Are you thinking about bringing home a new puppy? If so, you should consider adopting a puppy from your local animal shelter or rescue. We adopted our little Linus from the animal shelter over 8 years ago and it was perhaps the best decision we ever made!
Every year we try to support our local animal rescues and shelters by visiting, donating, and volunteering our time at the large pet adoption events. We’ve volunteered as fosters for puppies and dogs for Cuddly Canines Rescue. And of course we always like to share pictures here on the blog and at our Facebook page of adoptable pups and dogs from the adoption events we attend.
There are a lot of misconceptions about rescuing a dog or puppy. Here are a few we hear all the time.
A Few Misconceptions About Rescue Puppies
Looks like a black Labrador Retriever mix rescue puppy!
- There are only mixed breeds at rescues and shelters: The Humane Society estimates that 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred. We love our Aussie, Lab, Husky, Chow mix breed (actually that’s just a guess) Linus, but there are plenty of breed specific rescues out there too. Just go to PetFinder.com and search for your breed of choice.
- They don’t have puppies – Linus was an adorable 10 week old puppy when we picked him up from the Carson Animal Shelter. Check him out: Linus the Aussie mix puppy. Cuddly Canines rescues puppies and has adoptable puppies all the time. Check out their page: Cuddly Canines
- They don’t have purebred puppies – While it may be more difficult to find a purebred puppy of your choice we do see them all the time at rescues and shelters. I’ve seen litters of purebred Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherd puppies recently up for adoption. I also saw a litter of Labradoodles (technically not a purebred, but a very popular hybrid cross) up for adoption at PetFinder.com a few days ago.
So now that you know that there are puppies even purebred puppies available at animal shelters and rescues what are the 7 reasons why you should adopt a rescue puppy?
7 Reasons Why You Should Adopt A Rescue Puppy!
A rescue puppy will change your life! Every day I see the popular paw print bumper sticker “Who Rescued Who?” It’s so true!
Who Rescued Who? Adopt a rescue pup and you’ll know what it means…
#7 – They Will Make You More Social
First of all, a puppy won’t just make you more social it will make you the most popular person amongst your group of friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers. Trust me, as a puppy foster and guide dog puppy raiser everyone becomes your best friend.
A second benefit is as your puppy gets old enough to go on walks through the neighborhood you’ll notice that you talk to your neighbors a whole heck of a lot more than before you had a puppy.
#6 – They Will Help Reduce Your Stress
Check out this study on stress relief and pets. Just in case you don’t want to click through to that article recent studies have shown that spending time with your pet may be a better stress reliever than talking your problems out with a friend!
Recent research shows that, when conducting a task that’s stressful, people actually experienced less stress when their pets were with them than when a supportive friend or even their spouse was present! (This may be partially due to the fact that pets don’t judge us; they just love us.)
Linus and Stetson are great listeners!
#5 – Your Future Jogging Partner
A new puppy will help get you more exercise. When they are puppies they probably won’t make great jogging partners, but as they get older they will make at least a good walking partner.
Of course as puppies you’ll probably be walking them back and forth to their potty spot in the backyard…also great exercise!
#4 – You Are Saving A Life
Some people have told me that this isn’t necessarily true because who wouldn’t have adopted that adorable puppy? I do agree that an adorable puppy will get adopted, but the longer he stays at the shelter or rescue the more likely other puppies and dogs will not be able to occupy his space in foster care or at the shelter.
That’s right I said other puppies may not have a place at the shelter. Did you know that some shelters will euthanize puppies if they are too young (under 8 weeks of age). This is because even though the pups would easily get adopted the shelter does not have the resources to care for a young litter of pups and if a rescue cannot come in and save these little guys the animal shelter is forced to euthanize
#3 – You Won’t Be Supporting Puppy Mills or Unethical Breeders
Please, please, please do not purchase a puppy from the pet store! I’ve heard and read that 99% of puppies at pet stores come from puppy mills. While I’m not sure where this statistic comes from I do know that the percentage is very high. So please, please, please, do not purchase a puppy from the pet store.
#2 – You Save Money
Adoption fees for a puppy from the animal shelter or rescue are much less than going to a breeder. Many breeders will charge thousands of dollars for their puppies. However, rescuing a puppy like Linus from the animal shelter cost us $37 and that included microchip and his first set of vaccinations. When I fostered for Cuddly Canines the adoption fee was $350 (a bargain in my books), but that included spay/neuter, de-worming, first round of vaccinations, grooming, and microchipping.
