Should You Buy or Adopt a Dog?
Every year, in the United States alone, almost 400,000 dogs are euthanized due to pet overpopulation, according to the ASPCA. Clearly, adopting a pet from an animal shelter is a way to save the life of a pet. There are plenty of puppies and older pets looking for a home so why buy a dog?
Why Buy a Dog from a Breeder?
Despite the benefits of adopting a furry friend, many people continue to choose to buy a dog from a breeder because they want a particular look, size, or personality which has been honed and guaranteed due to years of precise breeding.
The following reasons are often given for buying a dog from a breeder:
- Meet the parents
- Know the breed’s characteristics such as size and fur type
- Breeder assistance
- Health guarantee from the breeder
If you do opt to buy a dog instead of adopting a canine companion, then be sure to purchase from a reputable breeder. Do not purchase from a puppy mill or pet shop which often sell sick animals. The puppy mill industry has become a lucrative business that is only focused on money and not the health of the puppies. The dogs are often kept in unsanitary conditions and are sold sick - some even die after purchase
Reasons to Adopt a Dog
Adopting a dog from an animal shelter or rescue is often a remarkably fulfilling experience. You can pick between a puppy or an adult dog that desperately needs a home.
Many people list the following reasons for why they adopt a dog:
- Adoptions are usually very affordable, and the pup is usually already spayed or neutered.
- You are saving a life if you adopt a dog from an animal shelter.
- Helping to reduce pet overpopulation.
- Not supporting puppy mills or unscrupulous breeders.
Many new pet owners hesitate to adopt a dog from a shelter because they fear that the animal might have emotional or mental issues from being abandoned. It’s true, many pets are traumatized after being relinquished to a shelter. The animals often have trust problems, and it can take time for them to warm up to their new owner and home. However, with patience, the dog can quickly become a fantastic companion.
Ways to Help Dogs in Need
If you do decide to buy a dog from a breeder, you can still help to support your local animal shelter by volunteering or making donations of food, toys, beds, or money. Many people also foster puppies from a shelter until they are old enough for adoption. With fostering you help ensure that the dogs find a loving home without making the complete commitment of adopting. Contact your local animal shelter to learn about various volunteer opportunities.
Whether you choose to adopt or buy a puppy, welcoming a furry friend into your home is always an exciting experience. Once your dog becomes a trusted and loved member of the family, it really doesn’t matter if the pet came from a breeder or an animal shelter.