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3 Reasons Why You Should Adopt Rescue Dogs From an Adoption Shelter

Aug 10th 2015 at 3:08 AM

Whether you're thinking of adopting a puppy, small dogs for adoption or really thinking of adopting any canine up for adoption, you should be looking to adopt rescue dogs from an adoption shelter.

First, you're helping the canine population in general. Usually, rescue dogs are at the bottom of dog society - while no one wants to see a dog abused or a dog abandoned, it happens to these poor creatures regularly through no fault of their own. Many die, unfortunately, but a lot do make it to an adoption shelter. These rescue dogs so appreciate any kindness they're shown and only need a good home with your loving family to move to the top of dog society as a much-beloved family pet!

Second, you may well be saving the life of a poor little puppy or a loving older pooch. Not every shelter is a no kill dog shelter - some have no choice but to put canines to sleep if they aren't adopted, as the shelter may not have enough room for the number of strays they get. A true no kill dog shelter must have a big budget, have a number of volunteers who'll take a foster dog, or refer new arrivals to other dog centers when their facilities are full.

This is especially true of older or geriatric animals - while a lot of people will take an older, well-behaved pooch as a foster dog, fewer will adopt geriatric ones as they don't have that long to live. Realistically, most people think of adopting a puppy, but puppy adopting can be equally taxing depending on puppy temperament (often a trait of the puppy breed). Similarly, most start out looking for small dogs for adoption, and again usually a small dog puppy.

And while there's nothing wrong with a puppy rescue adoption, the choice to shelter a canine who is a bit bigger and longer in the tooth is probably the most humane adoption there is. We may all love puppy pics, but picking an old and trustworthy friend from an adoption shelter can be just as rewarding for you and help a geriatric pooch live out his or her final years as a beloved and well-cared-for pet.

Finally, and just as importantly, when you adopt rescue dogs from an adoption shelter you free up the space, food and time used to look after your new pet, allowing them to accept another rescue dog in place of the dog adopted. These caring dog centers get far more dogs for adoptions than they can handle, so it's important that we all do our part to help the adoption shelter as best we can.

If you're not sure about owning a dog or adopting a puppy, speak to them about looking after a foster dog. A foster dog is one that is awaiting adoption, and you get a chance to try having a dog in the house while the adoption shelter has temporary space freed up to accept another dog abused and/or abandoned by some jerk. Just be forewarned - when you decide to shelter a dog as a foster dog, more often than not a loving bond develops between you and you end up deciding not to return them to the adoption shelter, but to keep them as the newest loving member of your family!.

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