Did you know that January 24 is “Change a Pet’s Life Day”? This day was created to raise awareness of pets in need of forever homes. There are millions of animals in shelters just waiting to be adopted. Unfortunately, this number keeps growing, and when pets are left for too long, they may be euthanized in order to make room for more animals. If you’re ready to welcome a dog into your family, here are five reasons to consider getting your dog from a rescue organization rather than a breeder or pet store.
1. These animals are deserving of loving homes.
Many dogs end up in shelters due to reasons that are beyond their control. It’s not because they are “bad” dogs or have done anything wrong. Their owners may be in a situation where they are no longer able to keep or care for the dog. These dogs deserve another chance to have a forever family and be in an environment where they are loved and well cared for.
2. You’ll be saving lives.
As previously mentioned, dogs who remain in shelters for too long may be euthanized. By adopting a rescue dog, you are saving its life. You are also saving the lives of other animals who are in need and can now be taken in by the shelter because there is more room. Plus, having a dog can boost your health and keep you more active, so you could be saving your own life too!
3. You can find a dog that is the best fit for your family.
When adopting a dog from a store or breeder, you have limited options and no real way of knowing what kind of dog you are getting. With a rescue dog, you can learn more about its personality, and even sometimes its background depending on how it came to be at the shelter. There are dogs of all ages, sizes, breeds, and personalities. Some are already housebroken or trained, which can save you time, money, and stress. Many rescue dogs are also spayed or neutered and have already had their shots, so you know you’re getting a healthy animal.
4. You’ll be supporting other animals.
The fees you pay to adopt a dog from a shelter are often much less than those you would pay to buy an animal from a pet store or breeder. Plus, the money goes right back to the shelter and is reinvested in helping other animals in need. You’re giving to a good cause so that more pets can find their forever families.
5. You’re growing your family.
A dog can be an incredible addition to your family. They are very loyal, eager to please, and want your attention. You’ll receive unconditional love and companionship. Plus, having a dog can teach responsibility and give you a greater sense of purpose. Dogs are good for mental health and can boost your mood as well. Adopting a rescue dog is a great way to grow your family and have a best friend for years to come.
Provide your dog with even more loving care and socialization by boarding them at Lake Wylie Pet Resort, or signing them up for doggie daycare. Know that your dog is in good hands while you’re away. Contact us today for more information.