There are many ways you can get a dog nowadays. Some admirable. Some not so much. You can buy from a pet store, a puppy mill, or from a breeder. People can find arguments for or against any of these means of purchasing a forever fur baby (except for maybe the puppy mills - they need to go away). But, we have another suggestion that may or may not have crossed your mind - adoption. Below you'll find the top five reasons for adopting your next pup!
You Will Save a Life
This may be the most important of the reasons. The ASPCA estimates there are 3.9 million dogs per year that enter pet shelters in America. Out of those dogs, approximately 1.2 million are euthanized each year. That's almost a third of these dogs that enter the shelter. It's shocking and sad. Here's the good news: you can make the difference! By adopting one of these cute fur babies, you not only bring more joy to your life (more about that later), but you give the opportunity of life to another beautiful creature.
Adoption Costs Much Less
Ah, money. It could be a blessing and it could be a worry for so many of us. The truth of the matter is, unless you're lucky enough to find a puppy on the side of the road with no tags and no owner, bringing a dog into your family is going to cost you. The good news is that adoption costs much, much less than a traditional dog purchase. You will usually be charged an adoption fee, but that covers expenses such as the veterinary wellness and exam, spay/neuter, important vaccinations, parasite treatments and preventatives, microchips, and sometimes even a first bag of dog food. Fees can be as low as $25 up to $200 or $300. But, if you buy a purebred from a pet store or breeder, you're usually looking at about $500 to $1000 or more.
Adoption Supports the Battle Against Puppy Mills
It's shocking that puppy mills are still legal. If you don't know what a puppy mill is, check out this article. Puppy mills place making a profit above the well-being of a dog. In fact, their sole purpose is to make money. They are known to have forced breedings litter after litter after litter, which is unhealthy for the mother. They are also known to have let puppies and puppy parents live in their own feces, urine, and throw up. There is much more we could go on about, but this is supposed to be a happy blog! What should make you happy is that you'll know that you aren't supporting these puppy mills financially in any way at all.
You Will Be Oh So Happy!
There are an endless amount of benefits to owning a dog. Just to list a few, studies have shown that dog owners are less likely to have depression, playing with a dog can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine (which calm and relax), heart attack patients with dogs survive longer than those without, and dog ownership has been linked to weight loss. All of those benefits (and many more) are fine and dandy, but the truth of the matter is that you will be happy! Your dog will bring pure joy to your life and there's no fighting that. Dog ownership is a beautiful experience!
If you want to adopt, you can visit Adopt a Pet and they will guide you to a shelter or rescue near you!