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5 reasons to adopt a dog
« on: March 04, 2011, 07:27:56 PM »
Adopting a dog
Currently we are seeing a heart breaking number of dogs in kennels around the country. Animal Wardens have a number of these forgotten dogs, dogs that have moved from kennels to kennels through no fault of their own. We have vowed to help them and to provide an essential life saving rescue service for these forgotten dogs.
We will never know why these dogs are with us, some are much loved lost pets or their owners have sadly died; but many are the innocent victims of an uncaring and throwaway society. They are abandoned because they needed medical treatment, have been abused, are no longer the cute puppy purchased at Christmas, are victims of marriage break-downs etc etc. Sadly with so many strays being brought in every day, many of these lovely dogs lose their lives simply because there is no kennel space to hold them. Last year 7,743 dogs in the UK were destroyed in kennels, we cannot save all of them but we are trying to save those we can.

Here are five reasons to adopt your new best friend:

1. You'll save a life
Sadly too many people give up their pets and too few people adopt from shelters. The number of dogs waiting in rehoming centres could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying puppies. By adopting from an animal shelter or a breed rescue group, you'll help save the lives of two animals—the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up.

2. You'll get a healthy pet
Animal shelters are brimming with happy, healthy animals just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelters examine and give vaccinations to animals when they arrive, and many spay or neuter them before adoption. In addition to medical care, more and more shelters also screen animals for specific temperaments and behaviours to make sure each family finds the right pet for its lifestyle. It is a common misconception that animals end up in shelters because they've been abused or done something "wrong". In fact, most animals are given to shelters because of "people reasons," not because of anything they've done. Things like a divorce, a move, lack of time or financial constraints are among the most common reasons why pets lose their homes.

3. You'll save money
Adopting a pet from an animal shelter is much less expensive than buying a puppy from any source. In addition, animals from many shelters are already spayed or neutered and vaccinated, which makes the shelter's fee a real bargain.

4. You'll feel better
Pets have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups. Find your new best friend today! Search for adoptable pets on websites Pets can help your physical health as well—just spending time with an animal can help lower a person's blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and dog walking, pet grooming, and even petting provide increased physical activity that can help strengthen the heart, improve blood circulation, and slow the loss of bone tissue. Put simply, pets aren't just good friends, they're also good medicine and can improve a person's well-being in many ways.

5. You won't be supporting profiteering
Puppy farms are "factory style" dog-breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Most dogs raised in puppy farms are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and the parents of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they're no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold. Puppy farm puppies are sold to unsuspecting consumers in pet stores, over the internet and through newspaper classified advertisements to whoever is willing to pay for them.Marketed as coming from great breeders, well-rehearsed sales tactics keep money flowing to the puppy mill by ensuring that buyers never get to see where the pups actually come from (a vital step in puppy buying). Many of the puppies have serious behavioural and health problems that might not be apparent for months, including medical problems that can cost thousands of pounds to treat, if they are treatable at all.

By adopting instead of buying a pet, you can be certain you aren't supporting cruel puppy farms with your money. Pumppy farms will continue to operate until people stop purchasing their dogs. Instead of buying a dog, visit your local rescue shelter where you will likely to find dozens of healthy, well-socialised puppies and adult dogs—including purebreds—just waiting for that special home—yours.

Unfortunately, a lot of people are not even aware that puppy farms exist, so when they buy a pet from a pet store, online or other retail outlet, they are unwittingly supporting this cruel industry.
He is your friend,your partner, your defender,Your Dog! You are his life,his love,his leader! He will be yours,faithful and true to the last beat of his heart! You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion!

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Re: 5 reasons to adopt a dog
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014, 08:52:38 PM »
 Very sad but true:
 Statistics from Save the strays website.....Did you know that over 126,000 dogs are being picked up by Local Authorities across the UK each year? Over 30,000 homeless dogs are sent to 'rescue' every year to be rehomed, and over 7,000 of them are euthanized by Local Authorities for want of a home.

And these are just the dogs on record - many more thousands (we estimate in the tens of thousands) of dogs are being put to sleep every year simply due to lack of homes.

We need your help to change this.

(the following was from other sources).

