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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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Talking Basics: What Does It Mean to Rescue a Dog?

The term ‘rescue a dog’ is something that you might have probably heard but what does it really mean? This is what we aim to explore with today’s discussion. We hope that you’ll find it to be enlightening.

What is a “Rescue Dog”?

A rescue dog is usually defined as a dog that is taken in by a shelter or by authorities when the original owner of the dog is unable to care for the animal. We see this quite often in cases where there are dogfights. Authorities raid such places and take in the animals to get suitable care.

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In those cases, the dogs are usually taken to a local shelter that’s nearby or is taken to a vet before they are transferred over to a shelter or a rescue center. It is important that dogs which have been subjected to human cruelty get professional help as they will be under a significant amount of stress.

Differences between Shelter and Rescue


Shelters are often run by local governments. They generally take in homeless animals which have been seen walking around the area. Shelters are often mistaken for pounds. In fact, in other places, they are often interchangeable.

In places like the US and Canada, shelters are usually run by for-profit organizations that keep vets on hand to help with any sudden influx of animals.

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A rescue is a lot like a shelter except that they are primarily run by volunteers. They generally take a more personal approach towards housing and caring for animals. There are certain shelters that are usually private homes.

In a way, they’re a lot like foster homes. The people who care for the animals tend to be the ones to either provide any medical care or take them to a vet.

If you’re planning on adopting a dog, both a shelter and a rescue center are viable options. The truth is, it might be a bit harder to get a dog from a rescue as the caregivers tend to really observe and judge those who aim to get a dog. However, the dogs are generally better adjusted as they get emotional needs met, too. It’s up to you to determine which avenue you’ll want to pursue.

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