Rescuing Dogs VS. Adopting Dogs

Which is better? You decide...

Introduction: Pointing out the facts:

If you are thinking of adding a new furry member to your family, big or small, a dog at a shelter will be ready to provide love to any and every member of your accepting family. Sadly, the harsh truth is that most families go straight to the pet store rather than thinking of the lonely animals that have been placed in pet shelters, waiting for someone to come take them away. Wouldn’t it be better to rescue a dog? To know that you are saving a poor dogs life rather than adopting from a place that could have dogs that came from poor places. Some reasons to support my point would be that buying a dog would be way more expensive than rescuing, a purchased pet is a completely unknown pet and could have a horrible background, and lastly, and if you rescue a dog, you are saving an animal’s life.
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Evidence: Proving my points:

The first reason for why rescuing a dog is better than buying one is because it would cost much more money to buy from a pet store than to rescue from a shelter. If you are looking to buy a dog it could cost from about $500 to $1,000 or even more than that. The adoption price ranges from $50 dollars. This price range depends on whether the pet comes from a rescue group (that has spent money on boarding, vets, and grooming) or city city shelter. You could possibly be getting more for your money if you happen to get a mixed breed. Not only are you getting two dogs in one, but, a mixed breed dog has been proven in many statistics that mixed-breed dogs are more likely to live longer than purebred dogs. Another benefit from a mixed breed dog is that the vet bills are much lower. Although purebred dogs are just as great as mixed, they are more prone to heart problems and could get much sicker.
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Evidence: Proving (More of) My Points:

The next reason I have for why rescuing a dog would be better than buying one from a pet store is because the dog you had received could be very unknown. From personal experience, I had gotten a pet from a nearby pet store and the pet had been said to be male since the store was not legally allowed to keep or give away female animals. It had been a couple of weeks after first getting the pet, the supposed “male”, had a couple of babies which was not possible for this type of rodent. Most pet stores do not provide any sort of support if you have questions or problems with your new pet. For me, the staff and manager we talked to, was not able to answer any questions simply told us that we were not able to return to babies because they didn’t believe that we had gotten a girl pet because it was a store policy to not sell female animals. When you adopt from a rescue group, you know what you are getting because the group providing the animal has a history of he or she. The group that gave you the animal will help you get used to your pet and learn about it so that they are sure that they are providing a good home for the pet.

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Proving (The last of) My Points:

The last reason I have for why rescuing a dog from a shelter is better than buying from a pet store is because even though you might not realize it, when you rescue a dog, you are saving a life. When you purchase a pet from the pet store you are, not only, denying the life of a homeless pet, but, “-you are supporting an industry that thrives on short-changing the welfare of animal” As stated by Bestfriends.org. These puppy mills and kitten mills are in the business just to make a profit off of the animals. These are the same places that sell to pet stores, practically ruining the animals’ interpretation of what humans are like and how they/we treat animals. They churn out young pups and kittens as fast they possibly could just for the money. Like I said, the creates the start a lack of socialization skill due the humans that have mistreated them and also the genetic effects due to the inbreeding. You can get as much love from an sheltered animal compared to bought dogs from the store. “An adopted pet is every bit as loving pet is every bit as loving, intelligents and loyal as a purchased pet, even if you get an adult or animal.
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So as you can see, rescuing a dog has many benefits for you as well as the dog you are saving. You can save a lot of money, you know the pet's background, and you get to know that you are saving a poor innocent dog's life.
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Supporting the Other Side:

So, even though I am supporting the shelters, I thought I could point out some valid points from the opposing side. The first one being that you will never know the dogs story. This has a partial truth but it isn’t necessarily bad because the shelter won’t usually know the dogs story either unless they do some research and asking around or about where they came from. Like Cesar Way points out, “Dogs don’t like to dwell in the past so neither should we. The second reason for why a dog from a shelter might not be better than buying a dog from a pet store is because they could have a disease. Sometimes the shelters will provide the future owner with a voucher for a subsidized or no-cost first vet visit, and most of the more deadly diseases have vaccines you can get for your dog. This is another reason that might not matter that much to a lot of people but you aren’t able to get a purebred dog from a shelter, but, in all honesty, you shouldn’t just be looking for a purebred pup, but someone that will give you unconditional love.
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Conclusion:

So, to conclude, if you are looking to add a loving dog to your family you should go to a shelter rather than going to a pet store because it will cost you less, your pet will usually be known and the shelter can provide information and even though you might now get the purebred you wanted, you are saving the life of an animal that has suffered and can provide as much love as the purebred could, maybe even more.
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