As a Salt Lake City dog trainer, I believe that there is no right or wrong when it comes to getting your dog from a breeder. However, our Salt Lake City dog training company strongly advocates adoption.
5-8 million dogs are taken to shelters! 60% of these poor dogs are euthanized and only about 20-35% of them end up in homes. When I looked at these statistics, especially as a Salt Lake City dog trainer, I feel much sadness in my body. For more information about these statistics look at the following: Statistic Brain Research Institute, ASPCA, and Humane Society for Shelter Pets
Below is a wonderful list for the benefits of adoption.
1.) The greatest reason to adopt is that you are saving a dog’s life and are inspiring others to adopt.
2.) The money supports the rescue or shelter you are receiving your dog from. As a result, they are able to save even more dogs.
3.) Many times your dog is fixed (spayed and neutered) and vaccinated by the shelter or rescue before you adopt the dog. If this is not the case, they will usually support you to get the above done for free.
4.) You have a trial period. Therefore, if the dog isn’t a match for you, you can tell the rescue / shelter and they will take the dog back.
5.) If you receive your dog from a rescue there is a chance that your dog has already started dog training. Salt Lake City has many rescue groups that collaborate with professional dog trainers. Many foster moms begin to train the dogs and socialize them before their adoption!
6.) Rescue groups want successful adoptions. Many of them screen the potential owners thoroughly to make sure that the dog and the potential owner are a match. Also these groups love successful adoptions. They are usually willing to figure to discover obedience and behavioral solutions.
7.) The cost of adoption is extremely low.
8.) You definitely will not be supporting puppy mills or pet stores. Puppy mills do not socialize or humanely care for the animals. As a result these puppies usually have a large variety of behavioral and health issues.
All of my dogs are adopted. If it feels good to you, I would suggest that the next time you want a dog, consider adoption. Our Salt Lake City dog training company is a huge advocate for Utah Animal Adoption Center, Utah Friends of Bassett Hounds, and Greyhound Pets of America. Pet Finder is a great website to find a dog to adopt!
We want to read a comment for you! Have you adopted your dog? What is your viewpoint on adoption? Will you adopt in the future?
Johanna Teresi, Professional Trainer and Owner of Four Legged Scholars LLC Dog Training, Salt Lake City