Reasons to Choose a Rescue Dog 

Looking to adopt a pooch? Here are reasons why a rescue one could be right for you

From the LifeMinute.TV Team

May 20, 2023

Approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year, with 3 million being dogs. Since so many of man's best friends are looking for a home, choosing a rescue dog when looking for a pet is a great option. In honor of National Rescue Dog Day on May 20, here are reasons why a rescue one could be right for you.

Save Lives
Each day in the United States, around 4,100 dogs and cats are killed in shelters. By adopting one of these animals, you not only save their life but also make room for another animal who can potentially find a home.

Affordable Option
The Animal Humane Society lists standard adoption fees for dogs and puppies as $129‒$767, while the cost of a purebred dog from a breeder averages between $1,000-$5,000.

Veterinary Services Included
Many shelters spay/neuter every animal they adopt to control future populations and immunize them to reduce the spread of disease. In addition to neutering and vaccinations, the Animal Humane Society offers a general physical examination and behavioral evaluation, deworming medication, flea/tick treatment, if needed, canine heartworm test or feline leukemia test, 30 days of pet insurance through MetLife, free medications for the first 14 days, and free follow-up examination by a participating veterinarian.

Train Easier
Since many rescue dogs are no longer puppies, they have already grown out of the teething phase, know some commands, and are often house-trained. And many times, they are obedience trained. Additionally, they have longer attention spans and can usually focus better than puppies.

Fight Back Against Puppy Mills
Puppy mills are mainly where dogs are kept for breeding purposes and their associated profits, with little regard for the animal's health and well-being. By lessening the demand for dogs coming from puppy mills, it can help fight back against harmful breeding practices.

Gain Community
Not only will you join the community of dog owners, but you will also have tons of resources available to you in the network of rescues and rescue dog owners. Shelters and rescue groups usually have a history of the animal, and the volunteers get to know the dog's personality and likes and dislikes. This can make the transition easier for all.

Foster First
If you are unsure about fully committing to becoming a dog parent, you can start by fostering one first. Fostering a pup is a great way to give back. You offer a safe and healthy environment before it's placed in a home. If you fall in love with your foster, there is always an opportunity to adopt them.

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