Before getting a dog, I hope that you have conducted a thorough assessment of your ability to be a future dog owner. After fulfilling all the requirements and the right commitment to become a responsible dog owner, you are now ready to search for the dog you want.
But before making your final decision in buying a puppy, here are 5 reasons why adoption is the better option:
You’ll know what you’re getting
You might be considering getting a puppy from a certain breed because of the curiosity knowing what it would look like when it grows up, but wouldn’t it be better to be assured about what your dog will be than waiting for it to be full-grown?
Since being assured means, there would not be any surprises left, no changes in coat color, or guessing what will be the height or build of your dog. Additionally, adopting a full-grown dog would assure you that it will be very unique from all the other dogs out there and no one will have a dog just like yours. Especially if you are adopting an Aspin (a Philippine Native Dog) or a mixed breed dog. By adopting full-grown dogs from the shelter would also help you pick the traits of the dog you want.
You can “try out” a dog before making a commitment
To make sure that the dogs are going to homes and families that are perfect for them, many shelters allow a sort of trial period to see if the dogs and their new homes are well-suited for each other. So before you make a decision, you can visit them a few times at the shelter before adopting them or you can also foster them for a few weeks to see if the dog you want is compatible with you. Another thing that is also good about this set-up is that the dog can also decide if they are comfortable with you and your home.
Another good reason why you should try this set-up is to know if you or a family member have allergies, but don’t worry because the cause of allergies can be very specific like breaking into sneezing fits when you are around a certain dog which does not necessarily mean that you’re allergic to all dogs.
While fostering a dog is also something you should consider if you already have other resident pets, because some adult dogs will have little patience for a bouncy little puppy. That is why it is important to pick the right rescue which complements the personality of your other resident pets to make sure that they would bond together.
You don’t have the time and energy to train and care for a puppy
Adopting mature or adult dogs would not be time-consuming or as expensive as taking care of puppies. Since most of the naughty chewing habits, nipping, and other playful but destructive behaviors that puppies are known for are no longer demonstrated or done by mature dogs. It means that adult dogs would just quietly settle in your home.
It’s less expensive to get a shelter dog than a purebred puppy
If one of the things you consider is the expenses for getting a dog, then the more reason to consider adopting. Not to say that the dog you will be adopting will cost less to care for but, a shelter dog, may it be Aspins, mixed or purebred dogs will still give you the opportunity to show your ability to provide for them. Although, adoption fees are a requirement to adopt a dog from shelters. It is still much less expensive than buying a purebred puppy. Also, it depends on the shelter’s policies if the dog you adopt will already be vaccinated, dewormed, and spayed or neutered by the time you take them home with you, which actually saves quite a considerable amount of money.
You’ll feel good knowing you saved a life
One of the good reasons to adopt a dog from a shelter is not just because of the expenses you could save or the assurance of what kind of dog you will have, but adopting a dog would also mean that you are saving more than just one life. Since you are saving the life of the dog you adopted and the rescued stray dog which is next in line to find his/her forever home. Also, many anecdotes tell about how adopted shelter dogs are demonstrating more devotion to their new families, which in high hopes that you will experience too. So give yourself a chance to receive the same immeasurable love and loyalty from the shelter dog you saved.
One Final Request
Before you decide whether to get a puppy or adopt a dog from the shelter. Consider doing these tasks:
Task #1: Take at least a day or exactly 24 hours to consider adoption as an option.
Ask yourself the following questions that will help you decide:
- What will I gain by buying a puppy?
- What will I lose if I choose to adopt an adult shelter dog rather than buy a puppy?
- What will it cost to adopt a dog? To buy a puppy?
- What am I looking for in a dog? Is it just companionship? Is there a shelter dog that might fit that description?
- Does the dog have to have specific traits for work or for physical activity? Is there a shelter dog that might fit that description?
Task #2: Talk to someone who has adopted or rescued a dog (or other animals) and ask how it turned out for them.
Ask the following questions to help you give an insight:
- Why did I choose to adopt a dog?
- What do I like best about the adopted dog? What do I like least?
- Do I have any regrets about adopting your dog?
Task #3: Visit your local shelter’s website and browse through their gallery of dogs for adoption or you can just visit the actual shelter and interact with some of the animals there.
Here are the places you could visit in the Philippines:
- Philippine Animal Welfare Society
- CARA Welfare Philippines
- Help Save the Laguna Pit Bulls
- Philippine Animal Rescue Team
- Island Rescue Organization
There is nothing wrong with buying a puppy or adopting a dog from the shelter, but like all things, you should give enough time to consider all the factors before making a decision.
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