Here are just a few reasons why to adopt your next puppy or adult dog from a rescue dog adoption service or your local humane society.
- Because you will save a dogs life
- Help fight puppy mills
- Adoption helps more than one dog
- You’ll change a homeless dogs world
Approximately 4.1 million shelter animals are adopted each year (2 million dogs and 2.1 million cats). About 810,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners. Of those, 710,000 are dogs and 100,000 are cats.
An estimated 3.7 million animals are euthanized in animal shelters every year, and you’ll be doing your part to address the tragic problem of pet population.
Many of these dogs have very restrictive lives in a shelter, come from abusive previous owners, or abandoned on the streets. We ask you to please adopt or rescue your next dog and give them a second chance in life. With the proper training, any dog can be become a wonderful member of your family.
“Puppy mill” sounds cute until you find out they are factory-style breeding facilities that often prioritize profit over animal welfare. Housed in poor conditions with little to no medical care, the animals in these mills suffer greatly. The puppies from these mills are often sick or traumatized and the mothers discarded once they’re no longer “profitable.”
Buying a pet is not cheap. Prices range from $500 to $1,000 or more! And that does not include the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations or microchipping. Adoption fees rarely break $200 and often include all those post-adoption amenities. A bargain when you consider you’ll be bringing home the companion of a lifetime!
When a family buys a dog from a pet store, it’s almost certainly a puppy mill dog. When you adopt, you’re saying no to an awful practice and keeping money out of their pockets.
Some people just can’t adopt a pet due to housing, finances, age, allergies, or other circumstances. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t contribute to helping shelter pets in other ways.
This is where fostering an animal comes in. With fostering, an animal is placed into your home for temporary or long-term care. The foster can help socialize, care for, or serve as a companion to a shelter owner until they are ready to go to another home. In some cases, the foster becomes attached to the animal and ends up keeping them permanently.
If you want to foster shelter pets, you can reach out to your local animal shelter. Each shelter may have its own requirements for fosters, such as undergoing training or being a certain age. If you have other pets, they may also require that your pets be spayed or neutered and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
If your not able to help with dog adoption or foster, there are other ways you can help
One of the biggest areas in which a lot of shelters need help is funding. A lot of animal shelters receive funding through grants or donations from certain organizations or the city that the shelter is in. But sometimes this funding isn’t enough, especially for non-profit shelters who often don’t receive city funding. It can cost hundreds of dollars to care for one shelter pet when you consider vet care, vaccinations, and the supplies needed to keep the animal, especially in no-kill shelters. Monetary donations or fundraisers can make a big impact on the shelter’s finances.
If you can’t donate money, you can also donate supplies to help cut down on the supplies that the shelter has to buy. Blankets, dog and cat food, cat litter, bowls and litter boxes, and even toys are all things that you can donate to a shelter that will help tremendously. Any food or litter that you donate should be new and unopened, but you can donate dog beds and blankets that are used.
If you want to help but can’t help in any other way, you can consider volunteering. Many animal shelters are also understaffed due to lack of funding, or they have too many animals for the amount of staff that they have to care for. By volunteering in your free time, you can help care for and play with the animals so that they can feel loved while they wait to go to their forever home.
Oregon Rescue Organizations
Not only are pets scientifically proven to reduce stress levels and improve blood pressure, but no one can offer the unconditional love and companionship a pet can.
Use rescue dog adoption services or humane societies and save a dog’s life today, by either becoming a foster parent or adding a new dog to your family. Visit a local shelter or rescue organization and change a dog’s life and offer them a second chance. We thank you and so will your new dog and family member.
Smart Dog Pet Training offers a 10% discount off any training packages for rescue or adopted dogs from any shelter or rescue organization.
Register your adopted or fostered dog today with in home private positive reinforcement dog training with you and your dog provided by professional and experienced dog trainers in your area.