Three years ago today it was a Saturday and I was out shopping with my mom and sisters. We had passed a pet store that had signs everywhere promoting adoptions for pups from our local Humane Society/ASPCA that were taking place on site. “Let’s just go look. It’s not like we’re going to get one.” Famous last words.
In honor of my 3 year anniversary as a dog mom to Sheba, here are 7 reasons to adopt a shelter dog.
1 // Second chances/Saving a life. Chances are, the “past life” of your pup, pre-shelter days wasn’t the best. By adopting, you’re giving them a second chance at having a good life – and actually getting to live their life. These rescue pups don’t forget that either!
2 // Guard dog. To go along with point #1, you’ll have a built in guard dog/alarm system, always looking out for you. Your pup will always have your back.
3 // Unconditional love. Every time I walk through the front door, Sheba does a happy dance. No one will ever be more excited to see/be around you than your pup, whether it’s been five hours or five minutes. Plus, no matter how ridiculous you are (e.g. singing in the shower, dancing while cleaning), they still love you 110%!
4 // Keep you healthy. Walking a dog at least 2x (morning and night) a day keeps you active, and decreases your risk of a number of diseases. Plus, dogs can sense when humans are going to have a seizure, hypoglycemic episodes, and other medical issues.
5 // Money saver. Adopting from a shelter can be hundreds and even thousands of dollars cheaper than buying from a breeder or pet store. Plus, shelters ensure that vaccinations are up to date and your pup is microchipped!
6 // Responsibility. Unless you have a human child, chances are this is the first living, breathing thing (besides plants) that you have depending on you, and that you’re looking out for besides yourself. It ups your responsibility credibility a ton, and really helps you grow.
7 // Best friend for life. Dogs truly are (wo)man’s best friend. So happy to have this sweet pup by my side! But really, who rescued who?
Have you adopted a rescue dog? What’s your favorite part about being a dog parent?