5 Reasons to Adopt a Rescue Dog

Wednesday, July 27, 2022



If you are thinking of getting a dog, you probably have a lot of questions. What breed of dog should you get? Who is going to walk it? What toys should you buy for it?

But the most important thing to ask yourself is whether you should buy it from a breeder or adopt a rescue dog. Many people opt to purchase dogs from pet stores and breeders because they want a particular breed of cute puppy. But choosing to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue charity is an admirable thing to do.

The recent lockdowns led to a huge rise in families buying puppies. But now, with the cost of living crisis putting pressure on households, animal charities are preparing for an onslaught of abandoned and unwanted dogs who are desperate for a new home. You may have seen the popular slogan “adopt, don’t shop” on social media. And if you’re still unsure about where to look for your new dog, it’s worth considering the ethical issues involved in the choice.

To help you make up your mind, here are five great reasons to adopt a rescue dog.
Give a dog a happy life

When you rescue a dog, you are removing it from a life of hardship and neglect. Many animals that arrive at shelters have been saved from abusive households and just need a caring owner to look after them. There are so many unwanted dogs out there, and every person who adopts one is making the world a better place. Giving a dog a happy life is an incredibly rewarding thing to do.
Rescue dogs are healthier

When you take your rescue dog home, it will already have been neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and given a full medical check. This saves you a massive job and means your new pup is less likely to get sick or succumb to any health issues.
Lower cost

More often than not, it is considerably cheaper to adopt a dog from a rescue charity than to buy from a breeder or pet store. This in part due to the fact that many of the upfront healthcare costs have already been taken care of. Not to mention the fact that many shelters also provide additional freebies like collars and a few weeks of free insurance. There will be an adoption fee but it will be a lot cheaper than the alternative.
Advice and support

Rescue charities will always prioritize the animal’s safety and happiness, so they won’t just give a dog to anyone who wants one. You will have to undergo several checks and interviews to ensure you can give your furry friend a happy home. And although the application process can take time, you are also benefiting from ongoing advice and support on how to give your new pet the care it needs.
Life lessons for kids

If you have young children, the act of adopting a dog can teach them a valuable life lesson. It will show them the value of responsibility and caring for animals in need.

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