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Both Eyes Open: Why Dog Shelters Need Your Help

There are countless people who are on their toes to adopt a dog into their lives. Many of them find the dog of their dreams through a dog shelter. However, if the shelters’ current situation continues, people will no longer have that option open.

Animal shelters or dog shelters do need your help to survive. Here are some reasons why:

Bad Reputation

Shelters have endured quite a hit to their reputations because of a single organization: PETA. While this organization says that it pledges to protect animals and fight for their ethical treatment, there has been evidence to show the contrary.

Because of the things that this one organization has done, all the shelters have suffered. There are shelters out there that are fighting to make a difference and are run by good people. Shelters like those are in dire need of volunteers, workers, donations, and support. Donations can even be in kind such as donating your extra bully sticks to these poor dogs.

Shelters need your support in order to survive the reputation that they’ve been suffering because of someone else’s bad practices.

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Competition

Pets, sadly, are a commodity which earns people quite a significant profit. This is the reality of life. Whenever there is a source of money, there will be people that will want to exploit it in whatever method they are able to.

Shelters face real competition from pet stores that run puppy mills. These people know that the general demand will be fore puppies and this is something that not all shelters will have in abundance. Puppy mills try to target the populace that is generally poised to support dog shelters.

Lack of Funding

Shelters and Rescue Centers survive through the tireless and highly stressful work that their volunteers do. It takes a lot of money to keep a shelter running. The animals need food, water, a comfortable place to stay, medicine, and sufficient care.

When shelters do not have sufficient funding to care for animals, they have to shut down. The animals under their care have to be transferred to other facilities that are already burdened. This is what drives up the number of animals that are put down.

Shelters and Rescue Centers are important as they help keep the homeless animal population down and they provide a new start for dogs that were not given that chance early on in their lives. There are many of us that all swear up and down that our rescue Boxer was one of the best things that happened to us. We hope that today’s discussion helps reach out to shelters in their area and offer the help that they can provide.

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What’s in It for You: Three Benefits of Rescuing a Dog

Getting a dog is a pretty exciting time. Once you’ve decided to get one, you can be pretty overwhelmed with the choices. If you’re one of the people who have chosen to rescue a dog rather than shop for one, there are benefits waiting for you.

Yes, benefits! It’s more than just having a dog to play with or feeding a compulsion. There are a lot of things that you stand to gain if you rescue a dog. Here’s one of them:

Less Cost

Dogs which come from shelters or rescue centers are in generally better health than those that you buy from pet stores. Rescue dogs usually have their shots up to date because the people that run shelters and rescue centers are highly involved in making sure that the dogs are healthy.

Once they determine that a dog is viable for adoption or for a forever home, they get the works. We’ve all seen the videos of dogs that have been homeless or completely abandoned that are magically transformed with the help of the workers at a shelter.

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Easier Training Experience

While there are shelter and rescue dogs which come during the puppy stage, a lot of them are older dogs. Do not let the old adage of not being able to teach an old dog new tricks put you off. Studies have shown that rescue dogs are easier to train as they are quite invested in the act of pleasing their new family.

These dogs may have known the history of being abandoned or mistreated. While they might be shy at first, once you gain their trust, they will be more than willing to learn what you want. This means having to skip all of the growing pains of having to teach puppies to behave. Rescue dogs want to be loved and they’ll be more amenable for training because of it.

You Get Love and Loyalty Tenfold

We’ve mentioned that dogs that end up at a shelter or a rescue may come with a history of mishandling by their previous owners. Many of them may have grown up on the street by themselves. Dogs, by nature, are extremely caring creatures.

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If you are able to obtain the love and trust of a rescue dog, you will experience a different kind of love and loyalty from this animal than what most people get to experience with theirs.

There are a lot of different reasons why you should adopt a rescue dog—or one from a shelter. We hope that these benefits that we’ve pointed out help to offer a bit more perspective on what you stand to gain. Ultimately, we hope that you’ll consider the fact that you will be saving an animal that deserves a better life than the one it’s known so far. Rescue dogs are fantastic creatures; if you give them a chance.

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