Why Adopt a Dog?

Adopting a dog has many benefits, some of which you may not have considered. Here are some reasons why adopting a dog would benefit you and your family…

1. You Are Saving a Life!

By adopting from a rescue, you are providing a dog with the second chance they deserve. Many have been rescued from horrific circumstances such as cruelty, neglect and abandonment, or quite simply their owners were no longer able to look after them due to illness or a change in situation. Sadly, not all of them are as fortunate. Some shelters have to euthanize due to lack of space, meaning many healthy animals lose their lives. Our volunteers work tirelessly to nurse animals back to health, rehabilitate disturbed animals and do everything they possibly can to ensure they are prepared to go to a new home. By re-homing a pet you can give an animal that has been abandoned through no fault of their own a loving, stable home, and help to stop overpopulation.

2. You Will Save Money $

We microchip, spay, neuter and vaccinate the dogs that come into our care. This saves you a lot of money because you don’t have to pay for the procedures yourself and it ensures the dog you are taking home is healthy. Also, the cost of adopting a dog is often a lot lower than the rates charged by breeders.

3. You are Helping to Eradicate Puppy Farms & Pet Shops

A puppy farm, or mill, is the illegal practice of breeding puppies for the sole purpose of maximizing profit, without any regard to the dogs’ health or well-being. Dogs at puppy farms are forced to breed several times to their detriment and they are often kept in terrible conditions without basic necessities.

People who run such places are not concerned with producing healthy dogs, so they can be born with severe problems that emerge over time. The dogs usually don’t receive any veterinary care, and will often be destroyed once they can no longer reproduce. Additionally, dogs at pet shops are often products of puppy farms. Adopting aids in stopping dogs from being subjected to such horrific circumstances, because rather than funding this illegal trade you will be re-homing a pet from somewhere reputable that supports animal welfare.

4. Improved Health & Happiness

Various studies have shown that a having a dog can lengthen your life, whilst improving your overall happiness and health. It also helps people with depression, stress, anxiety and many other ailments. The affectionate and loyal nature of dogs as pack animals that form close relationships with their owners can help sufferers of depression, who may feel like they don’t have anybody else.

Stroking your pet can reduce your blood pressure and stress levels, and playing with them can increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine your body produces, making you feel calm and relaxed. Walking the dog is a way to exercise and provides sufferers of anxiety and depression with a reason to leave the house. It also creates opportunities for socializing with other dog walkers. The animal you have helped through re-homing can help you.

5. Can Benefit Children

Children can be taught valuable life skills through dog ownership, such as the importance of maintaining responsibilities. Re-homing a dog will also encourage empathy by making them think about how they have helped to give an unwanted animal a loving home. Dogs can help children with separation anxiety and provide them with security, as they can be safe in the knowledge that someone will always be there. As well as this, they can be a loving companion and playmate.

6. Unconditional Love

A dog is a companion that will never judge you, will love you regardless of whatever happens and will always be there. As well as making you feel great, their unconditional love raises your self-esteem because of the affection they show you. It is said that animals know when they have been rescued, so the bond between you and your rescue pup will be especially strong.

7. You Could Get a Dog You Never Expected

Although you may have an idea of what you are looking for, there are a wide variety of dogs waiting to be adopted. This may mean a dog you would never have imagined could turn out to be the best match for you. Therefore, it is always important to have an open mind when meeting and/or pursuing our available dogs online.

8. Older Dogs Can Prove to be the Best Companions

Many people want to adopt puppies without considering the advantages of having an older dog. If trained in their previous home they will be less likely to destroy furniture than a younger pup, and as such, will probably require less supervision. Older dogs are often calmer and quite happy to sit in your company rather than demanding constant attention. They also have more developed personalities than puppies, so it may be more apparent when meeting them whether or not you are suited.

9. Adopting Supports Spaying & Neutering

Spaying and neutering dogs is important in controlling the animal population. Many dogs that aren’t spayed or neutered often contribute to the problem of unwanted pups, which can lead to more being left at shelters. Adopting an dog means that your new pup has been spayed or neutered where possible.

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