Six Reasons to Adopt a Rescue Dog

My name is Masa the St Bernard, also known as Sasquatch. I was adopted from Animal Care Centers of NYC in 2014, and I now work as the official puppy nanny at Dog City. My job is to comfort young pups with my gigantic presence.

If you’re thinking about a new addition to your family, here’s something to think about. Don’t shop. ADOPT. Here’s why:

  1. Over 8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and close to 3 million dogs and cats are killed annually due to overpopulation, abandonment, abuse and irresponsible breeding practices. Shelter and rescue pets are spayed and neutered to prevent this vicious cycle. Be a part of the solution to this problem by adopting from a shelter or rescue.
  2. Only 1 out of 10 dogs born find permanent, forever homes, and only 10% of dogs that enter the shelter system are spayed and neutered.
  3. Shelter and rescue animals deserve a second chance. They were lost, abandoned, or given up, and millions of loving, intelligent, and generous-hearted dogs can be a perfect match to your home. By adopting a shelter dog, not only are you giving them a new life– you made room for more dogs that are in search for homes. You’re not getting a better dog because you went to the breeder or a pet shop. Rescue dogs are brilliant.
  4. When you buy a pet, you not only denied a homeless pet a home. You are supporting an industry that thrives on short changing the welfare of animals solely for the purpose of revenue. By adopting, you are not supporting cruel practices such as pet shops, puppy mills and backyard breeding.
  5. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick and mortar animal shelters and 10,000 rescue groups and sanctuaries in North America. This means there are millions of amazing dogs to choose from! Start here and visit the shelter at Animal Haven.
  6. Dogs of all ages are available at shelters and rescue groups. Why adopt a puppy with your busy lifestyle when you can adopt a dog that’s already potty trained? Puppies are adorable, but adult dogs have much to offer. They are often calm, house trained, and requires less exercise and attention than the youthful counterparts. Adult dogs rock, because they are grateful and wise!

Related Residents who adopt from Animal Haven will receive a welcome home behavioral counseling by Dog City to help the adoptee adjust to their new home, with a complimentary annual membership and two free months of Pee and Play or walking services.

If you’re interested in learning more about me, here’s my story and a short video that chronicles my passage and my reaction to the change of seasons. I see joy in everything, and through my gratitude and optimism, I’m giving back. Bring a dog home from the shelter. You’ll be amazed at what we will show you.

Dog Is Love
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