Why rescuing a dog is better than buying a puppy has been a trend in 2020 and will probably continue in 2021. Almost 17 million new pets will be welcomed into people’s homes across the United States this coming year. Some will be bought from breeders and pet stores, as others will be rescued from animal shelters. Sadly, shelters pets and rescue dogs have acquired an unfair and bad reputation.
Some people are led to believe that only “bad” or aggressive dogs end up in shelters and that you never really know what you’re getting into if you decide to rescue a dog rather than buy a brand-new puppy. Not only are these beliefs unnecessary, but they are also totally untrue. Most people can agree that once they have experienced the feeling of rescuing a dog in need, they would never again consider purchasing a puppy from a breeder or pet store. Most dogs inhabiting the shelters were abandoned or became too old for their owner to want any longer. All these dogs and animals in the shelters just want someone to love and for someone to want to love them back. For most people, the advantages of rescuing a dog usually outweigh the advantages of purchasing a puppy from a breeder or pet store.
It’s also significantly cheaper to rescue a dog than it is to purchase a puppy. Some dogs in shelters have already been partially or fully trained, and all of them will be completely up-to-date with their shots and vaccinations. When you compare the small amount of money required to rescue a dog to the cost of purchasing a new puppy, sterilizing, micro-chipping, and vaccinating them, you’ll see that adopting a dog is a genuine money saver.
As corny as it may sound, when you rescue a dog, you’re saving that dog’s life. Also, consider that you could be saving at least two dogs’ lives for every dog that you rescue because when you rescue a dog from a shelter, you’re opening up their former space for another dog waiting to be rescued. Likewise, the little amount of money you pay the shelter when picking a dog will go towards feeding and taking care of the remaining dogs in the shelter, as well as possibly creating new spaces for other dogs in need. Therefore, if you or someone you know is contemplating getting a new dog or animal, highly consider rescuing from your local animal shelter or animal rescues in your area.