Life is better with a dog. They are so loyal, loving and happy. They help us to stay active, be affectionate and seek out new adventures. If you are looking to bring a dog into your family, I am not at all surprised because they are great, but first take a few moments to consider your options.
Once you have decided that you can provide a loving and suitable home for a dog you need to consider where your dog is going to come from. Many people may not even think twice about buying a cute puppy but there are many things to consider. When you buy a puppy it can not only be expensive but you could also be supporting the cruel practice of puppy farms which have no concern for animal welfare only profit.
If it is a puppy that you really want you can sometimes find puppies in rescue shelters too. If you go to your local rescue shelter you can talk to them about the dogs they have in their care and they will help you to see if any of those dogs are right for you. There are many dogs in shelters – all different breeds, ages and backgrounds. You are bound to find the perfect dog for you.
Here are some of the many benefits of rescuing a dog instead of buying one:
- You are not only saving the dog you take home but you are also making room at the shelter for another dog in need.
- You will experience unconditional love.
- Many rescue dogs already have some level of training & are usually house trained.
- You will be helping to eradicate puppy farms where puppies are bred in poor conditions for the purpose of profit.
- If you choose to adopt an older dog they are often calmer.
- A dog from a rescue shelter will already have up to date vaccines and will be neutered as well as microchipped.
- When you adopt a dog the shelter will be able to give you some information on the dogs personality making it easier to find a dog that suits your home and lifestyle.
In 2015, 118,994 animals were rescued by the RSPCA and of those 47,651 animal found new homes.
When you are bringing a new dog into your home, think about rescuing. You really could save a dogs life by doing so.
We may not be able to do everything but we can all do something.