These days it seems like you can’t go a day without seeing a pup in-person or on screen. On any given day, you can find pups walking the streets of Cambridge, running on the beaches of Cape Cod, or teaching your children about the importance of safety on-screen in Paw Patrol. American’s are obsessed with dogs. They are our precious fur babies, popular culture icons, but, most importantly, they bring love and joy into our lives. According to statistics from 2018, there are around 89.7 million dogs in households in the United States. This is a staggering number, but that is just dogs that are reported as being part of a household. There are around 3.3 million dogs in animal shelters across the United States. Dogs reproduce in larger numbers than humans, and, many dogs live their lives on the streets until they are picked up and taken to an animal shelter. The United States love of dogs is a positive thing, but, it does lead to issues like pup overpopulation and high shelter populations. The number of dogs in shelters each year is going down, it was at about 3.9 million two years ago versus the current number of 3.3 million, but over 670,000 dogs are still euthanized in shelters each year. At Elliot’s House we understand the importance of rescuing and rescue groups. Our beloved mascot, Elliot, was rescued from a high-kill shelter in Los Angeles. Rescue groups do amazing work and it’s because of them that the number of dogs in shelters has gone down over the past couple of years. One of our partners, Paws New England, is filled with volunteers who work tirelessly to make sure every possible pup finds a home. They find pups in need and help them to find a good home. These groups do great work, but it is up to us as puppy lovers and pet parents to help make sure that rescue pups find a good home. In this post, we’ll discuss a couple of the major reasons to adopt a rescue pup. Every pup deserves a good home and we as a society can create a positive change that ensures that every pup has a warm bed and a full belly.
Reason 1: Saving a Life
As previously stated, hundreds of thousands of dogs are euthanized in shelters every year because of a lack of space and resources. When you choose to rescue a pup, you are literally saving a life. First and foremost by bringing a rescue pup into your family, but also by freeing up space in the shelter for another pup who may desperately need it.
Reason 2: Helps to Fight Puppy Mills and Unethical Breeders
There are many ethical and compassionate breeders out there, but it’s hard to always tell without doing extensive research. When you are adopting a pet from a rescue, you know that you’re saving a life and not supporting unethical business and breeding practices. Adoption also helps you to fight puppy mills specifically. Puppy mills are factory-style breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Pups are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled as a result. The moms of these 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. After they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are either killed, abandoned, or sold at auction. Rescuing a pup from a shelter helps to take away from the profits of these puppy mills and ensures you rescue a pup who really deserves it.
Reason 3: Lower Cost
Usually, when you adopt a pup, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations (and sometimes even microchipping) is included in the adoption price. This helps you save on the upfront costs of adding a new member to your family. Depending on the pups past, you may also save on housebreaking and training expenses.
Reason 4: It’s Relatively Easy
New technology makes it even easier to find shelters and pups near you. You can go to the Shelter Pet Project website to find pets near you of every size, color, temperament, and breed. Purebred and mixed breed animals alike are waiting for their forever homes!
These are just a few of the many great reasons to rescue a pup. When you rescue a pup you change one pups world, while at the same time saving the lives of pups in the future. Have you rescued a pup? Send us a picture and tell us your story on social media!