Charlie Bear here. (That’s my photo that Mom Peep fell in love with when she found me online at www.adoptapet.com.)I’m here to talk about a controversial subject. Adopt a dog or buy? Mom Peep didn’t want to do this post and here’s why:
1. She’s never had a pedigree anything, always a muttigree (like me!).
2. All of the dogs and cats she has had in her lifetime have been found abandoned or have come from shelters or rescues.
3. She likes to save lives.
But I told Mom that there are two sides to everything. So here’s what she’s allowing me to do: she said I can write about adoption versus buying and lay out the pros and cons to each as Dr. Jon from PetPlace so nicely did in his newsletter. Then you can see what YOU think, and offer us some comments when you are done reading.
Here’s what Dr. Jon of PetPlace has to say:
There are pros and cons to both adopting and buying. Which one is right for you depends on several factors. With some of the information in this newsletter you’ll be ready to find the best solution for your family.
First, let’s talk about adoption. I am a huge fan of rescue pets. Adopting a shelter dog can be a wonderful experience both for you and your dog. Shelter dogs are not “bad” dogs or the ones that no one wanted. Rather, most of them are loving and well-behaved animals who were simply given up by their owners for circumstances outside of their control. The biggest reason that many people cite for adopting is that it literally saves a life. Adopting a dog means that they do not have to be euthanized, or will not remain in a kennel if your local shelter is a no-kill facility.
You can certainly find puppies in rescue and at shelters but expect to see many more adults. That means that your future dog has had lots of experiences, and might have some bad memories or personality quirks that you will need to work through together. On the other hand, that might mean that they will come to you with some training as well.
The dog’s parents, and their history, are almost always unknown so you don’t have an idea of what they might be facing as they grow older. You will have less of an idea of any potential health problems, any behavioral issues, or even their size as your puppy matures.
Now, what about getting a dog from a breeder? The biggest issue is making sure that the breeder you visit is a responsible one. The needs of the dog should be the highest priority and your puppy should be happy, healthy, and come from a loving home. You will almost certainly pay much more for a responsibly bred puppy than for one from a shelter. The breeders might also require puppy classes, several trips to visit them and the dogs, and might ask you questions about your own preparedness for the new family member. Choosing a dog from a breeder also doesn’t have the benefit of directly saving a life or making room in the shelter for another dog, as adopting does.
When you decide to adopt or buy a puppy, take all these things into consideration. Remember that both adoption and buying a dog involve a lot of research and preparation. But it’s worth it – make the right decision and your dog is sure to become your good friend and companion for many years to come.
Until next time,
P.S. – Before your decision be sure to read up about how to properly care for your puppy once you bring him home. You can get educated at our guide to puppy adoption where you will find breed guides, a crash course in puppy care, and much more.
Charlie Bear here again. Check out the great articles. Educate yourself and then make a decision. And please, support the closure of puppy mills, where dogs are not treated well at all and disease runs rampant.
My vote, as you probably know, would be to ADOPT from a rescue or shelter. I wouldn’t be here today if a rescuer hadn’t found me, given me a chance in a foster home, and then helped me to find my forever home with my peeps. I am so thankful to Ryo and Sara for loving me.
Woofs & Wiggles to you all,