Dogs that are sold in pet stores or from breeders will always find homes, but thousands of shelter dogs will not be so lucky.
If you are still unsure whether adopting a dog is the right move for you, the following tips should help you make your final decision.
1. Adopting Saves Lives
Millions of dogs are waiting patiently in animal shelters all over the world for a second chance at a happy life.
Through no fault of their own, scared and confused dogs are left behind by irresponsible owners who cruelly abandon them for sometimes trivial reasons.
The most common reasons why dogs end up in shelters include lack of obedience (almost always the fault of the owner, not the dog), moving, cost of maintenance, allergies, and lifestyle changes.
Though almost all of these factors are blatantly human problems, the dogs are the ones that end up suffering. Shelters are forced to euthanize millions of healthy dogs every year due to space limitations.
In fact, about 50 percent of all dogs that go into the shelter will never come out again. Many dogs develop a condition known as “kennel crazy,” where the dog fails to adjust to shelter life and usually has to be euthanized.
Adopting a dog from a shelter creates space for more animals and helps to save other dogs from euthanasia.
It’s also a great feeling knowing that the money you pay to adopt a shelter dog goes toward the cost of maintaining the shelter and will help keep other pups fed, watered, and taken care of while they wait for someone to come rescue them.