Why rescue dogs rock

Looking to add a furry member to your family? Here’s what makes rescue dogs the smartest pet choice for families.

When choosing a new pet, there's so many factors to consider - it’s easy to get bamboozled. We’re told to get a dog that fits with our lifestyle, a breed that gets on well with our kids, a dog that doesn’t drop too much hair and one that is suitable for the home we live in.

For these reasons alone many people, while wanting to rescue a shelter dog, end up purchasing a puppy that they believe is a smarter choice…a better fit for their lifestyle.

But what if I was to tell you, getting a rescue dog can sometimes be a smarter and easier choice for families? 

Here’s some reasons why:

1. Rescue dogs could be healthier

Forget any preconceived notions you have – rescue dogs are often thought to be healthier than their purebred counterparts. Why? 
Rescue dogs frequently come from a mixed gene pool, and there’s some thought that they may be less likely to get breed-specific problems such as hip dysplasia, breathing difficulties, eyesight issues and more. While these claims are yet to be substantiated, any chance of reducing issues that are painful for the dog and lower the cost of vet bills for you is worth considering.

2. They’re your perfect match

In the old days, rescuing a dog often meant turning up at the local pound and taking home the first pooch you fell in love with. These days, there’s a lot more work behind the scenes in finding a shelter dog a 'forever home'. 

Animal shelters and rescue groups now work with prospective owners to find the ideal match for both the dog and the family. You simply provide the details of your family, lifestyle and home – and a rescue group can try and find the perfect dog for you. Breed specific rescues can even provide a certain breed if that takes your fancy. 

Rescue groups spend time getting to know the personality of each of the dogs in their care. They know if a dog gets on well with small children, if they need two walks a day or if they prefer a quiet household with no other pets. 

In short – their work helps you better know what you’re getting when you take your new pup home. 

Dog and owner sharing a kiss

3. They come with added benefits
 
By the time they’re available for adoption, most shelter dogs have been de-sexed, micro-chipped and health checked. The average adoption fee of around $200-800* includes all of this. In comparison, a purebred can cost you thousands before they’ve even seen a vet.
 
In addition to the financial savings, nearly all rescues are put through basic manners and toilet training prior to going to their forever homes.
 
This means you often get to dive straight into the FUN of having a dog – walks, games, cuddles and more – while completely bypassing the loooong months of chewed shoes, suspicious carpet stains, and midnight wake up calls to pee (yes, it happens).
 
Rescue dogs can fit straight into your family. People forget that a lot of shelter dogs were once regular family pets and due to no fault of their own they turn up in shelters when their owners have passed away, or surrendered them due to changes in their situation. 
 
These dogs know what it’s like to be a family dog; they just need a new family.
 
4. They’re a living life lesson
 
The old saying goes “When you adopt a rescue dog, you’re saving two lives – the life of the dog you adopt and the space that opens up for another dog in the shelter.” Truer words have never been spoken.
 
When looking to add a pet to your family, getting a rescue dog can help teach your children kindness and commitment - it shows them that no matter what; we all deserve a second chance in life.
 
5. It’s a love like no other
 
Ask any rescue dog owner and they will tell you – rescue dogs can be the most loving, devoted and loyal companion a person could ever ask for.
 
Whether it’s knowing they’ve been given a second chance, or whether they’ve just been waiting to have someone to love, a rescue dog will love you unconditionally and forever.
 
They’re just waiting for you to bring them home.
 
* Source: PetRescue 

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