Adopt A Dog
There are too many dogs that need a home and currently live in shelters. Even if you are looking for a specific breed, there are rescue organizations that specialize in different breeds. Please check first with your local SPCA or county shelter before buying a new dog. Most adopted dogs are already house broken and are especially grateful to their new owner.
You may check out the following website for dog shelters in your area: http://www.petfinder.com
Reasons To Adopt
You'll save two lives: the pet you adopt and the pet the shelter can take in as a result of your adoption.
- You'll know what you're getting: Many shelters and rescues provide behavioral assessments on adoptable dogs and vet checks on all adoptable pets.
- Your perfect pet is waiting for you:
- 6-8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year in addition to countless other species.
- 25-30% of shelter dogs are purebred.
- You'll save money: "Free" pets are no bargain. Shelters and rescues usually cover initial veterinary costs, including:
- Spaying/neutering $150-300
- Distemper vaccination $20-30 x2
- Rabies vaccination $15-25
- Heartworm test $15-35
- Flea/tick treatment $50-200
- Microchip $50