#1 – Puppy Breath!
YES! The Puppy Breath! It’s kind of a stanky, skunky smell, but if you’re a puppy lover I’m sure you already know and love the PUPPY BREATH!
There you have it! 7 reasons why you should adopt a rescue puppy! We adopted Linus just over 8 years ago and we haven’t regretted it one bit. Linus is a unique, one of a kind Australian Shepherd, Chow Chow, Labrador Retriever, Siberian Husky, and who know what else mix. We wouldn’t give him up for the world!
So how about you? Are you looking to adopt a rescue puppy or have you adopted a rescue puppy in the past? If so, tell us your story in the comment section below.
If you are looking to adopt a rescue puppy and you don’t know where to start might I suggest checking out PetFinder.com? That’s how we found our little Linus
Neary 8 years ago I adopted my first puppy from the Carson Animal Shelter. It was life changing and adopting Linus had to be one of the best decisions of my life.
At the time my ex-girlfriend and I were visiting many of the local breeders crooning over adorable little puppies. We saw tiny little Labrador Retriever pups, Golden Retrievers, and Australian Shepherds.
I can still remember seeing 12 little 6 week old Golden Retriever puppies come bursting through the screen door with mom and dad in tow. I can’t recall a more adorable sight. However, even after seeing all of these cute puppies I always had my eye and heart set on adopting my first puppy.
I remember seeing the blurry picture on PetFinder.com like it was yesterday:
- Animal: Dog
- Breed: Labrador Retriever/Australian Shepherd
- Age: Baby
- Gender: Male
- Size: Large
- Location: Carson Animal Shelter
We hopped in our car drove down to meet this little Lab/Aussie puppy and the rest is history! Read more about the day we brought home our first puppy, Linus.
For those of you who are looking to adopt a puppy and don’t think they have any pups at the shelters or rescues you need to check out PetFinder.com. There are thousands of puppies listed on PetFinder.com waiting to go to their forever homes. You can also find hundreds/thousands of local rescues as well as many adoption events occurring in your area of the nation.
We saw this little guy at the Irvine Super Pet Adoption last year.
Cute Little Rescue Puppy From The Super Pet Adoption
If you’re looking for a new pet please consider adopting from your local animal shelter or rescue. As we can attest it’s a wonderful feeling knowing you helped save another life.
Did you adopt your last pet? Are you planning on adopting? Tell us about it in the comment section below.
By the way, this was supposed to be my Wordless Wednesday post, but it ended up getting a few hundred words…sorry…
It’s been years since I adopted my first dog and thought about the question: What Things Should I Consider Before Getting A Dog? Adopting a dog is a huge decision and something you should not take lightly.
My girlfriend took me shopping several years ago…not for any old gift, but she planned on getting me a puppy as a birthday gift. I was very hesitant at first, but we spent a wonderful day visiting several breeders and playing with puppies. However, I did not make my final decision on whether a puppy would be right for me until over a month later.
I bought several books which not only outlined puppy training, but also the things you should consider before taking home that adorable puppy.
Here are a few things I considered before bringing a new puppy into my household:
What Things Should I Consider Before Getting A Dog?
- Researching the breeds - I did a lot of research into dog breeds considering my own lifestyle and how that would mesh with my new puppy. I even considered the future thinking that I might need a dog good with children. In the end I ended up getting a mixed breed dog, but he was supposedly mixed with two of the breeds I was considering: Labrador Retriever and Australian Shepherd.
- Shelter, Rescue, or Breeder – We initially visited several breeders. However, it didn’t sit quite right with me. I new there were many unwanted dogs and puppies at our local shelters and rescues. I started searching for a puppy on Petfinder.com and ended up rescuing a puppy from the Carson Shelter in Los Angeles County.
- Financial Situation – There are a lot of expenses to consider when adopting a new dog…just ask my friends who have spent over $10,000 on a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in the first couple years. When I first brought Linus home from the shelter he had some serious issues including a stomach virus, extreme fleas, he was lethargic, and had worms. Vet bills aren’t the only thing to consider. Food, toys, grooming supplies, flea and tick medication, dog training, collars, leashes, etc. Those are just a few expenses you will encounter over the lifespan of your dog. Not to mention he may destroy a few things near and dear to your heart.
