Dogs make great pets. Although they are great pets, bringing a dog into your home is an important decision. Many people tend to look for puppies of perfect pedigree when searching for their new dog. Of course, the purebred dogs are going to look great and be cute, but that's not what's most important in a dog. Many people skip the pound or the shelter when looking for their new dog, but there are actually many pros to buying a dog from a shelter.
The greatest advantage to adopting a dog from a shelter is the satisfaction of rescuing that dog. There are millions of dogs that are stuck in shelters because their owners could not take care of them or abused them. Most of the dogs that end up in a shelter did not have a great life before they were sent to the shelter, and everyone knows that shelter life, although it may be a step up from their previous life, is not exactly a day at the doggy spa. Not only will adopting a pet from the shelter make you feel great about yourself for doing such a great thing, but you will also give a dog a better life.
Although that majority of the dogs at a shelter are not puppies anymore, there are some that are. Many people think that all of the dogs in a pet shelter are aged, but this is false. If you are looking for a puppy, do not dismiss the shelter right away.
Some people do not want to have to deal with a puppy full of energy at all hours of the day. Adopting an older pet from the shelter allows the future owner to skip the stage of excitement. This is especially great for people who are very busy or people who are ill, or aged, and do not have the time or energy to handle a little puppy. An added bonus to older pets is that they are likely housebroken, which is another thing that the future owner won't have to deal with.
A great deal of the time, the people who rescue the pets from their owners do not have access to their full medical history. This is the same for the pets who are just found on the streets. Although the backgrounds of the pets aren't well known, upon arrival at most shelters, the dogs are given a full medical exam. If something is found to be wrong with the dog, they are given after care.
Of course, there are also negative aspects that can come along with adopting a pet from a shelter. A lot of pets that end up in a shelter have been abused, and that can be a tough thing to deal with, but if you are willing and able to do that, that is truly a great thing to do. Although the dogs may be given medical attention, there is a possibility that further problems could arise. It is very important to take everything into consideration when adopting a pet, but it is a great thing to do and it has many benefits.