Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Why a shelter dog and not a pet store dog?

March 27, 2014

What can we say? Shelter animals are simply, just special. There’s something so exceptional about them that owners will often say, “He rescued me just as much I rescued him." That’s our philosophy here at the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin. It’s very common for us to hear from owners who nearly chose to wait for a pure-bred dog to be born then changed their mind and adopted a shelter pet. They say they didn’t merely add a dog to the house, they welcomed home a family member.

As if that wasn’t enough to convince you, here are a few more reasons why adopting vs. breed shopping is the way to go.

  • Many dogs in a shelter belonged to someone before - people who couldn’t keep them due to allergies, or moving homes, or for some other reason and either gave them up, or stopped looking for them once loose. Because of this, many mixed breed shelter dogs come already potty- and housetrained. Several even know a trick or two. But all of them come with spirit!
  • Because they are not bred with a specific skill set in mind, such as herding or hunting, mixed breeds are thought to adjust easily to a variety of households and living conditions. They're the jacks of all trades – highly adaptable and trainable! Did you know, for instance, that most dogs with Assistance Dogs International are mixed-breed rescue dogs? How cool is that?!
  • While many pet owners cherish the puppy stage, there are others who just don’t have the time and patience to train a new puppy. With a dog from the shelter, you often have the choice of adopting a young or adult dog – bypassing that challenging puppy stage. (No chewed up shoes or furniture legs!) In these cases, the dog’s size and temperament will already be pretty set too, so there should be fewer surprises.
  • Shelter pets are often cheaper. The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin’s fees are minimal compared to most breeders or sadly, local stores. As an added bonus, all of our animals are spayed or neutered before trotting off to their warm beds in a new home.

In summary, you’re getting much better value and quality with the heart-filling advantage of doing the right thing: adopting saves lives. So you see, it’s not a matter of you rescuing an animal. It’s about a furry soul rescuing you with the unconditional love often unequalled by anything else, complete with many years of snuggles and licks. Was that an “awwwww” we just heard?

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