heart.
5. Adopting a shelter dog is more affordable
Prices for purebred puppies from a breeder can range from about $500-3000, depending on the breed. Toy breed puppies often cost the most because they usually have small litters, also breeds that are popular can also command higher prices. Adopting a dog from a shelter costs considerably less, and is saving a dog’s live if it is in a kill vs. a no-kill shelter.
6. Have the entire family visit the pooch
Before you make your final choice, take the entire family to the shelter to meet the dog. Sometimes a dog will respond differently to different people. You don't want to discover that your new pet doesn't like children or your husband after you get him home!
All of us at Furlocity hope that if you are considering adding a dog to your life, that you strongly consider adopting a shelter dog. There are so many loving, well-behaved dogs that just need a family to make them whole.
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