“Best friends come in all breeds.” – Author Unknown
Adopt Don’t Shop!
Throughout the years I have worked with a number of humane societies. The roles I’ve filled have included a volunteer, a member of the board of directors, and a paid position as a fundraising coordinator. I love all animals, but am a true bleeding heart when it comes to those who are living in a shelter.
Many of the dogs you find at the shelter are mutts. When I use the term mutt I am referring to a dog who has an unknown line of ancestry. I prefer mixed-breed over mutt because it just sounds less derogatory in my mind.
The fact that I adopted two mixed-breed rescue dogs also inspires my passion on this topic. Whatever term you choose, here is my argument for adopting a mixed-breed dog from your local shelter!
You save dog’s life when you adopt a mutt.
All of us know shelters are full of mixed-breed dogs that need a home.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – ASPCA approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters in the United States every year. Each year, approximately 670,000 shelter dogs are euthanized. Some of these are due to health issues but the majority are due to overcrowded conditions in shelters. Many are only puppies when they are put down.
If you want a dog with a truly unique look adopt a mixed-breed.
Mixed-breed puppies from the same litter all have their own distinct look. Some might look at this as a negative–who knows what they will look like when fully grown? Who cares! They will provide you with unconditional love and tons of fun regardless of their looks.
You can usually tell by looking at a dog at least one of the breeds of his background. What is really great is that with genetic testing we can easily find out what breeds have gone into the making of our furry best friend.
Adopting shelter dog is less expensive than purchasing a dog from a breeder.
Adoption fees for shelter dogs are usually $100-$400, while buying a dog from a breeder can run into the thousands.
Your rescue dog will come spayed or neutered with full details on their current health status.
Puppies will have their starter vaccinations too. Rescue dogs don’t always have a health record due to many of them coming to the shelter as strays. However, they will have been thoroughly checked over by a vet.
Purebred dogs typically have more health concerns than a mixed-breed one.
I’ve always heard this to be true but did a little research to find out more. Research completed by the Institute of Canine Biology reports this is true for 10 genetic disorders. Cataracts, bloat, aortic stenosis and elbow dysplasia are several of the issues more common in purebreds. You can read more about the study here The Institute of Canine Biology
Rescue dogs are awesome! I know, I know–all dogs are wonderful regardless of their lineage. However, the statistics are overwhelming regarding the number of dogs that enter shelters each year, and downright depressing when you look at the numbers euthanized. Whenever possible–adopt don’t shop!
Have you adopted a rescue dog? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments below!
Peace and love, Sandra