• Kylie Conner

Adopt, Don't Shop: Furry Babies In Need of a Home


Who said you need a significant other to do fall festivities with? A dog might be a better companion choice. Just imagine taking your pup to a pumpkin patch or driving through Starbucks for your Pumpkin Spice Latte and getting a "pupacchino" for your new pal.


It's not all about the seasonal festivities, there are also many mental health benefits to owning a dog. They can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise, and even improve your cardiovascular health. Their unconditional love in your life is just an added bonus.


But, you'll probably find yourself questioning whether or not you want to adopt or shop around for a furry friend. The decision doesn't have to be complicated, and it really all comes down to your preference. We love the thought of saving dogs and allowing more room for shelters, and we're here to share why.


Here are some facts and reasons to consider when thinking about adopting a dog!


Why Adoption Is Better Than Buying


While some dogs are sold in pet stores, they often start off in puppy mills. Puppy mills are inhumane facilities focused on dog-breeding with little to no regard for the wellbeing and the health of the animals because they are more focused on profit. They are technically legal in the United States, but are not regulated. 


Most of the dogs that come from puppy mills are malnourished, have diseases, and are more likely to develop behavioral problems due to the lack of care and socialization. Puppy mills mostly use flea markets, internet sales, and pet stores to sell their dogs. There are 10,000 active puppy mills in the United States alone and over 2 million puppies are sold each year that originate from them. Adult aminals are discarded after the puppy mills have gotten as much use out of them as they can.


Adoption, on the other hand, helps to stop these facilities and shows your support in ending cruel practices. Many adoption centers take care of their animals with attention and are often ran alongside volunteers who have a lot of love to give. Overall, they have the animals best interest in mind.


You'll Have Plenty Of Choices


Adopting a pet can have a lot of advantages you probably haven’t thought about. Over 6.5 million dogs enter shelters every year. If you’re specifically looking for a purebred dog, about 30% of dogs in shelters are actually true purebreds.


Most shelters can help you find exactly what breed you’re looking for. They have many reputable and mixed breeds. The options vary even more as dogs usually come in different ages, genders, and sizes. If you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, ask the volunteers or workers at the shelter for some help. They're usually very kind and patient when finding the perfect fit.



You Can Get To Know The Dog Better 


Shelters truly care about how well a dog will fit with you and your family. They take the time to help match you with the perfect pet by learning about their personalities and getting to know yours better too. Dogs have different activity and energy levels around others. So it’s good to know exactly what kind of personality you’re looking for to ensure your and the dog’s happiness. For example, if you live in a tiny apartment, you probably don’t want to adopt a giant dog with a ton of energy.


Here are some things to consider:

  • Your living situation - Are you in a space that's fit for the type of dog you want?

  • Your career goals - Do you have enough time to take care of a dog and do what you want to do for a living?

  • Your emergency contacts - Do you know multiple people who will be able to watch your dog if an emergency arises?

  • Your finances - Are you making enough income to support a lifestyle with a dog?

  • Your personality - Is a chill dog who likes to sleep a lot more compatible than one that likes to go outside every other hour?



You Can Find A Dog That’s Already Trained 


Most adult rescue dogs have had previous owners. You can always adopt a puppy, but if you’re looking for a house-trained dog, they aren’t hard to find in a shelter. Many animals know basic tasks like sit, lay down, and stay when they arrive at a shelter. They might need some refreshing after you get home, but it's a great start!



You’re Saving A Life


When you adopt from a shelter, you give the dog a better life than he or she would have in a cage. You're giving a dog love, support, a family, and a home. You could even potentially be saving it from euthanization. In terms of a bigger picture, you're also freeing up a spot at the shelter to give to another animal in need.

You could also be saving yourself, or at least improving your current lifestyle. Having a dog gives you responsibility. It gives you a reason to get out of bed in the mornings and shows you unconditional love, regardless of what's going on in your life. Dogs do require some work, but they will always make you smile while doing it.



Here's a list of some local Dallas shelters to check out if you're interested in adoption:


Dallas Animal Services

SPCA of Dallas

Humane Society of Dallas

Balch Springs Animal Services

DFW Humane Society

Lake Dallas Animal Services


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