According to to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), “approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide each year, including 3.3 million dogs.” That means many shelter dogs are without a home. Rescuing a dog not only saves a life and provides a home but has many other benefits including fighting against puppy mills.
Save a Life
When you rescue a dog, you are saving a life. According to the Humane Society, 2.7 million shelter dogs and cats are euthanized each year because there are just too many rescue pets. This number could dramatically drop if more people consider adoption before buying.
Helps More than One
Another great reason to adopt a dog is that you create room for other helpless animals. Shelters can only hold so many animals so by adopting one, you are making room for another. Not only are you creating a home for one pet, but most adoption fees also go toward helping other animals in shelters.
Adopting a dog is often much more affordable than buying a puppy from a breeder or store. Each shelter varies in price, but most rescue dogs already have some vet costs covered — many are neutered and vaccinated which can save you hundreds. This also ensures the health of your new pet.
Fight Puppy Mills
Unfortunately, if you buy from a store, market or online seller, there is relatively high chance that the dog came from a puppy mill. A puppy mill is a “large-scale commercial breeding facility where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs,” according to ASPCA. These mills are overcrowded and unsanitary, and the puppies do not have the proper and adequate care before being sold to others. By adopting a dog, you are fighting against puppy mills.
The best part of rescuing a dog is the unconditional love you will receive. Various studies have shown that having a pet will improve your overall happiness and health. Not only will this benefit your wellbeing, but you’re also giving a dog the chance to love again. Dogs are affectionate and loyal by nature, and rescue dogs are happy, healthy pets just waiting for a home
By giving a dog in a shelter a second chance, you can make sure it has a great life. The satisfaction you will receive from adopting a rescue dog is like no other.
Lisa Landman is a strong advocate of adopting pets and has six rescue dogs! Want to see photos of her dogs? Check our her dog gallery or Twitter!