Selecting the family dog should be a well-researched and carefully soul-searched activity. When you make the decision that you are going to add a dog to your home you may be wondering whether you should adopt a pet dog or buy. It’s not always an easy decision, but you have the option of buying a pup from a pet store or adopting an animal from a shelter. Both options have their benefits and advantages; both have their limitations. This article isn’t about saying which is right or wrong, but instead, it’s about helping you make the decision about which one is right for you and your family.
Adopting a pet dog from a shelter
There is no doubt that adopting a pet dog is one of the most of rewarding things that you can do, but have you ever wondered what the real pros and cons of adopting a pet dog?
- You are literally saving a life. According to the ASPCA, around 6.5 million dogs and cats enter shelters in the US every single year — with around 3.3 million being dogs and 3.2 million being cats.
- Many shelter animals are already housetrained. The misconception that all dogs are brought to a shelter because of behavior problems is wrong. About 95% of dogs in shelters are brought there because their owners were moving, allergic, they got it as a puppy and grew too big, they didn’t have time, etc.
- Shelter animals are often healthier than animals bought elsewhere. Animals undergo full physicals when they are brought to a shelter, and many shelters have veterinary clinics on site to treat any medical issues that arise.
- Adopting a shelter animal is cheaper than buying from a store. Buying a pet can easily cost $500 to $1000 or more; adoption costs range from $50 to $200.
- You can choose a pet of any age. Although puppies and kittens are cute, they can require a lot of work to train. An adult or older pet that is already trained may be a better fit for your lifestyle. For example, adopting an adult dog that is already housetrained and knows basic commands is often much easier than adopting a puppy.
- You can find unlimited resources online as well as the websites to find the right dog for you.
- While many shelters may provide information about the dog, some may not. You then don’t know about the health history of the dog, their temperament, the reason why they were let go and so on.
- If you’re keen or a particular breed of dog, then a shelter dog may not be the best option. Though you may likely find a purebred dog in a shelter, this is not very common.
- You don’t know your dog’s history. You only know what the shelter has told you. You don’t know how he/she is going to react in certain situations.
- You’re faced with answering a lot of personal questions and submitting a lot of paperwork, and still, you may be rejected for the dog you want if you don’t meet the organization’s requirements.
Would you adopt a pet dog or buy?
Adopting a dog can be one of the most exciting, life-changing experiences you can ever have. Just make sure you’ve done your homework and are ready for the commitment before bringing a dog into your family. We look here at why you should adopt a dog from a shelter as well as the possible issues you could face when you do so. You definitely need to think over the pros and cons as you consider a commitment to a new pet. Whichever you decide, we really want to hear from you about your choices and the reasons!!