February 23, 2015

February 23, 2015
Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Dog

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and I hope you had a beary safe and great weekend. It is another day of resting for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

I talked about adopting a pet yesterday and today and tomorrow I would like to blog about ten reasons to adopt a dog. I am a firm believer of adopting a dog instead of buying from breeders.

#10 It's rewarding to give a second chance
There are many reasons why you should adopt a dog. It's estimated that over 2.5 million healthy shelter pets go unadopted each year and only about 25 to 30 percent of pets in homes came from rescue organizations and shelters. So why are so many amazing animals still in shelters waiting for their special someone? Are you teetering on the fence and considering adoption? Here are the top 10 reasons why adoption is the right choice for you.

It truly is an amazing feeling to do the right thing. To know that you have saved a life, impacted the environment, supported a worthy cause, helped to stop a terrible epidemic and made a lifelong friend in the process is extremely fulfilling. It’s a decision that you can feel proud of and an experience that you can share with everyone.

When you adopt a dog from your local shelter or rescue you are making a difference for not only the dog you adopted but for the rescue or shelter as well. It's rewarding to know that you are participating in the mission of these organizations. When you bring your new dog home you are adding a member to your family and your new friend will be forever grateful. This is something that will truly brighten your every day for years to come.

#9 Knowing in advance
They say that knowing is half the battle and with pets it’s probably more than half. If you decide to adopt an older dog then you will most likely have a good understanding of their personality before they go home with you. Matching personalities and looking for compatibility is a key factor in a pet finding a forever home. Most shelters and rescues have a very keen insight on the animals they have and can truly help you find the best one for you.

Understanding the personality and history of your new dog can be a great way to ensure that your home is the last home that he or she will ever have to have. Some dogs have had a troubled history and might need a more sensitive approach, while other dogs may be hyper and need a more forward approach. Either way you should spend quality time asking quesitons and getting as much information as possible.

Have you ever wondered why pet rescues and shelters ask so many questions when you are applying to adopt a dog? They have a responsibility to make sure that when you adopt a dog that you are a good match. Make sure that when you make the decision to adopt that you find out everything you can in advance of bringing your new buddy home.

#8 Supporting the cause
Every time someone adopts a pet the scales tip a little bit in the right direction and more and more can be accomplished on behalf of the millions that still need to find a home. You are not just getting something for yourself, you are making a conscience choice to support a global effort to stop the unnecessary killing and breeding of dogs. Your support one way or the other will make a difference.

According to the Humane Society only 20% of dogs in U.S. homes were adopted from a shelter or rescue. Supporting the cause is very important when you consider that over 2 million dogs and cats are euthanized every year. It is by adopting these dogs and giving them a home that enables shelters and rescues to continue fighting for their cause.

If you aren't in a position to be able to adopt a dog then maybe you could sponsor the adoption of a pet with your local shelter or rescue. There are many other things you can do to support the cause even if you can't donate money. Contact your local pet rescue or shelter today to find out how you can help.

#7 It's Green!
Avoiding great detail for those with a weaker constitution, let’s just say that by adopting a dog you are reducing your “carbon footprint”. As mentioned earlier, the dog and cat population is growing at an insurmountable rate and with that a lot of things that are bad for our communities and planet also increase. Every time we adopt we are making a dent in the “need to breed” idea. Supply will lessen if we decrease the demand.

#6 You can opt out of the puppy stage
Puppies are so much fun. They're cute and they love to play and give affection. But sometimes a puppy isn't what is best for the circumstance. Sometimes we need to consider adopting an adult or senior dog.

Did you know that there are alot of senior dogs out there that need homes? There are a lot of dogs that are in their senior years and really need a home to spend the rest of their days. Adopting one of these older dogs can extremely rewarding. An older dog is usually a bit more relaxed and with its experience can learn your environment fairly quick.

There are a lot of puppies in shelters and rescues if that is really what you are looking for, but adoption gives you the opportunity to think outside the box a bit and explore other options. Everyone loves puppies but it’s no secret that they aren’t a walk in park by any means. Older dogs are a lot harder to place in a home but have a lot of benefits. Keep an open mind and maybe you can skip on the puppy phase all together.

Tomorrow I will blog about the other five tips. Hope you have a beary safe and great Monday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab