February 24, 2015

February 24, 2015
Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Dog
Part 2

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

I talked about adopting ten reasons to adopt a dog yesterday and I will conclude the blog today. I am a firm believer of adopting a dog instead of buying from breeders.

#5 Personality included
There is something to be said about the relationship between an adopted pet and their owner. Thousands of testimonials flood blogs and social media each year by people talking about how wonderful their pets are. We've all heard the stories of how someone we know adopted a dog and it is the most amazing dog ever.

When you give a dog a new home there is a bond created and that personality starts to find its way out. Every dog is different and every dog has it's own unique personality. Some might be a bit shy and some might be ready to go but each one is as unique as the story they come with, and each one will be forever grateful for a second chance at a forever home.

#4 Stopping the cycle
Over 10,000 humans are born every day and itís estimated that over 70,000 dogs and cats are born every day. Do the math. You are helping to stop the cycle of over breeding by following the ďadopt donít shopĒ mantra. This is not just a cute little saying that shelters and rescues came up with to sell you on the idea, itís a call for awareness. Adoption isnít a possible alternative, adoption is an absolute necessity. Everyday millions of pets are dying and everyday millions of people are buying. Adopt donít shop!

#3 The domino effect
It is a scientific fact that our decisions and conduct spread and are contagious to those around us. The "bandwagon effect" says that as more and more people believe and act on something others will join in and hop on the bandwagon.

When you bring a new dog home the first words out of your friends and family's mouths are "where did you get him/her"? This is your first opportunity to do an amazing thing and to brag about the fact that you just adopted a dog from a shelter or rescue. Not only are you spreading the good news of what you've done but your giving that dog rescue or shelter some great free advertising!

Your adoption will not go unnoticed. You have the opportunity to spread the word with family, friends and the friendly passerby that wants to say hello and pet your dog. This is how change happens; one step and one good decision at a time. You are impacting the way people think around you and hopefully impacting their perspective on adoption.

#2 You can still find what you want
Whether you want small or big, long haired or hypoallergenic, male or female, young or older, you can find exactly what you're looking for. If you have your heart set on a specific breed you can easily locate a breed specific rescue, and surprisingly out of the staggering number of dogs that enter shelters every year 25% of them are pure bread.

#1 You are truly saving a life!
Every year an astounding number of dogs and cats are euthanised. When you adopt a dog and bring it home you are saving it from joining the 2 million+ dogs that are euthanized every year.

Dogs are given up for many reasons such as moving, too expensive, hard to train, health issues, new job, and unfortunately sometimes people give up their dog because they are just bored and want another one. By bring home a dog from a shelter you are giving him/her a second chance at life.

Thousands of dogs are turned over to shelters and rescues or brought in off the streets on a daily basis. You can help a dog in need by adopting it and providing it with a forever home or by donating your time and resources to the rehabilitation of that animal. Every little bit helps and we need every bit of help you can spare.

Hope these tips help when you decide you are reading to get a pet and have a beary safe and great Tuesday!

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

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab