It’s National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month but at Camp Bow Wow, we support various shelters across the country all year long. We’re proud to admit that many of our own Camp staff are “foster failures” and we volunteer and raise money for local rescue groups all year long. We love helping rescue dogs find their fur-ever families and even happier when those families bring their new additions to Camp for socialization and training. When you add to your furry family, our family grows and we love it!
We love dogs from anywhere and everywhere but there are a few important reasons you should consider adoption and rescue before buying retail. Here are the top 5 reasons:
- To save a life-Every 11 seconds a dog or cat is euthanized across the United States, that’s over 2.7 million healthy pets a year that are needlessly denied life due to over population.
- Find the perfect match-Rescue groups and foster families pride themselves on knowing their dogs and helping them find the perfect family. They can answer questions about a dogs specific behaviors, preferences, etc. and help you find the perfect fit for your family.
- Save money-Even at a discount, puppy store (a.k.a. puppy mill) and home bred dogs will cost you hundreds more dollars than a rescue dog.
- Adopt a healthy, vaccinated pet-Rescue groups provide necessary medical attention to all incoming dogs, this means dogs are checked for horrible diseases like Parvo and Heatworm, receive core vaccines and most are spayed and neutered and micro-chipped prior to adoption. Heartworm treatment alone can be $1,000 or more and that’s just for basic treatment which doesn’t guarantee the dog will survive.
- Put your money to good use-Rescue groups work tirelessly for the welfare of pets 365 days a year, they run on tight funds and your adoption fee helps pay for the care they provide for pets like vaccinations, spaying and neutering, feeding, shelter and day-to-day care, etc. While in reality the adoption fee barely covers the cost of the care provided for the pet you adopted, non-profit groups are pros at stretching every cent to help as many animals as possible.
Regardless of what type of dog you’re looking for, always consider adoption first. Check out our blog and Facebook page all month long, where we’ll be featuring “Happy Tails” from families and the dogs who rescued them.