“Why on earth would anyone want to adopt a rescue dog?”

“After all, aren’t they like used cars? Who wants someone else’s problems? If the dog is so wonderful, why would anyone give him away? If he was a stray, why didn’t someone try to find him? I’d rather buy a puppy so I know what I’m getting , and besides, they’re so cute”

Rescue groups often hear a variation of this conversation. Many prospective dog owners are just not convinced that owning an older (i.e. 6 mo+) “pre-owned” dog is better than buying a puppy. But there are a number of reasons why adopting a pet from a rescue that carefully screens and evaluates its dogs can provide an even better alternative.

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Unfortunately, many folks think dogs that end up in Rescue are all genetically and behaviorally inferior. But it is not uncommon for Rescue to get originally high-priced dogs that have either outlived their perceived usefulness or their novelty with impulsive owners who considered their dog a possession rather than a friend or member of the family, or simply did not really consider the time, effort and expense needed to be a dog owner. Not all sellers will accept returns, so choices for giving up dogs can be limited to animal welfare organizations such as Rescues, or the owners trying to place their own dogs. Good Rescues will evaluate the dog before accepting it (medically, behaviorally, and for probability of being a pure bred), and rehabilitate if necessary. They adopt the animal out only when it is ready and to a home that matches the dog’s needs and is realistic about the commitment necessary to provide the dog with the best home possible.

Choosing a Rescue dog over a purchased pup will not solve the pet overpopulation problem – only responsible pet owners and breeders can do that – but it does give many animals a chance they otherwise would not have had. But, beyond doing a “good deed”, adopting a Rescue dog can be the best decision and addition to the family you ever made.

Rescue a dog and get a devoted friend for life!

Great Pyrenees Rescue of Northern California, Inc
P O Box 142
Potter Valley, CA 95469
See available Pyrs here

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