5 reasons you should adopt a rescue dog

National Rescue Dog Day takes place on the 20th May every year. This day allows us to bring focus to dogs who need a second chance, a loving family, and a forever home. In the UK alone, there are approximately 100,000 dogs and 150,000 cats seeking refuge and a chance for a better life in rescue centres. Many dogs find themselves in rescue centres through no fault of their own, but because their owners’ circumstances have changed. National Rescue Dog Day gives us a chance to raise awareness about the dogs that are in this situation, and hopefully help them to find their forever homes. Let’s explore 5 reasons why you should consider adopting a rescue dog –

You’d be saving a life

Adopting a dog is a rewarding experience, you would quite literally be saving a life. You’d be giving a dog a second chance at life; some may have been abused or abandoned and just want to be loved. By adopting a dog you’d be giving them a safe and loving forever home where they can learn to be a happy and healthy dog again.

Cost effective

Adopting a rescue dog is often a lot more affordable than purchasing a dog from a breeder. Also, the fee you pay for a rescue dog usually covers a full vet check, vaccinations, up to date worming and flea treatments and microchipping. However, it’s crucial to remember that the value of a dog extends far beyond its price tag. What truly matters is finding the perfect match between you and the dog, ensuring a harmonious bond, and fulfilling companionship for both parties.

You’d be helping to promote responsible pet ownership

By adopting a rescue dog, you would be supporting the ethical treatment of animals. Many dogs are forced to breed as much and as often as possible under harsh conditions in puppy farms. By choosing to adopt rather than shop, you would be reducing the demand for puppy mills and irresponsible breeding practices.

Rescue dogs are often already trained

Contrary to common misconceptions, most rescue dogs are not “problem” dogs. Most rescue dogs come with basic training and socialization skills. Many dogs in rescue centres are adolescent or adult dogs, so they’re likely to already know basic commands and be housetrained. Some may even have specialised training, such as service or therapy dogs!

Variety of breeds and personalities

Rescue centres often have a large and diverse range of dogs available for adoption, including purebreds, mixed breeds, puppies, and seniors. Each rescue dog has its own personality, quirks, and charms. Whether you’re looking for a high energy running partner, a laid-back couch companion, or anything in between, there’s a rescue dog that’s meant for you!

So, as we celebrate National Rescue Dog Day, let’s remember the thousands of dogs waiting to find their forever family. Whether it’s the joy of saving a life, the affordability, the promotion of responsible pet ownership, the ready-made training, or the diverse personalities awaiting your love, there are countless reasons to choose adoption. By considering adoption, you’re not just adding a pet to your family, you’re changing a life.

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