If you’ve reached a point in your life when you’re ready to take on the responsibility of a dog, you now need to carefully consider your options. Many prospective pooch owners tend to want to take on the cutest young puppies, when there are thousands of dogs in shelters across the country waiting for someone to choose them instead.
Adopting a rescue dog is a truly rewarding and worthwhile thing to do, and when you introduce your new four-legged friend to your home, you’ll wonder why you ever thought about an alternative. There are numerous benefits to adopting a dog as opposed to buying a “brand new” puppy, 7 of which we’d like to share here with you.
1. You’ll have the chance to save two lives!
When you adopt a rescue dog, you make room in the shelter for another stray or unwanted pet that may have otherwise been left to fend for themselves. If you thought it rewarding enough taking in your own rescue dog, just think of the second dog you’re helping to save when there’s space in the shelter for them to be taken in.
2. Responsible pet ownership
Puppy breeding has quickly become a popular and rather lucrative market for people. Unfortunately for the puppies, some disreputable breeders may place financial gain over their health, and try to breed as many puppies as possible. This is known as puppy farming, which can lead to illnesses and other health conditions in the puppies. All might seem well on the surface, but you never know how unhealthy your puppies are if they’ve come from an irresponsible breeder.
Dog shelters, on the other hand, take the time to nurse any ill or injured dogs they receive back to health, so that they’re fighting fit and ready to be adopted in as healthy condition as possible. You might even find that by adopting a rescue dog, you have a healthier and happier friend who will be by your side for many years to come.
Top Tip: If you’re hoping to promote responsible pet ownership and avoid supporting these puppy farmers, it’s well worth doing some research into a breeder before choosing whether or not to buy a puppy from them. If you do decide to go down the breeder route, The Kennel Club has some great advice to help you source a reputable and responsible breeder.
3. Find your best friend in an unexpected breed
Everyone has a particular breed in mind when the time comes to look for a dog to buy or adopt. However, you might find that a completely different breed of dog is better suited to you and your lifestyle, when you meet them face to face.
By heading to the local shelter to adopt a rescue dog, you’ll meet a variety of different dog breeds, each with their own personalities and characteristics that you may not have known about. Who knows, you could have arrived in search of a Shih Tzu and left having found a best friend in a Saint Bernard!
4. Reap the benefits of an adult dog
If you choose to buy a puppy that’s with you from 8 weeks old, you’ll be taking on the responsibility of training them and making sure they aren’t up to too much mischief. Whereas if you choose to adopt an adult dog from your local shelter, they’ll most likely recognise basic commands already as well as being house trained, so the majority of the hard work will have been done for you.
5. Receive expert advice and support
The team at the local shelter will have a solid understanding of the wants and needs of each of the dogs there. You can feel comfortable in the knowledge that they will guide you towards finding the best suited dog for you. So whether you need help on choosing between a male or female dog, looking for a breed that’s best for allergy sufferers, or just a big softie to cuddle and spoil rotten, the team will be able to pair you with a dog that’s bound to be your best friend for life.
Not only that, but they’re just a phone call away should you need any further advice or assistance with your newly adopted pooch.
6. Extra love and loyalty
Adopting a rescue dog means giving them the chance to be a part of your family and feeling safe in a forever home, something which hasn’t been offered to them in their past. By giving them somewhere to grow old, happily and healthily, there’s no doubt that they will love you unconditionally and remain a loyal companion to you, too.
7. You’ll be supporting the caring shelters
These shelters do everything they can to help as many dogs as possible, so by donating to these centres and adopting a rescue dog from them, you’re helping them to continue offering help and care to many other dogs in need. With your help, these shelters can continue running and doing their amazing, selfless work.
How to take care of your rescue dog
If our seven reasons why you should adopt a rescue dog have persuaded you take a trip to your local rescue shelter, you might end up bringing a new friend home much sooner than expected. That’s why it’s so important to prepare yourself in advance and know how to take care of your rescue dog, for when the time comes to introduce your new pooch to your pad.
Battersea has a wealth of information on their website, for new and inexperienced dog owners looking to take on their first rescue dog. From house training and seasonal care, to dangerous foods and keeping your dog calm on Bonfire Night, there’s plenty of expert guidance over on their advice pages.
As proud supporters of Battersea, we would thoroughly recommend paying them a visit, to shake some paws, meet some furry friends and potentially find the perfect pooch for you.
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