If the rest of the family have finally convinced you to get a dog, you’re probably feeling a little excited. Before you speak with a local breeder, you should really consider the option of a rescue dog. There are so many advantages to adopting a rescue dog and providing them with a forever home, and this is probably why an increasing number of people are choosing this route. Of course, it’s very tempting to get a cute-looking puppy from a breeder, but perhaps you can be persuaded to give a rescue dog a chance with the following advantages.
- The Feel-Good Factor
Re-homing an abandoned dog is a very rewarding thing to do. You’re giving them a second chance at a better life, helping eradicate puppy farms and irresponsible breeding.
- There’s a Wider Choice
When you go to a breeder, your choice is going to be very limited. There might only be a few puppies available, and they’re all likely to be the same breed. At a rescue centre, you’ll be able to pick from a wide range of different breeds and ages. Dogs in these centres come in all shapes and sizes, meaning you’re bound to be able to find one that suits you best. You’ll able to talk to the staff and find out all you need to know about a dog’s character, what they like and what they don’t like.
- You’re Changing a Life
Possibly the most crucial reason for rescuing a dog rather than buying from a breeder is that you’ll be changing a dog’s life for the better. Sadly, many dogs are left in rescue centres for many months, and may not ever find a forever home. By choosing one of these dogs, you will transform their life, giving them a happy, loved home.
- They Will be a Healthy Dog
Before a dog becomes available for rehoming, it will always be checked, neutered, and micro-chipped. The health check will also include vaccinations and treatments for worms and fleas, meaning a dog that comes from a rescue centre will be happy and healthy.
- Support, Training and Advice
Many rescue charities that help to re-home animals will also provide you with support, training and advice. Adopting a rescue dog is not always easy, and expert guidance may be needed during the transition period. Dog re-homing charities work hard to match dogs with their new owners, but they will always be there when you need some help. You might need help finding a doggy daycare centre or dog walker Primrose Hill, for example.
- A Friend for Life
A rescue dog that you re-home will repay your kindness many times over. You’ll have rebuilt their confidence, and in return, you receive loyalty, fun and lifelong friendship.
- Life Lessons for Your Kids
If you bring a rescue dog into your home, you’re showing your kids the importance of respecting and caring for animals. These are essential life lessons for children.
The above should be more than enough reasons to give rescue dogs a go. Pay a visit to your local animal shelter this weekend and think about adopting.