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5 Reasons Why You Should “Adopt Don’t Shop”

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Have you heard the saying, “Adopt, don’t shop?”

There are many benefits to adopting a dog from a shelter instead of buying one from a breeder, even a reputable one.

Here are five reasons why you should adopt your next furry friend!

5 Reasons to “Adopt Don’t Shop”

1. It’s often more affordable

Adopting a dog from a shelter is usually much more affordable than buying one from a breeder. Adoption fees are typically lower, and many shelters will cover the cost of spay/neuter as well as vaccinations, so you won’t have to worry about added costs.

2. You can find dogs of all breeds and sizes

Shelters have a variety of breeds, sizes, and ages. You can adopt a young puppy or an adult dog from any breed you desire. This is unlike most breeders, which typically only offer certain breeds.

3. All shelter dogs are thoroughly checked and evaluated

Most dogs who are adopted from shelters have already been spayed or neutered. Many have also already received all of their shots. Additionally, shelter staff often behaviorally assess and test their dogs’ temperaments before making them available for adoption.

4. Many shelter dogs are already housebroken

One sad reality is that many shelter dogs have already experienced being pets at least once in their lives. Many of them have already been housebroken by previous owners, so it’s not a question of having to start from scratch.

5. You’ll save a life

By adopting instead of shopping, you’ll be helping to reduce the number of homeless animals in your community. Plus, according to the ASPCA, approximately 3-4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters every year. By adopting a dog from a shelter, you’re saving it from being put down.


See, there are many reasons why you should adopt your next furry friend from a shelter. From the lower cost and wide selection of breeds to already being housebroken, adopt don’t shop is the way to go! So, if you’re looking for a loyal companion, adopt don’t shop, and save a life today!

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