Thinking about getting a dog for your family?
If you are like many, you may be considering buying a dog from a pet store or breeder.
However, before you make a decision, consider the benefits of adopting a shelter dog. Though pet store or breeders' dogs may seem the better choice, rescue dogs can be equally rewarding and perhaps an even better addition to your family.
Choosing a purebred from a breeder may seem to be the best way to know what a dog's appearance and personality might be, but it's never a guarantee. Even within breeds, there's enormous variety in the way a dog acts and reacts to the world around him. And purebred dogs are very expensive!
Advantages of adopting a shelter dog
- You'll save the life of an animal in desperate need of a loving home.
- You can feel a sense of fulfillment watching your rescue pet flourish with love, care and appreciation.
- You can enjoy an improved quality of life as a companion animal like a dog has the ability to lift your spirits and increase your physical health as well.
- A rescued dog knows he has been "saved" and is grateful, loyal, and unconditionally loving.
Adopting a rescue dog may require more time, attention, effort, and patience from an adopter than a dog that has not been abused or neglected. However, you gain more than you give..
A dog's personality trumps pedigree every time. Head to your nearest shelter to find your new family member.