There are some great dog and cat breeds out there, but when anyone asks what's your favourite breed, just tell them it doesn't matter, as long as it's a rescue pet! Go and visit your local shelter, meet the dogs and cats, have a connection. The breed and the size really don't matter when you feel a connection with a rescue animal.
There are many advantages of adopting a rescue dog that you and your family can enjoy.
1. You’re Saving a Life
Adopting a dog from a shelter not only means that you’re giving him a happy life, but you also free up a spot at the rescue or shelter to save another dog’s life.
2. You Can Find a Fully Trained Dog
Don’t know much about training a puppy or don’t have the patience? You can find an adult rescue dog who’s already house trained and has his basic manners down pat. But if you’re up to the challenge, a rescue can find you a puppy as well.
3. You’ll Know the Dog’s Personality
Rescues and shelters care about how a dog will fit in with your family and will give you as much information as possible about each dog’s personality, activity level, how they behave with children, other pets and strangers, and other factors that make for a good fit. Be sure to tell them about the qualities you want in your pet and ask lots of questions. That way, you can find a perfect addition to your family.
4. Rescue Dogs Are Less Expensive
A rescue dog has already had all of his vaccinations and may have been spayed or neutered. And shelters typically have very reasonable adoption fees, ranging from Dhs 200 to Dhs 1,100.
5. You’ll Find a Lot of Choices
Rescue shelters often have dogs of all ages and genders, as well as purebred and mixed breeds of all kinds (an estimated 30% of dogs in rescues are purebred). And if you have a specific breed in mind, reach out to a breed-specific rescue near you.
6. Adopting Helps Fight Puppy Mills
Approximately 95% of puppies you can buy in pet stores or online are from puppy mills. Adopting a dog from a shelter takes business away from mills. The more people who adopt, the more puppy mills have a hard time staying in business.
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