Adopting a 4-legged member of the family is a big decision but it doesn’t have to be “How much is that doggie in the window?” When looking for your next “fur child” consider visiting your local animal shelter or rescue for a top-notch pet.
PawLife’s top 6 reasons why shelter and rescue pets make the best pets:
- You will be saving a life while gaining a friend. By rescuing your next dog or cat, you guarantee them a long, full life of fun, love, and adventure that every dog and cat deserves. You also open their spot at the rescue or shelter for another dog or cat in need of a good home.
- Loyalty. Rescue dogs are often some of the most loyal in the world. You are giving them something they have never had before: a loving, safe permanent home. In return, they will give you their loyalty and unconditional love.
- Don’t worry about additional generations. Due to over-population in many cities, rescues and shelters often have the pets spayed or neutered before putting them up for adoption, or require they be spayed or neutered when they are old enough, often at free or reduced cost.
- Training. Many rescues and shelters do some basic training with their dogs before they put them up for adoption. This means you may not have to worry about accidents because they are house broken. It also means the rescue can give you more information on the dog’s skill level and intelligence. If you have mobility limitations or other equipment that is a constant in your life, the rescue or shelter may train your dog to stay calm around the apparatus.
- A dog that is a little rough around the edges can mean a feel-good ending. Not every dog is the prince of the shelter. Some dogs have not had basic training, such as walking calmly on a leash. If you are up for a little challenge, check these guys out when you’re looking for your new furry friend. They may take a little more work, but the end reward is amazing for both of you! They will learn to trust you while you learn that patience and repetition works. You also get the benefit of seeing and savoring your dog’s transformation from misbehaved pup into trained companion.
- The fees you pay go to saving other lives. One of the most important benefits of rescuing a dog or cat from your local rescue or shelter is a financial one – but not just for you. Many shelters and rescues require some type of adoption fee. Pay the fee (and a bit more if you can). The money you pay doesn’t go to waste; instead, it will help the rescue or shelter to continue their work, take care of vet bills, and rescue other dogs and cats. At the end of the day, you gain a family member, while they gain a much-needed donation to put towards food and other essentials.
There are many things to consider once you have made the decision to adopt a shelter or rescue pet. Click Here for tips on selecting just the right dog for you and your family. And Click Here for items you need to have on hand if you get a puppy.
PawLife.com believes the best pet is the one that makes you happy!