 When you adopt a rescue dog from a reputable rescue, you are actually benefiting the lives of two dogs. Of course, the biggest impact will be on the dog you adopt and bring into your home. The second dog is the one that can take its place in the rescue.
 Why adopt a rescue Dog?
…..You’ll save a life. Actually, you’ll save TWO lives, because the rescue can take in another homeless dog! The number of animals put to sleep could be reduced DRAMATICALLY if more people adopted pets.
…..You’ll get a healthy animal. Reputable rescues provides the best medical care available to its rescue animals. They do not hide health issues from adopters. If there is a health issue, they will get it checked out and tell you exactly what is happening.
….You’ll save money... Adoption fees for a Rescue dog is much less expensive than buying a dog from a breeder. Rescue dogs from reputable rescues are neutered (if too young a neutering contract is in place), all vacs, worming, flea treatments are done before homing, reputable rescues offer back up for the dog and request that if you are unable to keep him/her you are to return them to the rescue. Backyard breeders dogs are not healthy or cared for properly some being kept in terrible conditions, so you can expect to spend more at the vet.
…..Please don’t support puppy farms and pet stores. Puppy farms are large scale, commercial breeding sites that value monetary profit over the welfare of the animals. Animals are kept in unsanitary conditions, left exposed to harsh weather, and adult dogs are bred non-stop. When animals are no longer useful”, they are killed. Puppies are NOT given any medical care before being shipped off to stores and many puppy mill puppies have health problems later in life. Puppy farms supply pet stores. When you buy a puppy from a pet store, you are supporting animal cruelty and neglect.
……Rescue dogs deserve a second chance. Most rescue dogs are completely healthy and well-behaved. They have just fallen on hard times in life. Give them the second chance that they deserve.
……Rescues have all kinds of dogs – puppies, adults, seniors, mixed breeds, purebreds….. you name it, they’ve got it!
…...Most rescues make extremely loving and affectionate pets and are very loyal friends. They seem to know that you have given them their life back, and they will spend every day of the rest of their lives making it up to you.
…..Adopting a rescue animal sets a good example for your children. It’s a wonderful opportunity to teach the values of responsibility, compassion, and selflessness.

Mixed Breeds
 There are lots of mixed breeds in rescue, mixed breeds naturally have greater genetic diversity and tend to have fewer health and behavior problems. For those of you that still want a purebred, the other 25% of the dogs in rescue are waiting for you.


Rescue dogs are sick: ......FALSE.
 Although a few rescue dogs have longer-term health problems, most of them are healthy. Additionally, reputable rescues give them their vaccinations, checked for and treated parasites, treated for fleas, and provided any and all medication they might possibly need.

Rescue dogs are mean: .....FALSE.
 Reputable rescues work with these animals tirelessly to rehabilitate them in WHATEVER way they need it: physically, emotionally, and socially. The result is that their dogs are friendly with people, with children, and with other dogs. IF they have a dog that doesn't do well with children or other dogs, they will tell you!

Only old dogs are at rescues ......FALSE.
 Rescues have LOTS of younger dogs. They often have puppies under 6 months of age and young adults between 6 months of age and 3 years.

Rescues only have mixed breeds ..... FALSE.
 Rescue often have purebred dogs. If you desire a purebred, be sure to read up on the breed and their needs!

Animals from abusive homes will never be able to live in a family again ... FALSE.
 Although animals from abusive homes may be shy at first, they can and do recover and live happily as part of a family. In fact, many of them are even more loving and loyal than animals from non-abusive homes, because they are so grateful to be rescued.

All rescue dogs have behavioral problems ..... FALSE.
 Some rescue dogs are very well behaved when they arrive. They are found abandoned or they are relinquished because their owners moved or just decided they didn’t want the animal anymore. If a rescue dog does have minor behavioural issues, reputable rescues work to remedy to the problem before adopting the dog to a family.

You never know what you are getting at a rescue ..... FALSE.
 Reputable rescues carefully evaluate each dog’s mental, social, and physical health before allowing them to be adopted. Dogs with health problems are treated and you will be told about these treatments!

 Hopefully this has helped to answer any un-answered questions you may have had about adopting a rescue dog.
He is your friend,your partner, your defender,Your Dog! You are his life,his love,his leader! He will be yours,faithful and true to the last beat of his heart! You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion!