Here at TAILS each one of our lives has been enriched by adopting a pet who was in need of a loving home. If you haven’t be impacted by the love, faithfulness, and compassion a shelter animal will show you when you give him or her a second chance, we invite you to consider adopting your next pet. With October being Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month we wanted to share with you our five compelling reasons why you should open your hearts and homes to a shelter dog this month.
1. Lifesaving: Each year, millions of healthy, beautiful, kind dogs are killed at shelters because there are simply too many unwanted dogs and not enough loving homes. Often dogs wind up at the shelter through no fault of their own. By adopting a shelter dog, you’re doing your part to help the homeless pet epidemic.
2. Love: All dogs deserve loving, caring forever homes. By giving a shelter dog a second chance, a new lease on life, you are not only showing them what it means to be unconditionally loved, but you are receiving love 100 times in return. It is often said (and has been our experience) that when you devote your life to rescuing a homeless pet, the impact is like the ripples produced from skipping a stone on a still body of water. Your single act of kindness extends far beyond what you can see and ultimately comes back to you, multiplied.
3. Health: Studies have shown that people with pets live longer, healthier, happier lives. Dogs are great for reliving stress and are a great exercise partner when it comes to walking or running.
4. Companionship: Dogs are called “man’s best friend” for a reason. Their incredibly loyal nature, their uncanny ability to keep a secret, and their nonjudgemental demeanor make them a great confidant and friend. Even if you feel you have no one else you can talk to, your dog will always listen and be there to console you.
5. Cost Savings: Adopting a dog from a shelter is much less expensive than buying a dog from a breeder or a store (Adopt! Don’t Shop!). In addition, dogs from many shelters are already spayed or neutered and vaccinated, which makes the shelter’s fee a real bargain.