Do you like to allow your dog to lick your body and face? While some pet owners find the idea of being licked repugnant, others find licking a loving gesture that helps them bond even more with their pet. However, if you like to allow your pet to lick you, you may want to think again. While it may seem playful, fun, and affectionate, it's possible that your dog's lick may give you more th...
You have made the decision to add a new dog to your family. It is such an exciting time! One of the things to think about once this decision has been made is where you will get your new dog from. Even though there are many reputable breeders in this country, you should definitely consider adopting a dog from a local rescue or shelter group. There are many myths associated with shelter dogs that make it difficult for local rescue groups to do their job, which is saving lives and finding good homes for dogs and cats for adoption.
It is safe to say that millions of dogs are euthanized each year in this country. What many people don’t know is that many of these dogs were perfectly adoptable. Not only were they adoptable, they would have made wonderful pets! Many people assume that if a dog is in a shelter it must be “mean” or aggressive in some way. This is simply not true of all shelter dogs. Many of these dogs end up euthanized because shelters are flooded with animals and there simply isn’t enough space or a home for all of them. In other words, they are slaughtered through no fault of their own.
There are many reasons why people turn over their pets to local shelters or rescue agencies. Most deliveries are not due to an animal being aggressive or mean. The following are some of the most common reasons people make the decision to surrender their dogs: they move and cannot take the dog with them; divorce or separation; To have a baby; there is no time to take care of the dog. And then you have dogs in shelters that are there because they have been picked up as strays. Many times these dogs have been in a home situation before but have ended up on the streets due to irresponsible owners.
If you decide to go to your local shelter, you are sure to see many adorable and adoptable dogs in desperate need of a forever home. Use the staff at these shelters or rescue organizations to learn more about the dogs there. Many of the animals come with at least a little history. Additionally, many rescue organizations assess the temperament and personality of dogs before adopting them. Find out if the dogs have worked with a trainer, and if so, ask what was discovered. You may be able to find out more than you think.
By adopting a shelter dog, you will not only add a wonderful member to your family, but you will also save a life and do your part to help prevent pet overcrowding. Most of these dogs get a bad rap through no fault of their own. Of course, there are exceptions, and each shelter or rescue group should be investigated to make sure they are reputable. Adopting a dog is a decision that should not be taken lightly. But if you do your homework and work with a knowledgeable and helpful rescue group, you’ll end up being a lovely addition to your family.