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Why Not Adopt A Doggie From The Shelter?

Aug 18, 2007
I think it is great when people adopt a dog. Today there are so many different ways to adopt and choose that new family dog.

I think it would be great to help a dog with his behavior problems right out of a dogs homeless shelter?

To me, they are the insecure ones, who feel the most alone and probably have some issues that you will need to help them with.

The easiest way to adopt and what most people do first I think is search the newspaper for advertisements from breeders who are selling new puppies.

Other options are to find breeders via listings on the internet, while still more may simply purchase a puppy from a local pet store.

But for me personally, I think the best method, however, in terms of being helpful to society in general is to adopt a dog from a local animal shelter. They are the helpless ones who need you to rescue them.

Just think what adopting a dog would do. Wouldn't you suddenly have a new friend into your life?

It also helps to reduce the number of unwanted and homeless dogs in your area. Unless the shelter is a no kill zone facility (and these are sadly few and far between), it will also save a dogs life.

Here are some useful reasons why to go to a shelter:

1. Adopted pets have had their shots
2. Shelters often have information about a dogs temper.
3. Adopting a pet frees space in the shelter for more dogs

When you adopt a dog you can be sure that the staff at the shelter has had the dog examined by a vet for diseases and parasites and that the dog has had its shots.

This is not always true of dogs acquired by other means such as kids giving away those free puppies in a box in front of the local grocery store or PetsMart.

The dogs at a shelter are not just strays and often are turned in to the shelter by former owners for various reasons.

When this happens, the shelter collects as much information about the dog as possible, including whether its good with children, how much it barks, how playful or obedient it is, whether its housebroken, and other important details.

While it is true that this information is only as good as the honesty of the former owner, most of the time it is fairly accurate.

Animal shelters provide a valuable service to the community that they serve by keeping the streets as free of stray animals as possible.

Because many of them do this with little or no public funding or governmental support, they are very limited in the number of dogs they can have in the shelter at any given time.

The only way that they can bring in more stray animals is if they remove the ones they currently have. This is done through adoption or euthanasia.

Obviously they would prefer to have the dogs adopted rather than killed. Adopting a dog could very well save its life and allows the shelter to bring in another dog in its place.

Not only would that help them, but it would place even a more special bond between you and your dog. You had just become that dogs personal little guardian angel.
About the Author
Cyndi Parker writes articles on many subjects including dogs.

Find out how the dog in your life can be the best friend you ever had and so much more at my website which is at http://www.controldogbehavior.com
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