We often hear from pet owners that they are in the midst of getting a new dog. One of the main reasons Bark Busters came into existence, was our mission to rescue dogs from animal shelters. Too often animals are abandoned over behavioural issues that with the proper dog training could be easily resolved. Whether you are looking for a puppy or a more mature dog there are many good reasons to consider an animal rescue shelter:
1. You will be saving a life. Too many dogs and cats are euthanised each year in the Australia simply because too many people give up their pets and too few people adopt from animal shelters. The number of euthanised animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them.
2. Your pet will be healthy. Virtually all animal shelters examine pets upon arrival and give them their vaccinations, and many spay or neuter them before being adopted. Additionally, many rescue shelters screen animals for specific temperaments to make sure the family’s lifestyle is matched with the pet.
3. There will be a wide selection. Most animal shelters have a wide selection of dogs to choose from. Young or old, small or large, kid friendly or lap dogs for the elderly. Remember that a pet will be with you for 10 – 15 years, so you want to choose a breed that best fits with your lifestyle. Because animal shelters are non-profit agencies and have rescued and resuscitated these dogs, they are emotionally invested in finding the right match.
4. You’ll save money. For a nominal fee or donation to the animal shelter, you can have a dog that will be a trusted companion for life.
5. You’ll feel good about what you’ve done. Rescuing a dog from near death will make you feel even better about getting a pet. Studies have shown that pets benefit humans emotionally and mentally by offering unconditional love. They are incredibly happy when you come through the door and can fill a void if you are at all lonely.
6. Consider being a foster parent. Many shelters have a fostering programme for people who are considering being a pet owner. This way you can see if the day-to-day caretaking of a dog works for you. If everything works out, you can then adopt the dog.
7. Purebreds aren’t reserved for breeders. Many people think you have to go to a breeder to get a purebred. Not so; Many shelters and breed-specific shelter organisations have pure-bred dogs.
8. You help break the cycle of pet overpopulation. There are more dogs available than people willing to adopt them!
9. A pet purchased from a pet store is a complete unknown. With a shelter dog, the rescue group often want to make a good match and will help you through the familiarisation and provide the history if they know it.
10. You assist a not-for-profit organisation. Many shelters provide an invaluable service to the community, taking in dogs that are unwanted or discarded through no fault of their own.
The idea that animals in shelters are all ill-behaved misfits is totally wrong. Most dogs end up in shelters because of dog owners, not the pets themselves. That’s why it is so important you do your research and don’t make it a spur-of-the-moment decision.
Should your adopted dog have any behavioural issues, a Bark Busters Home Dog Training Behaviour Therapist & Trainer like me will be happy to help you address any behavioural issues you may be experiencing. There are dogs that are tougher than others to train, but dog aggression, lead pulling, housebreaking and more can all be overcome.