According to the ASPCA, about 3.3 MILLION dogs enter animal shelters every year in the United States. Of those, every year, approximately 670,000 are euthanized, and about 1.6 million are lucky enough to become a part of loving families. That’s why in October we celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. To bring awareness to these amazing animals who are homeless through absolutely no fault of their own.
Common reasons animals end up in shelters include moving or loss of a job or home, divorce, or unplanned litters due to pets not being spayed or neutered. Unfortunately, despite the availability of so many dogs in need of forever homes, breeders are still the most common source for companion dogs. Here are some reasons why you should bring a rescue dog into your home:
- Adopting from a rescue organization ensures you are not supporting the cruel and inhumane puppy mill industry.
- The majority of shelter dogs already are loving companions (sometimes even trained) who just haven’t found the right fit yet. They’re waiting for you!
- When you adopt from a rescue, animals come spayed or neutered and vaccinated, and often microchipped. These services add up to hundreds of dollars.
- You don’t have to shop a breeder if you’re interested in a purebred dog. The ASPCA estimates that 25 percent of shelter dogs are purebred. Not to mention the dozens of rescues dedicated to specific breeds. If your family has a particular breed they are drawn to, it’s easier than ever to save a life while keeping with your personal preferences.
- Possibly the most important reason of all to adopt is that every time you look into your pet’s eyes, you know—and they know—that you saved their life. There are few things in life more satisfying than the undying love and gratitude of a shelter pet.
We celebrate our dogs every single day here at ORHS, not just in the month of October. Adopting an animal doesn’t just save their life—it can very well save your own. We invite you to adopt, not shop, when considering adding a new member to your family. Click here or stop by the center to see the wonderful dogs and cats who are just waiting to meet you!