Each year, thousands of dogs are without a home. Where do they all end up? Well, if they don’t get run over by a car, stay in the wild, or starve, they go to a rescue organization or animal shelter. Have you ever considered adopting a shelter dog? They make great pets!
Isn’t the Shelter for Problem Dogs? (Quick Answer: No!)
“I don’t want to adopt anyone’s problem dog!” you might think. However, these dogs are not problems. Their past owners were the real problems! They probably gave their pet no training, socialization, or attention. That cute puppy in the pet shop window looked cute and lovable at the moment, but when they got home, they remembered that puppies chew, pee, bark, and are super hyper. So they dump it at a shelter. Or maybe the former owners got tired of their middle-aged dog and wanted a puppy. Well, the other dog and pup didn’t get along, so Fido had to go to make room for the new addition. Other times, however, it is less cruel. Sometimes people die and their dog has to go to the shelter, or maybe they move to a place that doesn’t allow dogs. And, very often, these dogs are just found on the streets as a result of some uncaring person dumping them. So, no, these dogs aren’t problems. Their only problem is that they need a home and love.
The Benefits of Adopting an Adult Dog
Everyone loves, loves, loves puppies because they are new, fuzzy, cute, and sweet, but we tend to overlook grown dogs. They were once just as cute, and now their true personality is showing. They’ve probably outgrown most puppy behaviors such as chewing and peeing in the house (though you can never be sure with shelter dogs; they might have had a bad owner who didn’t teach them anything). And with an adult dog, you can see what you’ll end up with. Plus, adopting an adult dog is a good deed as they don’t get picked up as quick as puppies.
Yes, most of the dogs you see in the shelter are mixed breeds, but that doesn’t really matter. They’re cute, sweet, unique dogs who just want to have a home. And, sometimes, you’ll even find a purebred mixed in the bunch. However, mixed breeds can be cooler because of their one-of-a-kind patterns and hair types. While volunteering at the animal shelter, my humans saw a dog with a head spotted like a Dalmatian with large splotches of gray-black on his back. They also walked the cutest little dog who had short, brown fur and ears that stood up. Another dog sported a coat that was puffy and soft like a Husky’s yet colored like a Lab. There are some unique and awesome dogs at the shelter!
Can’t Adopt? Volunteer or Donate!
If you can’t help out the shelter dogs by bringing one home, you can always volunteer. Volunteers get to do activities such as walking, brushing, bathing, feeding, and playing with the dogs who are waiting for their fur-ever homes. It’s a lot of fun! Or, if you don’t have time to volunteer or have dog allergies, you can donate items such as food, treats, beds, dishes, office supplies, collars, and leashes.