- Dog Training - In my book, every dog needs to be trained. How do you plan on training your dog? Go to the store and get some books or DVD’s, take your dog to group training, private in-house training, find useful information on the internet, etc. There are all kinds of things to do for dog training. Just be sure to devote the time and effort to training your dog. I took Linus to puppy group training and then basic obedience training directly after. Since then I’ve taken Linus to basic obedience on three other separate occasions to keep him up to speed on his dog training.
- Time/Attention for the dog – This was probably the most important thing for me to consider and also the reason why I didn’t get a dog in the past. I was actually taking time off from work for about a year and instead attending school. I was also on winter break and had about 5 weeks to work on puppy training 24/7. Those initial 5 weeks of constant supervision, in the end, really made him a well rounded dog.
- Lifespan – Your dog won’t live for ever, but I’d plan on having him for at least the next 10 years. I’m hoping that Linus lives 15+ years.
- Other Pets – We had a young cat that we were a little concerned might not accept our new puppy. However, the two got along famously and became best of friends.
Those are just a few things I considered before getting a dog. There are many other important things you might want to take into consideration as everyone is at a different place in their life and in a different situation.
The biggest thing I can say is get out there and educate yourself! Read a good book like the Puppies For Dummies (affiliate link) book, do some online research (if you found this article then you’ve probably already started this process), talk to your friends, talk to dog trainers and veterinarians, make sure you do your due diligence before you make that final plunge and adopt a puppy.
What do you think? What things should I consider before getting a dog?
As usual I was browsing through Google Reader and learned that today, March 23rd is National Puppy Day!
Here I am writing to a site about puppy training and little did I know that there was an entire day dedicated to my cause.
Here’s what National Puppy Day is all about:
Right now there are thousands of puppies in shelters and rescues all over the country that are in need of a forever home. National Puppy Day supports the ban of Puppy Mills!! Please don’t buy from pet stores! These puppies come from cruel and horrid conditions!! If you’re looking for a pure breed puppy, there are pure breed rescues all over the country filled with available young dogs for adoption.
We’re definitely in support of the National Puppy Day cause and wanted to let our readers know about it too. If you’re interested in finding a puppy please don’t go to the pet store. Instead try your local animal shelter or rescue and if you’re looking for a specific breed I’ve heard that more than 25% of the dogs that end up in shelters are pure bred. Also, as the National Puppy day website mentions there are many breed specific rescues available. If you’re looking for a breed specific rescue try visiting the PetFinder.com website. They list over 13,000 animal shelters and rescues.
We’ve done our best to help animal shelters and rescues by volunteering our time with local rescues as fosters. As fosters we’ve rescued, raised, and adopted out several litters of puppies from the Riverside animal shelter. It’s time consuming, but a very rewarding experience.
If you don’t feel ready to take on the responsibility of adopting a puppy or dog from a shelter or rescue you might first try fostering.
Have you heard of National Puppy Day? Did you rescue your dog from an animal shelter?
If you are considering puppy adoption, I highly recommend visiting one of your local puppy/dog rescues. In past articles I’ve talked to you about the puppy/dog rescue, Cuddly Canines. I want to do my best to help place these puppies by profiling each puppy, litter of puppies, and dogs on this blog.
***Note this dog may already be adopted as I will keep this information in my archive. Please check the Cuddly Canines website for the most recent puppies up for adoption.
Chili The Eighteen Month Old Border Collie
This beautiful lady is around 18 months old & drop-dead gorgeous with silky brown- white hair & lovely golden eyes.
She is a very happy girl who loves to play. She gets along with male dogs & loves children. Chili knows her basic commands & would excel in further training as she is very smart!
Chili is in La Habra Heights and is available for adoption.
What is a Border Collie?
The Cuddly Canines website says nothing about Chili being a border collie, but I’m just assuming because of the way she looks that she is a border collie. Try google images and type “Red Border Collie” and you’ll see images of dogs that look very similar to Chili.
Remember to always research your breeds before making a decision on adopting a dog. Border Collies are almost unanimously considered the smartest breed of dog.
The Border Collie is a breed of herding dog that originated in the border country of England and Scotland. They are widely regarded as the most intelligent dog breed. Border Collies are highly energetic, and as a result have a tendency towards neurotic or destructive behavior if not given enough to do. They are still frequently used on farms all over the world for assisting with the handling of livestock, and they have also become popular as pet and sport dogs. Though known to be reserved with strangers, these dogs can also be protective of a human family member and affectionate to those they know.
Are you interested in adopting?
If you are interested in adopting Chili please visit the Cuddly Canines website. If you happen to adopt Chili please remember, it’s never too early or too late to start them on their training. If you are interested in puppy adoption or fostering here are a few other articles you might enjoy:
Puppy Adoption And Fostering
Dedicated To My Dog Linus
Of course, Chili is not the only dog being fostered by Cuddly Canines. Please visit their website to see the most current pictures of all their dogs and puppies.
I’d love to hear what you have to say about this article. Is puppy adoption in your future? Do you want to try puppy fostering? If so, please visit the Cuddly Canines website.
Have you ever thought about Service Dog puppy adoption? I’m sure you’ve seen Service Dogs out on the streets, in your local mall, or maybe the grocery store, but did you know that you can adopt one of these beautiful, well-behaved dogs? Most of this information how to adopt a puppy is based on my experience and knowledge with Guide Dogs of America.
What is a Service Dog?
According to the American Disabilities Act (federal) any dog assisting a person with a
disability is considered a service dog (exclusive of therapy dogs). Service dogs are entitled to freely access buildings and transportation (trains, planes, buses). Some of the common
service dogs are:
- Dogs for the blind – Often referred to as “Guide Dogs” or “Seeing Eye Dogs”
- Hearing and Signal Dogs – Dogs trained to assist deaf people.
- Assistance Dogs – A varied category. Dogs will often help by picking things up, open and closing doors, and pulling wheel chairs
- Therapy Dogs – Not considered by law as a Service Dog. Therapy dogs visit hospitals, care facilities, nursing homes, etc to cheer up patients. – For the re levance of this article we will not be talking about Therapy Dogs.
How Does A Puppy Go From Puppy To Service Dog?
First, it’s important to understand the process a Service Dog puppy
goes through before achieving the status of Service Dog.
- Breeder Dogs are housed by foster families near Service Dog facilities such as Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar, CA.
- Breeder Dogs are bred and have litters at the Service Dog facility.
- The litter stays at the facility until approximately 7-8 weeks of age.
- At 7-8 weeks of age puppies move on to live with individuals and families called puppy raisers.
- Puppies are evaluated and learn basic obedience throughout the puppy raising period for approximately 18-22 months.
- At 18-22 months the puppies are brought back to the Service Dog facility for formal training.
- Puppies attend formal training for 4-6 months. During formal training puppies learn advanced commands specific to the disability they will assist.
This is just a short step-by-step and does not include every detail in a Service Dog Puppy’s training.
How Can I Adopt A Service Dog Puppy?
Service Dog training programs are very rigorous and not all puppies will become Service Dogs. At Guide Dogs of America it is said that approximately 40% of the puppies who start the program will not make it as a Guide Dog. So what happens to the puppies that are career changed (don’t make the guide dog program)? The puppy raiser has the first choice to keep the puppy. If the puppy raiser declines to keep the puppy then the puppy is adopted out. Who gets to adopt the puppy? Currently at Guide Dogs of America there is a 5 year wait list for people interested in adopting a retired or career change guide dog. They are not accepting new applications.
Guide Dogs are not working service dogs their entire lives. Working Guide Dogs can be retired due to health problems or old age. The blind partner has the first option of adopting his/her retired working Guide Dog. The puppy raiser has the second option of adopting the retired Guide Dog. Finally, if neither opt to adopt the dog then the dog is adopted out to a family/individual who applied for puppy/dog adoption.
What about other Service Dog Groups?
There are many other Service Dog groups and their policies and procedures for puppy adoption are probably similar to Guide Dogs of America. However, other groups may be accepting applications for new adoption families. Here are a few groups I’ve come across on the web with headquarters in California:
Guide Dogs of America
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Guide Dogs of the Desert International
Canine Companions for Independence
Are you interested in Service Dog puppy adoption? Have you ever raised a Service Dog puppy or adopted a Service Dog? I’d love to hear what you have to say.