As the old saying goes, “A dog is man’s best friend.” Throughout history, dogs have served many functional roles, as they have been used for guarding properties, hunting, shepherding, sniffing out drugs, and for hounding, etc. These roles may not be as important in our modern lives today but you can still come home to a playful dog and his wagging tail that will make you forget all your worries after a stressful day at work. The dog is a loving, loyal and understanding creature; one with an indomitable spirit and one who’ll greet you with the most affectionate enthusiasm that will brighten up even the worst of your days. The fact that you’re here reading through this blog post means that you’re already sure that you want to buy a dog, and are just looking for the best place to buy one from.
Let’s look at why you should choose to adopt a dog from a shelter instead of buying one from a pet shop.
Give a Dog a Second Chance
Dogs that you see in the shelter are mostly strays; ones that have been given up or abandoned by their owners or ones deemed unfit for sale by breeders and pet mills. According to ASPCA, 6.5 million such animals enter shelter across the US every year and almost 1.5 million will meet a miserable end (euthanasia). That’s where you can step in and give them a second chance at life.
Help Free up Shelter Space
When you adopt a dog from a shelter house, you’re effectively creating more space for other stray dogs that are out there. There’s only so much space across the 3500 shelter houses in the US. The ones that don’t make it to any of these shelter houses are most likely heading for euthanasia. Keeping in line with the previous point, by adopting a dog from a shelter, you’re freeing up space for another dog to be put in there. Who knows? Maybe that dog will also find a new home. This might not be the case all the time, but if it means giving another dog a second chance at finding a loving home, then why not go for it?
You’ll Be More Likely to Find the Right Dog
Pet shelters will assess both your needs and that of the dog to find you the perfect dog to adopt. You may be a first-timer and may not be up for all the training and conditioning that a newborn pup from a pet shop or puppy mill would require. It’s very likely that you will find a perfectly-trained pup at a pet shelter and spare yourself all the effort and expenses of training and caring for a newborn pup.
Cheaper as Compared to Buying from a Pet Shop
Depending on the breed of the pup, buying one from a pet shop can create a sizable hole in your wallet. Apart from this, there are a lot of other expenses that you have to keep in mind when you own a dog. To make this easier on yourself, why not reduce the initial cost of buying the dog? It’ll mean that you’ll be able to buy all the toys and treats that your new companion requires.
Another benefit of adopting a dog from a shelter is that you can show it off to your friends and family or your social media followers. Doing so can inspire others to do the same as you. In this way, you start to spread awareness that can lead to more shelter dogs finding a loving and caring home.
All in all, adopting a dog from a shelter house has its own set of benefits. Besides the delight and glee that the pet will bring you, you will also sleep better knowing that you’ve probably given another dog a second chance at a good life. If you’re a real dog lover, and just owning a dog isn’t enough for you, then you should check out our amazing collection of pet-themed mugs.