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If you are thinking of adding a dog to your family, please consider adopting a homeless person.
Many dogs of every color, breed, size and gender are waiting for loving homes in animal shelters or in foster families. The majority of these dogs have lived in a safe and caring home environment. However, many animals were inappropriately cared for, including cases of physical and mental abuse.
Some people hesitate to adopt a rescue dog because they believe that a homeless dog could have health, behavioral, or physical problems. Rescue dogs are not damaged. You are worthy and homeless because of people.
Health problems can arise in any dog, whether it has been adopted or bought from a breeder. A responsible rescue organization will always make you aware of a dog’s health problems. Unfortunately, there are a surprising number of stories about dogs bought by breeders who develop premature blindness, hearing loss, and even cancer at a young age.
Behavioral problems can occur in any dog. When a rescue dog has a behavior problem, the rescue organization usually works with qualified trainers to redirect and fix the problem. When buying a dog from a breeder, you are bringing home a puppy. As this puppy develops and matures, all behavior issues are your sole responsibility.
Pre-existing physical health problems with a rescue dog are usually treated by a veterinarian or a specialized medical team. A qualified, recognized adoptive family is ready and able to provide the dog with a full life. Physical problems can include blindness or deafness, mobility, or special dietary needs.
There are no guarantees in life and the same can be said of dogs. Every dog, bought or adopted, has unique personalities, temperaments, drives, physical needs, and needs.
If you are desperate to purchase a specific breed of dog from a breeder, please do your homework. Don’t limit your research to what the breeder posts on social media. Speak to local veterinarians, rescue organizations, and even the SPCA as these organizations are aware of any health or socialization issue that can be part of a breeder’s story.
Look for a breeder who really wants to protect their breed dogs as well as their puppies. Find a breeder who raises well socialized dogs and one who will leave the newborn pups with their mother for at least 10 to 12 weeks, preferably longer. There are many good breeders. Unfortunately, too many companies have put business profitably before the welfare of breeding dogs and their pups.
Please consider adopting a dog and give that dog a loving, safe home. Every time you look into their eyes you will be proud and confident of your decision because you saved a soul. Ask any pet owner where they got their dog and be prepared for an emotional story if they own a rescued dog. Adopting a dog will not only lift your spirits, but it will also change that dog’s life significantly.
Please be kind to animals.
Tracy Jessiman writes the weekly Recycled Love column and prides itself on being a “voice for those who have no choice”. She supports various animal rescues. Reach them at [email protected]