National Adopt A Shelter Dog Day

National Adopt A Shelter Dog Day


April 30th is National Adopt A Shelter Dog Day! Each year about 2.7 million shelter dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States due to the overcrowding pet population. This is because too many pets are being placed in shelters and too few people consider adopting a dog from a shelter. If more people were to adopt a dog from a shelter, rather than buying from a pet from a pet store or etc., the number of dogs euthanized would decrease dramatically. Here’s 8 reason why we believe that adopting a shelter dog is so much more beneficial:
  1. You’ll save a life!

Opening up your loving home to a dog, also opens another space at the shelter for a dog who might desperately need it.

2. You’ll help break the cycle of dog overpopulation.

To every puppy born, a home is not guaranteed. Adoption weakens this cycle and allows the little fur babies to live their best life!

3. You’ll help stop the cruelty presented in puppy mills.

Puppy mills allow for the mass production of dogs, usually not in the most suitable environments and treating them as a source of income, rather as a lovable furry friend. “Adopting a shelter animal means you don’t support such cruel practices.”

4. It’ll cost you less.

Now who doesn’t like saving some money? Adoption fees are on average much more affordable compared to the price of a “pet shop” dog.

5. All pets are good for your health, but adoptees offer an extra boost of “special love”.

Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial to their companions. Caring for a pet can provide a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and lessen feelings of loneliness. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need.

6. When you adopt from a shelter, you encourage others too as well!

You are supporting a non-profit organization that loves to give back the same amount, if not more, that you are giving them! People who work at shelters are always more than happy to give you resources, and other tools, to help your new pet live happily.

7. You have the chance to save an older dog.

Many dogs are displaced to shelters because, of outside circumstances. The majority of dogs in shelters, or rescues, are older and have already obtained basic training, such as potty training and manners. Older dogs that are potty trained and “command responsive” are just ready to go home and love you.

8. Our friends at Peggy Adams makes it so easy!

The Peggy Adams website https://www.peggyadams.org/adopt-a-dog makes it so easy to find the perfect adoptable dog for you. All of the dogs from shelters will also be up-to-date with their vaccinations and either spayed or neutered.

With all of these factors in mind, won’t you consider rescuing a dog from a local shelter? You’ll be surprised to find your “furry soul mate” just waiting for you!

References

“Top Reasons to Adopt a Pet.” The Humane Society of the United States, www.humanesociety.org/resources/top-reasons-adopt-pet.
“Top 10 Reasons to Adopt from an Animal Shelter.” Helping Hands Humane Society, www.hhhstopeka.org/adopt/top-10-reasons-to-adopt-from-an-animal-shelter/.

Author: Paige Lukosavich

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