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10 Reasons To Adopt A Shelter Pet

1.) You’ll save a life.

According to the SPCA, every year 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats) because they cannot find homes. This number could be dramatically reduced if more people adopted pets.

2.) Many dogs are already house-trained and have excellent socialization skills.

Often animals end up in the shelter by no fault of their own and they have no behavioral problems. Many of them even know several commands!

3.)You’ll never be bored or lonely.

Shelter pets each have their own unique personalities but one thing they all have in common is loyalty to their rescuer. When you adopt a dog, you know you’ll have a best friend for life.

4.) You are not supporting puppy mills.

Puppy mills are commercial breeding operations where animals health and well-being are not considered. Females are bred repeatedly and confined in tiny, unsanitary spaces for their entire lives. Once they cannot produce puppies anymore they are often discarded or killed.  Every year over 2 million puppies are sold from puppy mills. This is not only a tragedy for the dogs involved but it puts more strain on our shelters.

5.) You’ll pay less and get a healthy dog.

Adoption fees are reasonable and most rescued pets come vaccinated, spayed/neutered with a clean bill of health. Some even come micro-chipped!

6.) There’s plenty to choose from.


Purebred, mixed-breed, small dogs, big dogs, long haired, short haired. They are all there!
You can pick a dog that’s unique and fits your personality.

7.) You can find the perfect dog from home. 

You don’t have to spend hours searching shelter after shelter for the perfect dog. There are thousands of resources online to help you search for local adoptable dogs. Most rescue groups and shelters have Facebook pages with adoptable dogs listed there as well.

A few of our favorite resources are:

8.) You can be part of their transformation story.

Some dogs come to the shelter in very bad condition due to neglect, abuse or other reasons beyond their control. Most of them just need a little extra help from a kind person and they’ll quickly be on the road to a full recovery. How gratifying would it be to help a dog overcome something like this?

9.) You encourage others to adopt.

When people see the wonderful animals that come from shelters it helps spread awareness about adoption. Plus it gives you an opportunity to educate them on why adoption is so great!

10.)  Rescuing a dog makes you a better person.

There’s something about doing something for someone who can’t repay you that’s good for the soul. Plus, it’s scientifically proven that dogs can help with depression, reduce stress, improve social skills and increase your activity levels. Caring for a dog may take some responsibility but the rewards are priceless.

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5 comments

  1. Debra Hubbs

    Adopt don’t shop! Save a life and gain a lifelong companion. All my dogs have come from shelters or rescues.

    1. Whitney at CedarCide

      Amen! We appreciate the support. Thanks for reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Martha Heggins

    We live 2 miles from a very small town and adjacent to a US highway & have rescued several “dumps”. It always breaks my heart to know that each of them was “thrown away” by their ignorant former owners when they tried their best to be good pets.

    Thanks so much for what you do for shelters!

    1. Whitney at CedarCide

      Wow, it’s amazing that what’s worthless to some we always find to be priceless. Thanks for all YOU do to rescue animals!

  3. William R. Bey

    Thank you for this wonderful article.

    Shelter pets truly are the best. My wife and I wouldn’t part with our two dogs and three cats (all rescues) for any amount of money!

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