Until recently, there has been a stigma to adopting a dog from a shelter. People used to think that shelter dogs were the equivalent of generic-brand food, and that these dogs were somehow “less than” versus dogs from breeders. Luckily, more and more people are understanding that unless you’re planning to enter your dog in a breeding competition, shelter dogs are just as — if not better than — breeder dogs. Here are just a few of the reasons why.

You May Save Its Life

There are still shelters who euthanize pets who aren’t given homes in a certain number of days. By adopting a dog, you are not only providing it with a better life, but are also saving it from being put down.

Shelter Dogs Are Not Bad Dogs

It’s a sad fact that most dogs in shelters once had a home. It could have been a loving home, but the owners had to move away and didn’t bring their dog for a number of reasons. It could have been that the owner died. Whatever the case, shelter dogs are not problem dogs, but victims of circumstance.

Shelters Provide A Great Service To Our Community

By paying a modest fee to adopt your dog from a shelter, you are providing that shelter with additional funds to support their work in the community to help rescue, protect and provide care for pets. Most shelters also help with community education about animal welfare. When you adopt, you save a loving animal by making them part of your family and open up shelter space for another animal who might desperately need it.

Stop The Practice Of Puppy Mills

Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop supporting them. This includes pet providers who hide the fact that the dog came from a mill by advertising pets for sale online, or selling them at a pet store or at a flea market. By adopting a pet, you can be certain you aren’t giving puppy mills a dime.

At PetWow, we donate our work with Save Our Strays Program (SAAP) because of our belief that all animals need access to quality healthcare. If your family is ready to adopt a shelter dog, please visit their website to find your new best friend today! For more pet care tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or LinkedIn!

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