13 Reasons To Adopt, Not Shop

13 Reasons To Adopt, Not Shop

They all need homes

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Have you ever thought about adopting an animal?

Did you know that places like Pet Land have been under the watchful eye of PETA for years now? Places like Pet Land source their dogs from puppy mills, and I don't know if you have ever seen a puppy mill but it is probably one of the worst things any person with a heart, not just a dog lover, could experience.

The dogs live their lives in tiny cages- barely able to stand, constantly surrounded by their own urine and fecal matter, the moms spend the majority of their lives pregnant and end up tossed aside when they are unable to carry babies anymore, and they charge you hundreds if not thousands of dollars for a dog who hasn't had the best life at all.

1. It's cheaper.


Buying a dog from breeders or "puppy stores" can cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars, adopting from one of your local shelters will be a small fraction of that cost.

2. They have dogs of all ages.


If you know you don't have all of the time that a puppy requires they have any age for you, all of the way up to senior pups who just want to live out the rest of their days in a loving environment.

3. Most places will include their shots and chip with your adoption fee.


After your purchase your dog, whether it is directly from a breeder or store, most of the time you will have to pay to have them vaccinated and get a chip inserted, now most if not all shelters are including this with their adoption fees, so again, less money for you to spend.

4. Most shelters aren't "No-Kill."


As sad as it is, over population in local shelters is a thing and they can't all be "No Kill" meaning that after the dog has sat there for a certain amount of time, it will be euthanized, so you are saving lives by adopting them.

5. They have any and every kind of dog you could want.


The most common misconception is that they are all mixed dogs- which if you have a problem with mixed breeds you aren't a real dog lover- but that isn't true. You can go to a shelter on any given day and find purebred pups all over, it might take some time to find the one you want but I can guarantee that you will.

6. They need a good home.


Some of the dogs are rescued off of the streets, some dogs are turned over from owners who can't take care of them properly, and some are born there. Most of them have never seen what a loving home is and all that want to do is have somebody who will love them unconditionally and watch over them and they will do the same for you.

7. They are very loving.

Again, as most of them have never seen a loving home they just want somebody to be there for them. They will love you until the day they die because you saved their life.

8. You help stop the mass breeding of moms.

Did you know that most moms are bred until their bodies physically shut down? Did you know that they are bred until their bellies are so stretched out that it will always drag the ground? Did you know that even though there is a minimum amount of time that puppies are supposed to stay with their mother's for nutritional reasons most get taken away weeks before they are supposed to?

9. You get to give them a second chance at life.

You can show them that everybody isn't like their previous owner, if they even had one. You can show them how fun life can be and you get to watch them enjoy every single piece of what you are giving them.

10. They're usually potty trained!


This is probably one of the hardest things when you get a puppy. But, when you adopt a pup from a shelter they are potty trained 99.9% of the time because the shelters are good about getting them out to go potty or they are older and know better than to go in the house (this isn't to say they won't have an accident every now and again).

11. You can get a dog with a personality that fits yours.

When you purchase a dog, you are buying what you think will work with you but just like everybody doesn't get along with everybody, every dog won't get along with you. When you get to spend time in the shelter with the dogs you get to find the one who best compliments you, and you them. It is a forever friendship so you need to make sure that it will work.

12. You get emotional support.


Dogs HATE seeing their human sad and trust me, they know when you are whether or not they are an emotional support dog. They will sit with you until your legs hurt and they will lick up your tears, and not just because they are salty. They want to spend every moment that they can with you, so let them in.

13. They are normally in better health than puppy mill pups.

Puppies that come from puppy mills often have severe issues by the time they get to you. They have developed aggression, anxiety, kidney/heart disease, mites, kennel cough, heart worms, and the list goes on and on. When the shelter receives the dogs, they do a full work up on them so they can get them in better health before you bring them into your own home.

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You have been there every day for so long. I woke up and went to bed every day knowing you were there and would still be there when I awoke the next morning. You never failed to greet me with an ecstatic wagging tail and an adorable toothy smile whenever I walked into the room. I missed you every single second that we weren't together. We have been the best of friends since the day we met, and our bond has only strengthen throughout the years.

However, as I grew older, so did you. As I was able to do more, you were able to do less. I was able to drive, go to the movies on my own, and apply to college. But you, you couldn't jump as high anymore, you couldn't run as fast as you used to, you couldn't swim as much as you would have liked. Even when your abilities declined, you still remained the happiest pup I had ever met and would continue to always try your hardest to make me happy.

Then the day came. That dreadful, dreadful day. The day where I had to watch you take your last breath as I laid by your side, the day where I had to watch the vet take away the best friend that I had ever known. As horrible as that moment was, and as sad as I still am, I am at peace.

I am at peace because I know that you are in a much, much better place. I know that as soon as you took your last breath here on Earth, God swept your beautiful, innocent soul from the ground and flew you to Heaven. I know that you have gained your furry little wings that you so rightfully deserve, and I am proud that I was able to know and love such an amazing little angel as you.

As I am still here on Earth, I can't say that I know what Heaven above is like for you, but I hope that you are truly having the time of your life. I hope that you are surrounded by perfectly green meadows filled with colorful flowers and blanketed by the bluest skies and the brightest rays of sunshine. I hope that you have hundreds of different lakes, ponds, streams, and even oceans to swim in as much as your sweet little heart pleases. I hope that you have already met with all of our relatives up there and that they give you endless treats and belly rubs, since I no longer can. I hope that all of your pain and suffering has vanished, allowing you to be the young, energetic pup that you once were and have been longing to be for so long now.

Even though we are no longer physically together anymore, you will forever remain in my heart and soul. You were a blessing sent from above, and now, God needs you back. Thank you for completing me and teaching me important life lessons; I will carry you with me everywhere I go until we meet again. I love you, my guardian angel.

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Every Household Needs A Dog

Dog lovers have got it right.

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Whether it's 101 Dalmatians or a St. Bernard named Beethoven, every household needs a dog. Forget cats, fish, and hamsters! They have their perks but nothing beats a dog. I mean look at that face!


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Here are eight reasons dogs are a must:

1. They are great with kids

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When trained properly, dogs make great playmates for kids. They give children the opportunity to develop and interact with the natural world around them.

2. They are protective

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From the smallest pup to the largest dog, all dogs will protect your home from any danger. Whether it is from a lizard that crept in or a burglar, your dog will alarm you of any unwanted guests.

3. They make great companions

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Dogs have a great intuition to tell if you are feeling down. They are readily there to offer comfort. Dogs also are always ready to celebrate with you. They jump even at the simple act of you coming home.

4. They love to cuddle

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Cold nights watching Netflix just got 100 times better with your furry friend. They will even cover your eyes during the scary parts of the movie.

5. They make you laugh

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Dogs have their own sense of humor that is incomparable to any other. With simply chasing their tails, you can be entertained for hours.

6. They bring you gifts

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Dogs are generous by nature. They see your shoes on the ground, they will bring them to you. They see a cool stick, they'll want you to see it too.

7. They are loyal

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I've never seen a service cat. But I sure have seen a service dog. Dogs are loyal and obedient. Once you fall for each other, they never leave your side.

8. They are adorable

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Finally, dogs are just so darn cute! How can you say no to loving them!!

Dogs are the best! You can have other pets, but a dog is a must.


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