This blog post covers something I'm really passionate about which is dog adoption. My dad was in the RSPCA and we've always had rescue dogs growing up. I've also helped at a couple of rescue centres and met the most wonderful dogs who would make amazing companions. It was heartbreaking to see them locked away pacing a concreate floor when they deserved to be lying on a sofa being spoilt rotten.
Our dog Bertie was a stray in Romania. He was due to be killed within two weeks but luckily a charity saved him in time and brought him over to the UK. It makes me so sad that such a sweet loving little soul was going to be killed and that so many of his buddies were not so lucky.
Sadly even in a dog loving nation like the UK there are 100,000 homeless dogs at any one time. Worldwide 2.7 million cats and dog are killed each year due to overcrowded shelters.
Adopting a rescue dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have. Not only are you providing a loving home for a dog in need, but you can also experience lots of benefits yourself. Here are just a few:
1. You're saving a life. By adopting a rescue dog, you're giving a second chance to a dog that may have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. Many rescue dogs come from overcrowded shelters and by adopting one, you're making room for more dogs to be saved.
2. You're getting a loyal companion. Rescue dogs are often incredibly grateful for their new homes and owners, and they can form strong bonds with their new families. They may have had a rough start in life, but with love and patience, they can become the most loyal and loving companions.
3. You could get a dog that's already trained. Many rescue dogs come from homes where they were already house-trained, lead-trained, and socialised. This can save you a lot of time and effort in training your new dog and you can focus on bonding with your new furry friend instead.
4. You're getting a dog that's been evaluated for health and behaviour issues. Rescue organisations often evaluate dogs for any health or behaviour issues before they're put up for adoption. This means that you can be more confident that the dog you're adopting is healthy and has a good temperament.
5. You're supporting a good cause. By adopting a rescue dog, you're supporting a good cause and helping to reduce the number of dogs in shelters. You're also supporting the rescue organisation that saved your dog and helping them continue their important work.
6. You're saving money. Many puppies for sale these days cost thousands of pounds. Rescue dogs are usually a lot less (our dog was about £200). The money goes back into the rescue to help other dogs rather than to make someone money from breeding.
7. You're getting a dog that's unique. Rescue dogs come in all shapes, sizes, and breeds. By adopting a rescue dog, you're getting a dog that's unique and one-of-a-kind. You'll have a story to tell about how you found your furry friend and the journey you went on together. If you looking for pure breed, a massive 25% of dogs in rescues are actually pure breeds.
8. You feel good. Knowing that you've helped save a dog from potentially being killed and given them a better life is the best feeling. It's truly heart warming to see their progression as they settle into their new forever home and feel confident, safe and happy.
It must be said that some rescue dogs do come with issues if they have been abused, neglected etc. Our dog doesn't trust strangers straight away, especially men with walking sticks, but once he knows you won't hurt him he is your best friend. While Bertie suits us perfectly, he probably wouldn't be so great in a household that has a lot of people coming and going. If you are adopting a dog from a rescue they will help match you with a dog that's right for you and your family circumstances to ensure both you and the dog are a great fit and will be happy together.
In conclusion, adopting a rescue dog is a wonderful way to save a life, get a loyal companion, and support a good cause. If you're thinking of adding a dog to your family, why not consider adopting from a rescue. You won't regret it!