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November 29, 2018 2 min read

All of my dogs have been rescues, strays, or adopted from shelters. I found Bailey at the ASPCA in western New York; Katie appeared on my doorstep one dark night; Brenda was rescued from a puppy mill where she had been used for breeding; and I was only supposed to be fostering Skylar, but he is here to stay forever. Shelter dogs have so much to offer. Here are some convincing reasons to adopt a dog from a shelter:

  1. You're giving a dog a second chance to live a good life.

Dogs become homeless for a variety of reasons. No matter the reason, they deserve a second chance for a home that can provide them a loving environment and a caring family. By giving a homeless dog another chance, you are also getting the chance at being loved unconditionally.

  1. You are helping break the cycle of pet overpopulation 

Each year 2.7 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are euthanized because there are simply not enough homes for them.

  1. By adopting, you don’t support puppy/kitten mills

Throughout the country, thousands of commercial pet-breeding facilities and backyard breeders produce millions of animals for sale in pet stores and through ads. Often known as puppy and kitten mills, these facilities repeatedly impregnate female dogs that spend their entire lives in cages without human companionship. These unfortunate animals are often in intolerable environments, forced to produce litter upon litter, and are destroyed after they become unprofitable assets. Adopting a shelter animal means you don’t support such cruel practices.

  1. You're helping save another dog’s life too. 

Animal Shelters have limited resources to help stray dogs. By adopting one of their dogs, you help make room to save the life of others as well.

  1. You get a dog at a bargain price.

Buying a pet can be expensive, while adoption can cost as little as $50-$100. Plus, this fee often includes vaccinations, spaying or neutering fee, microchipping, and other expenses.

  1. You can save the life of an adult or senior dog.

Because of overpopulation, some shelters are forced to euthanize dogs, mostly senior and adult dogs. Older dogs have such a wealth of love to share. They are usually already housebroken, are out of the puppy stage, and are fantastic companions.

  1. You are bringing home a new friend.

 One who will be as loving and loyal as any purchased pet. Caring for a pet can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need!

You are saving a life when you adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue.

 Deanne, Founder of Bandit's Biscuits