Adopting Rescue Dogs
People often ask us why we are so commited to working with rescue and fostering dogs in need. Some of the most wonderful dogs we've ever known have come into our lives through rescue. If more people realized what amazing animals are available through rescue organizations there would be far fewer unwanted and unadopted critters. People assume that shelter/rescue dogs are "problem animals" but that is simply not always the case. So here are a few reasons why we'd like you to consider adopting a "second hand" pet:
One obvious benefit of providing a good home to a dog in need is the rewarding knowledge that you are helping to save an animal's life. The generosity you show in opening your heart and home to a rescue is many times returned several times over by the loving and devoted nature of the canine family member. Rescue pets help improve our lives by providing companionship, loyalty and love. Other benefits of adopting a dog in need of a good home include:
- The cost of adopting a rescued pet is usually far less expensive compared to buying one from a breeder or pet store. Rescues have already been altered and vetted in most cases.
- Adopting a companion animal from a rescue means you are helping, and not contributing to, the pet overpopulation problem.
- Adopting a mature dog means that you do not have to go through the demanding constant attention stage of a new pups life.
- With a mature pet you have a good idea of the animal's temperament, size, coat etc.
- Mature pets are often house-trained (although some mistakes will likely occur until the animal is used to his/her new family, home and routine) and may even have some basic training.
- Providing the animals get along, an adopted pet can be good company for other pets.
- Rescued pets very often have wonderfully greatful temperaments and want to please their new family members.
Dispelling the Myths
1) Rescued Dogs Have Behavioral Problems
Many people believe that dogs are in rescue because they have behavioral problems. The sad truth is that most of these animals are where they are due to their previous guardians' ignorance and indifference. Often, people who have acquired pets from rescues are pleasantly surprised at the fine companions they have adopted. Animals with serious and obvious behavioral problems are not put up for adoption. Remember, many excellent animals waiting to be adopted will exhibit minor behavioral problems. Some are scared while others are excited. This should not be held against them as they are in a stressful environment.
2) Rescue Dogs Are Older & Not Trainable
While most of the dogs in rescue are mature animals, there are also puppies and kittens available for adoption. The saying "You cannot teach an old dog new tricks" is false. Rescue dogs respond well to good, effective and humane training techniques. When training your pet it is important to be consistent, patient and understanding.
There are few experiences in life more satisfying and rewarding as saving a companion animal's life and making him/her a valued member of the family. Pets being the wonderful creatures that they are enhance our lives tremendously and give us much more than we provide for them.
Please consider taking the time to educate others as to the importance of giving homeless pets in our community a good home.