Adopting a shelter dog has become more and more popular. Dogs deserve a second chance in life after being abandoned. And people are finally beginning to realize that shelter dogs are as loyal and affectionate as any other dogs. After all, they only want to be loved.
Why dogs are abandoned by their owner
About 4 million dogs are abandoned each year in the United States alone. In the United Kingdom, the number of abandoned dogs is estimated to 130,000 a year. But there are many reasons why dogs are abandoned by their owner. Here are the top 10 reasons:
- New baby in the house
- Too old
- Shed too much
- Unable to train the dog
- Dog is sick and can’t afford to go to the vet
- Moving to an apartment, that doesn’t allow pets
- Dog always alone in the home
- Taking care of the dog is too expensive
- Too many pets in the house
Things to consider before adopting a dog from a shelter
People often adopt a dog impulsively and don’t think of all the responsibilities that this entails. In reality, there are some situations that can’t be avoided. But usually, many circumstances can prevent a dog from ending up in a shelter.
Before adopting a dog, there are a few points that people need to check. Puppies are adorable, but some breeds, like the Pyrenean Mountain Dog or the Great Dane, become huge adult dogs. It’s important to think of the space you have in your home.
Also, are you going to have enough time to devote to him, to train him and to give him all the love and care he will need? Adopting a dog is a life commitment. Here is a list of 16 things to think about before adopting a dog.
Adopting a dog from a shelter: myths and facts
A common misconception about dogs who are brought to shelters is that there must be something wrong with them. People think that if they were abandoned, they must be broken and unadoptable.
Just like the list above shows you, there are many reasons why dogs are abandoned, and the main reason is that the abandoned dog isn’t fit for this specific family. But that doesn’t mean that he won’t be a perfect fit for another one. Each dog has a family waiting for him somewhere.
This video below will show you several myths and facts about adopting a shelter dog. One thing that really surprised me is that shelters have screening processes to determine if the dog that you like is the right one for you and your family. So check out the video to learn more:
A true story with a happy ending
Here is a video of a true story that will prove to you that rescue dogs are amazing and that they are definitely NOT broken!
This is the story of Jake, a blind Papillon mix who was abandoned by his owners because they didn’t want to pay the 20$ fee to retrieve him from the shelter. Although his story started badly, it had a very happy ending.
This little guy even became the inspiration behind a San Jose, California non-profit rescue organization called Jake’s Wish Dog Rescue. Watch below his heartwarming rescue story below:
Over to you
Personally, I know that when Myrka is gone, if I decide to adopt another dog, I’ll go to a shelter. I’m even considering bringing old dogs home from my local shelter because most of the time, they are the last ones to get adopted. Maybe I could give them a good life for the time they have left.
What do you think of adopting a dog from a shelter? Would you consider it? Please, let me know your thoughts about this! I’d like to know how many of you would consider adopting a shelter dog!
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