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
The 5th Annual Home For The Holidays Pet Adoption Fair at the Irvine Animal Care Center is right around the corner. Every year I remember this event because it almost always coincides with my birthday (December 5th for all you well wishers out there). We try our best to make it out to this event every year as it’s only a hop, skip, and a jump away from our house. One cool thing about this pet adoption is that you’re allowed to bring your fully vaccinated, well-behaved, leashed dog if you so choose.
So, if you’re looking for a dog, cat, rabbit, or other pet (yep, we’ve even seen pigs at the irvine animal care center) then come on down to the Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair this Saturday, December 3rd from 10am to 3pm. You’ll probably see us down their snapping a few pictures of the adoptable puppies and dogs.
Here’s some more information on the event:
Home For The Holidays – 5th Annual Pet Adoption Fair
WHAT: Home For The Holidays – 5th Annual Pet Adoption Fair
WHEN: Saturday, December 3rd from 10am – 3pm
WHERE: Irvine Animal Care Center, 6443 Oak Canyon Road, Irvine, CA
From the 405 Freeway, take the Sand Canyon exit and turn inland;
turn left into Oak Canyon; the Shelter will be the second driveway on the right.
From the 5 Freeway, take the Sand Canyon exit and turn right;
turn right into Oak Canyon; the Shelter will be the second driveway on the right.
What To Do At The Pet Adoption Fair
We’ve gone in the past and it’s mainly about pet adoption gathering many different pet rescues to show their dogs, puppies, cats, and kitties to the public. We’ve heard that in the past the Home For The Holidays Pet Adoption Fair has been very successful in getting pets adopted just in time for Christmas.
Here’s some more information on the Home For The Holidays.
- 400+ Adoptable Animals
- 70+ Vendors and Exhibitors
- Food Court and Bake Sale
- Ask the Vet and Trainer Booths
- Silent Auction and Drawings
- Low-cost Microchip
Cost for admission into this event is $1 and as I mentioned earlier they allow you to bring your fully vaccinated, well-behaved, leashed dog.
Here’s a link to the Irvine Animal Care Center main page where you can see and FAQ section and a list of the Animal Rescues, Vendors, and Exhibitors.
Linus my first puppy was adopted from the Carson animal shelter and we’ve also volunteered as foster parents for dogs and puppies so we very much support pet adoption. If you’re considering getting that next dog or puppy please consider pet adoption and by all means visit this years Home For The Holidays Pet Adoption Fair. We’ll be there this Saturday…How about you? Have you been in the past or do you plan on going this weekend. Let us know if you’ve adopted a puppy from this event in the past or this Saturday. We’d love to hear about your new adopted pet!
When I first decided to get a dog I didn’t know much about dog breeders, pet stores, rescue dogs, or why adopting a shelter dog might be a better alternative.
After you’ve made the decision to bring a dog into your life you have many options as to where you will get a dog. Here are a few of the choices I thought about before making my final decision:
- Adopt A Dog From The Animal Shelter
- Adopt A Dog From A Rescue
- Buy A Dog From A Breeder
- Buy A Dog From The Pet Store
I’m going to go in depth on my reasoning for getting Linus from the animal shelter. However, I don’t plan on going into detail on why you should or should not go with any of the other three options on this list. If you are looking for a dog I’d recommend either getting a dog from the animal shelter or from an animal rescue. If you’re looking for a specific breed you can find dog rescues dedicated to just about any breed. I’ve also read that 25% of the animals at the shelter are purebred dogs. Try looking for rescue and shelter dogs at Petfinder.com.
image by bcgrote
We think you should highly consider adopting from a shelter or rescue and if you’re looking for a specific breed as I said try looking for a breed specific rescue. However, we do know that some might choose to purchase a dog from a breeder. If you decide to get your dog from a breeder make sure you do your due diligence. Do some research on how to find a good breeder. After you know how to find a good breeder make sure you apply that information when looking for your next dog.
I’d highly recommend not purchasing a dog from the pet store as many of their dogs come from puppy mills. Read more about puppy mills at Stop Puppy Mills if you’ve been considering purchasing a dog from the pet store.
Why Adopt A Shelter Dog?
If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you probably know all about my story and how I adopted Linus from the local animal shelter. Now the question is why did I decide to go with a shelter dog and not any of the other three methods of obtaining a dog.
I had heard for years never to get a puppy from the pet store because they came from puppy mills. Puppy Mills are horrible places where breeding dogs are kept in cages (usually their entire lives) and churn out puppies like factories with no regards to the health of the puppies or breeding dogs.
We considered a breeder and actually visited several backyard breeders. The breeders we visited were found via the local newspaper classified ads. Each breeder had varying levels of professionalism. Some had both parents on the premises, AKC paperwork, hip and elbow certification. Some of the breeders had none of this information. If your considering a breeder I’d recommend you read the chapter on Where Can I Find My Puppy? in Puppies For Dummies. This section not only tells you about breeders, but rescues, pet stores, and other ways of getting a dog. Ultimately, we decided getting a dog from a breeder was not for us. I was more interested in saving a dog from a shelter.
We didn’t not consider getting a dog from a local rescue. After we decided not to go with a breeder I kept my eye on Petfinder.com checking out lists of adoptable dogs and puppies from both local rescues and shelters. One day I saw Linus and his siblings at the Carson Shelter. I immediately thought he might be the one. Petfinder.com showed three dogs and if you’re interested in finding out how I chose Linus then check out the article on How To Choose A Puppy. Later that day I brought home my new puppy.
So why exactly did I adopt a shelter dog?
- I definitely did not want a puppy from the pet store after reading about pet stores and puppy mills.
- Because there are so many dogs euthanized in shelters I chose not to get a dog from the breeder and rather rescue from a shelter.
- If I found the perfect puppy at a rescue than I would have had no problem getting a rescue dog.
- I found my perfect puppy via Petfinder.com and rescued him from the Carson Shelter in Los Angeles.
Ultimately, I weighed my four options for getting a dog and decided that dog rescue was the best way for me to get a dog.
I’m so happy I chose to rescue Linus from the shelter. He brings me tons of joy. Every day I return from work I’m excited to see him and he’s excited to see me. He’s my companion when I’m home alone. He impresses my friends with his tricks. He encourages me to exercise every day. He comforts me when I’m sad. He cuddles up next to me when I’m cold. Rescuing Linus was one of the best decisions I made in my life. Those are the answers to the question: Why Adopt A Shelter Dog?
Have you rescued a dog from the shelter? What has your experience been like?