Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Why You Should Consider Adopting a Homeless Shelter Dog

If you and your family are considering adding a new dog to your household, I hope that you will consider going to your local dog shelter before you buy a dog from a breeder.
There are many wonderful pure bred dogs that are living in shelters, because they no longer have a home with their families. Some of these dogs have been abandoned, left in houses or backyards when the owners moved away. I have a very hard time trying to understand why anyone would do this to their companion animal, as there are many people who would be willing to help rehome their dog, rather than just abandoning it.
If you think that dogs in shelters are not any good, that they are damaged merchandise, then you really do not understand about dog shelters. Some of them are horrible places, filled with fear and death. But many are true rescue shelters and try very hard to place every dog that comes thru their doors. Many dogs are living in "foster homes" just waiting for their Forever Home.
Sometimes, a dog that has been left behind experiences emotional stresses that we can never imagine. A good loving home can overcome these bad memories.
I have had the privilege to adopt 4 shelter dogs over the past ten years. Going to a shelter is always an emotional experience for me. The dogs try so hard to get your attention, like they are saying "pick me, pick me." I often go to shelters just to help walk the dogs and pay some attention to them as they wait to be adopted.
I recently adopted two rescued dogs that were literally thrown out of a car into traffic. Fortunately some people witnessed this and got them before they were run over! They are pure bred Shih Tzus.
Most shelters have their rescued dogs vet checked, vaccinated, microchipped, spayed or neutered. If there is any medical issue they will let you know. Most of these dogs are housebroken and they will tell you if they are good with children and other dogs and cats. The adoption fee covers these services, but it is still less than you might expect to pay a breeder and you are giving a home to a dog who really needs it.
And believe me, when I say that the adopted dog will do more for you than you could ever do for him! They give and give.
If you visit your local dog shelters and you still do not find your forever companion, you might go online to the Petfinder site. There are thousands of dogs and other animals up for adoption and they are listed there with pictures and background information. You can sign up to be emailed when pets close to your area come up for adoption also.
Adopted dogs have so much to offer. So, do yourself the biggest favor by adopting a dog. You will be so glad you did and you will feel so good about it.
Until there are none, adopt just one.
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