7 Reasons to Adopt A Shelter Dog

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?

  • dailysouthernsunshine

    AWES! Your dog is ADORABLE! I wish I could adopt one, but I travel too much and am too busy for a puppy right now!

  • You and your dog are so cute! I would love to get one some day, when my daughter is just a little older

  • Aw we've always gotten pets from the shelter for most of these exact reasons! So many animal friends that just need someone to love

  • Cute! Both our pups are adopted and they are the best! (one is a little nuts but that just adds to his personality!) :)

  • Katie @ A Full Plate

    So much yes! My boyfriend and I adopted our dog, Maddie, from a rescue group a few years ago. One of the best decisions we've ever made. We always wanted a dog and once we decided on a breed (Australian shepard) we looked into local rescue groups. People don't normally realize that if you want a specific breed of dog you don't have to go to a breeder…there is a rescue group for almost all breeds! Luckily, Maddie didn't have too much of a hard life before us (have definitely heard worse stories), but I love the fact that we are able to give her the best life. She is definitely spoiled! Sheba is adorable and I'm glad you are able to give him the life he deserves!

  • This is such a beautiful post. My previous dog, I got from a breeder. When my guy and I started talking about adding furry additions to our family, he was a big shelter proponent. Now, I couldn't agree more. Love this.

  • Thank you! Having a pup is a huge a lifestyle change, but SO worth it once you're able to make it work!

  • Thanks! I hope you'll consider going the shelter route once you're ready to add a dog to your fam – they're the best :)

  • Thanks for your support! So happy to hear you've converted to the shelter club :)

  • Definitely!

  • Candy Kage

    My son has adopted two and they are really special. All of us volunteer at animal shelter around us wherever we have lived.

    • That’s so wonderful! I’d really love to get more involved with my local shelter.

  • Emily Bendler

    Dog really are full of unconditional love!! Sheba is beautiful!!

    • Thanks, Emily! I think they are too, they’re the best!

  • Molly Gibson Kirby

    I completely agree with this! I adopted my cat from a shelter and it was the best thing ever. He shows me so much love and I can tell he knows I saved him. <3


    • So glad to hear that, Molly! I feel the same way about adoption my pup :)

  • Yes to all of these! Both of my dogs I found as strays (so that doesn’t exactly count as a shelter dog). I am a huge supporter of shelters and I wish I could adopt every dog I see. I always say if I win the lottery I am buying a huge plot of land and having a ton of dogs. Dogs truly are the best ever. They always make me feel better after I have a bad day and who doesn’t love coming home to a happy dance and puppy kisses.

    • I’d love to do that too, Mistle! It’s incredible how much dogs can lift your spirits just by being next to you, and that happy dance is my favorite thing EVER! So great that you were able to rescue (strays still count) your dogs!

  • I completely agree! All of the animals I’ve ever had growing up were all rescued. Sheba is so cute!

    • Thanks, Ryan! I’m a huge supporter of rescuing animals. I hope more people will do it over going to a breeder. The shelter pups need love too!