Our world is full of choices. Some are simple and some are more complex. When you make the decision to include a dog in your life, you have made the first step, of many, in the complex task of finding a long-term companion. Today’s technology can help make selecting a dog much easier than in years past. There are many websites that can help you search for the type of dog you want to bring into your life. When narrowing your decision, take into consideration the inherent traits of the breed of dog you will be adopting. You’ll also need to decide if they will:
- Fit into your living conditions – Home or apartment; yard, patio or no outdoor space
- Thrive with your Lifestyle – Away from home a lot or little? Can your dog go with you? How will you care for them?
- Help or hinder your fitness – Active, sedentary or somewhere in between?
- Be a financial liability – Some dogs require grooming, may need more medical care and larger dogs are going to cost more in almost every aspect.
Once you narrowed down your search you have the choice of buying or adopting from a shelter/rescue organization. There are many upsides to adopting a dog instead of buying one.
1. You can still find the dog of your dreams.
Even more than pet shops and breeders, shelters and rescue groups have a wide variety of animals to choose from. There are many websites that allow you to be very specific and you can search by age, size, sex, breed, color, etc. When searching for our newest dog we were specific that we wanted a dog that was a puppy to young in age, small to medium in size, male and a poodle-mix. We ended up finding Louie: the one year old, small, male, poodle-mix pictured below. It was a match made in heaven!
2. You’ll save a lot of money.
Buying a pet can easily cost over $1,000, often times much more. Adoption costs usually range from $100 to $250. Dogs who are adopted from a shelter or rescue group, most times, are up to date on their shots and have likely been spayed or neutered. Additionally, they are usually microchipped in the event they wander or become lost. All of these things will help you have a clean start with your new companion and save money.
3. You can rescue a purebreed.
Don’t want a mixed breed? There are many purebred dogs to be found in local shelters. Additionally, there are many breed specific rescue groups. Both of these are a great sources for adopting the exact breed of dog you want. Don’t forget that mixed-breed dogs often contain fifty percent, or more, of your desired breed. A friend adopted Thanos, tested his DNA and found out he is 100% American Staffordshire Terrier.
4. You’ll save one or more lives.
When you adopt a dog, you free up space for another dog to have the opportunity to enter the adoption area and make space for another one to begin the process of being readied for adoption (check-up, shots, neutering/spaying, microchip, etc.).
5. They can help you get healthier.
Dogs can help with your daily outlook on life. It’s great to have something to care for and especially one that gives you unconditional love in return. Most dogs need a dose of daily exercise. Whether this comes from a walk, run or playing fetch, it usually means you have to go outdoors, into the fresh air, and get your exercise too.
We’re a society that likes to share. If you’re a fan of any social media website, you’ll have a blast showing off pictures of your new furry friend and all the adventures you share. While there is no science to back this, it is often said that rescued dogs recognize and appreciate being adopted. They show their appreciation through a deep loyalty to their adoptive parents. So when you’re ready, do your due diligence and adopt a dog. Who knows, the life you end of saving may be yours.