If you are contemplating getting a puppy, please do consider adopting an adult dog from a local dog shelter. Dog shelters all across America are over-flowing with abandoned dogs which are well-deserving of a new house. The majority of these dogs are brought to the shelter for reasons far beyond their control. Changes in household situations, illness and moves are a few of the most frequent motives dog owners turn their dogs over to shelters as is the fact that lots of individuals just lose interest in their four-legged friends or want to care for them any longer. There are some excellent advantages of adopting a shelter dog. To begin with, you will save an extraordinary sum of money. It is easy to get a lovely, fully house trained and well-behaved adult dog from a shelter for a very modest amount of money. Time is running out for tens of thousands of puppies all over America.
Frequently the shelters will only require that you cover any vaccinations that the dog might need and for the expense of having the puppy micro-chipped for his security and your peace of mind. Secondly, puppies take a good deal of time and hard work. They need to be continuously monitored, house trained and taught to walk on a leash, just to list some of the responsibilities that raising a puppy entails. Raising a puppy often demands you to remain at home with the dog during the first couple of months of its life. If you do not have the time nor the desire to give your pet the best possible up-bringing, then maybe you should think about embracing a full grown dog that is already trained and that is accustomed to living with a family such as yours. Regrettably, most adult dogs that are living at dog shelter are just given a few weeks, until they are put to sleep. This is a result of the fact that the majority of shelters simply do not have the space nor the money to house over a few dozen mature dogs at one time.
Dog shelters get the majority of their funds from donations and the staff often consists of volunteers who contribute their time to look after the dogs and the facility. It is heartbreaking to know there are several deserving dogs sitting in shelters that just deserve another chance at life. The majority of these dogs are sweet, loving, great with kids and other pets, but they just fell victim to circumstances far beyond their control. Please take the opportunity to go to your closest dog shelter and have a look at the adult dogs that are up for adoption. Shelter employees make it their business to discover as much as possible about the puppies they are housing. They speak to the prior owners when possible to learn which sort of life the dog had before coming into the shelter and frequently evaluations are made by the staff regarding the way the puppy socializes, walks on a leash and responds to commands.