The first step is awareness. Some people just do not realize what a great dog they can find in a shelter or how they will be saving their lives (not to mention helping put the stores which profit from puppy mills out of business!).
My Hayley and Django were both adopted and they are the sweetest animals in the world! I am so lucky to have been able to find them.
The Humane Society of Louisiana put together an incredible article outlining all 10 reasons why you should rescue a dog instead of buying one.
Please read .... and then share!!
1. You'll Save A Life
A shelter pet is more than one in a million-she's one in 2.7 million. That's the number of adoptable dogs and cats who are still euthanized each year in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people adopt.
2. Because You'll Get A Great Animal
Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelter pets ended up there because of a human problem like a move or a divorce, not because the animal did anything wrong.
3. Because You'll Get A Great Bargain
When you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations and sometimes microchipping is usually included in the adoption price, which means you've scored a major deal-a fuzzy deal who will thank you with kisses or purrs for years to come.
4. Because Of The Bragging Rights
No one needs to see another selfie-unless it's a selfie of you with the adorable cat you just adopted, like the hero you are! Adopt a pet, post the pictures and let the love (likes) roll in.
5. Because It's One Way To Fight Puppy Mills
Animals from puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled as a result. The moms of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family.
Many of the pets from shelters and rescues are already housetrained, which means you're not only saving a pet's life, you may be saving your rug.
7. Because All Pets Are Good For Your Health, But An Adopted Pet Is Good For Your Self-Esteem
Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need.
8. Because You're Environmentally Responsible
You recycle your paper and plastic so it doesn't end up in landfills, and you know that recycled materials make all sorts of things. A "recycled" pet can make something even better: She can make you happy.
9. Because The Shelter Pet Project Will Make It Super-Easy
We like easy. Go to the Shelter Pet Project to find pets near you, of every size, color, temperament and breed. You want an orange cat who likes ear-scratches on alternate Tuesdays? You can probably find one.
10. Because You'll Change A Homeless Animal's Whole World
And get a new best friend in the bargain. Seriously, what could be better than that?
About The Humane Society of Louisiana
The Humane Society of Louisiana (www.HumaneLA.org) is a private 501(c)3 animal protection charity founded in New Orleans in 1988. They operate diverse animal care and protection programs, and promote compassion for all animals. They work to prevent animal abuse and neglect in all its forms. They receive no government funding, and rely on private donations for support.