5 Things to Know About Rescue Dogs

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5 Things to Know About Rescue Dogs

Dogs are man’s best friend, but a lot of pups are still looking for a home. If you are thinking about adopting a four-footed companion, here are five things to know about rescue dogs.

 

There are a lot dogs in animal shelters

Each and every year, approximately 3.3 million dogs are taken in by animal shelters. The annual shelter adoption rate for dogs is about 1.6 million per year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. That means at any given time there are millions of dogs across the country waiting for their forever home. Shelter overcrowding is major issue. Many shelters are charitable organizations that run on donations and volunteer hours. They can only take care of so many animals. Each year, approximately 670,000 dogs are euthanized in shelters, according to the ASPCA. If you’re curious about the dogs looking for a home in Chicago, check out shelters like PAWS and Chicago Canine Rescue.

 

Dogs end up in animal shelters for all kinds of reasons

Shelter dogs are aggressive or untrainable. That is one of the most common shelter dog myths, but it is hardly true. Dogs end up in shelters for all sorts of reasons. Their owners might not have the time or financial resources to care for them. They might get lost. Many shelter dogs are housetrained and incredibly responsive to further training. Reputable shelters will not adopt out dogs with major behavioral issues without informing potential pet parents. Some rescue dogs may have a history of neglect or abuse. This generally means they will need extra attention, love, and patience in their new home. The people who work at a shelter will tell you as much as possible about the dog’s history, so you can prepare to make a safe, happy home for your new pet and companion.

 

Rescue dogs make amazing companions

Have you seen those before and after adoption pictures that pop up all over on social media? You can see what adoption does for those pups. Adopting a rescue dogs means you’re saving a life, and you are bringing home a companion that is going to love you unconditionally.

 

It does not cost a lot to bring home a rescue dog

Adoption fees vary depending on various factors including location and age of the dog, but most fees include spaying/neutering, vaccinations, and microchipping, according to Petfinder. This can be a few hundred dollars or less. Adoption is nearly always less expensive that buying a dog from a pet shop or breeder. Plus, the money you spend helps the shelter care for the animals still living there. When overcrowding becomes an issue, many shelters will waive the adoption fee in an effort to avoid euthanasia and find homes for dogs in need.

 

If you can’t adopt, you can still help

Having a dog is a joyful experience, but it is a serious commitment. If you aren’t ready to bring home a rescue dog, you can still help. Join the #sparkandbark mission at Sparky Steps. We work with local shelters to walk dogs and aim to spread the message about adopting rescue dogs.

 

Written by Carrie Pallardy

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