Reasons Why Shelter Dogs Are the Best

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When people think of the month of October, fall usually comes to mind. Cooler temperatures, leaves turning colors and let's not forget pumpkin spice everything. However, what many may not know is that October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month. Approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year, waiting and hoping for a loving family to give them a second chance. There is an unfortunate myth about shelter dogs that they have behavioral issues or have been rescued from abuse, but that’s just not true. Various outside factors come into play as to why these lovable four legged animals end up in a shelter, sometimes it’s simply that their owners are unable to care for them. If you are currently thinking of getting a dog for you or your family, why not look at shelters first. There are many reasons why a shelter dog is an excellent addition to just about any family. Below are our top reasons that make shelter dogs our first choice.

Most importantly, you save a life!
All animals in shelters are in need of a second chance. Many of them have been lost, given up or abandoned, and they’re all patiently waiting to be loved by you.

Prevent pet overpopulation
There are not enough homes for all the animals that are born every year. Adopting from a shelter helps weaken the pet overpopulation cycle. Each year 8 to 12 million dogs and cats are euthanized because there are simply not enough homes for them.

Help stop mass breeding facilities
Commercial and backyard pet breeders produce millions of animals for sale in pet stores each year. Often known as puppy and kitten mills, these facilities repeatedly impregnate female dogs that spend their entire lives in cages. Adopting a shelter dog means you don’t support these practices.

Adult dogs rock!
Adult dogs are often already house trained and some can even "sit" or "stay." No "puppy phase" to deal with. Shelter and rescue staff work hard to prepare dogs for the transition to a new home and family.

Dogs received great care
All dogs that come to a shelter are admitted by experienced staff. They are given vaccinations upon arrival and go through a behavior screening process. The staff gives exceptional care to all animals in these shelters.

Lastly, you pay less!
Adoption fees are much less than the cost of purebred puppies sold for profit.

If you decide to get a shelter dog (which we hope you do), be sure to purchase a WeatherTech Pet Feeding System for your four-legged friend's meal time. You won't be disappointed!

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