I recently purchased my first purebred dog. I had my criteria: I wanted a dog that didn’t shed, wasn’t “yippy,” and looked one of those fluffy Ewoks from “Star Wars.” Sometimes, you get what you ask for but sometimes you don’t. Unfortunately, I didn’t.

Don’t get me wrong…I love my fluffy little Ewok of a dog, but he cost a fortune, barks his head off, and wants to eat every child within pulling distance of his leash. I now realize that purchasing a purebred doesn’t mean you are going to get everything in a pet that you want. Shelter dogs are equally as wonderful and you are saving a life at the same time. Here’s are 6 reasons adopting an animal from a shelter or rescue group is a better choice than buying a purebred:

Guilt Free

Three-point nine million dogs are in shelters and 670,000 are euthanized each year because not enough people consider adopting a pet. It’s hard to hear, I know, but their lives really do depend on us. The fact is, the number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. Save yourself the guilt trip and take one for the team.

A Great Bargain

Buying a dog from a breeder can cost an insane amount of money. Add to that the cost of the first year’s round of shots, vaccinations, and spaying/neutering, and you’ve got a significant amount of expense. People don’t realize that 25% of the dogs in shelters are actually purebred animals. Chances are you could adopt your desired breed, shots and spaying/neutering included, at a fraction of the cost.

Avoid Housebreaking Headaches

Many shelter pets have already been housebroken (shelter staff will be able to indicate which ones), including young animals who still have full lifespans ahead of them. This can save you not only a lot of headaches but also a lot of carpet stains.

Skip The Hard Work

Why can’t you teach an old dog new tricks? Because they already know them all! Young dogs need a lot of training and exercise, which is a challenge for any owner. Luckily, shelters have an abundance of older dogs who already know basic commands, have lower energy levels than puppies and behave well without constant monitoring.

Because Adoption Helps More Than Just One Animal

By adopting a pet, you are making room in overburdened shelters for new homeless pets. Not only are you giving more animals a second chance, but the cost of your adoption goes directly towards helping shelters take better care for the animals they bring in!

You Encourage Others To Adopt Animals From Shelters

When your friends ask where you got your amazing pet and you can tell them “at the shelter,” you’ll be the trendsetter of the neighborhood! Your adoption may encourage others to do the same.   

Is your pet adopted? Tell us about your adoption experience in the comments below.

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