5 reasons to Adopt a Dog from an Animal Shelter

If you are look­ing to add a pet to your fam­i­ly, an ani­mal shel­ter can be a great place to search for a new dog. Most of the dogs at such shel­ters are sur­ren­dered by lov­ing fam­i­lies who can’t access afford­able, pet-friend­ly hous­ing or vet­eri­nary care.

The 5 ben­e­fits of adopt­ing a dog from an ani­mal shelter:

1. You are sav­ing more lives 

When you adopt a dog from a shel­ter, you are just not giv­ing a great home to a dog who needs one, but also free­ing up the facil­i­ty and its peo­ple to care for more ani­mals that need help. Also, dogs not pur­chased from a pup­py mill means there’s less incen­tive for irre­spon­si­ble breeding. 

2. Most of the shel­ter dogs are already fixed

Adop­tion fees are even more bar­gain when you con­sid­er that most dogs and cats are spayed or neutered before they come home to you. This pro­ce­dure is vital to keep the pet pop­u­la­tion under control.

3. Shel­ter dogs have had their shots

Ani­mal shel­ters vac­ci­nate the dogs that come in so they are pro­tect­ed from dis­eases that can cir­cu­late around the facil­i­ty. A dog or cat adopt­ed from a shel­ter should be ready to min­gle with oth­er pets in the neigh­bour­hood right away. 

4. Many shel­ter dogs are already house-trained

Lots of dogs have been through the pot­ty-train­ing process, so they already know not to do their busi­ness in the house. There is no need for you to deal with the con­stant train­ing that comes with a young puppy. 

5. Cost Effective

Adop­tion fees at shel­ters are much less com­pared to buy­ing them from a rep­utable breed­er. Many orga­ni­za­tions charge high­er fees for pup­pies and pure­bred dogs that are in demand. 

About the New Brunswick SPCA

Found­ed in 1881, New Brunswick SPCA (NBSC­PA) is the only province-wide orga­ni­za­tion man­dat­ed to enforce ani­mal pro­tec­tion laws. A ded­i­cat­ed team of 15 Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Offi­cers is vest­ed with the author­i­ty under the SPCA Act of New Brunswick to inves­ti­gate and, if nec­es­sary, lay charges, seize ani­mals, or rec­om­mend court orders to per­sons sus­pect­ed of abuse and cru­el­ty to animals. 

The NBSP­CA is a reg­is­tered char­i­ty that exists to pro­vide province-wide lead­er­ship in the humane treat­ment of ani­mals. We enforce rel­e­vant leg­is­la­tion, ensure shel­ter for neglect­ed or abused domes­ti­cat­ed ani­mals and agri­cul­tur­al ani­mals, and pro­vide pub­lic edu­ca­tion and advo­ca­cy to empow­er New Brunswick­ers to help ani­mals live long and healthy lives. 

To learn more vis­it www​.nbsp​ca​.ca

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