It’s International Dog Adoption Day! Here’s why you should adopt a dog

 International Dog Adoption Day
It’s International Dog Adoption Day! ©Jay Wennington. Unsplash

It’s International Dog Adoption Day – the day the world unites to fight dog homelessness. This is the perfect time to consider adding a four-legged friend from a rescue shelter to your family and giving them a second chance at life!

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There are a whopping 600 million stray dogs in the world and many of these reside in animal shelters across the UK. The Battersea Dogs and Cats home has an average of 250 dogs looking for a forever home at any one time, while the Dogs Trust rehomes over 17,000 dogs a year – with many more remaining homeless.

This International Dog Adoption Day, we’re determined to help more homeless dogs find a loving home. If you’re considering getting a new pup, why not consider rehoming instead of buying one ‘new’?

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Abigail Moon, the RSPCA rehoming manager, said to Good Housekeeping: “while it can be tempting to focus on getting a puppy from a breeder, we would urge everyone to first think about giving a rescue dog a chance.”

There are so many advantages to adopting a rescue dog. So to help you make your decision, we’ll be going through them all today!

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Why you should adopt, not shop

It’s a rewarding experience – Imagine giving a dog a second chance at a happy life, who may have previously been abandoned or abused? Choosing to rehome an unwanted dog is an incredible deed. They’ll be so appreciative and happy – and it will show in their love for you!

You’ll get a great dog – Some people assume that dogs from shelters come with a handful of problems, but that’s simply not true. Most dogs end up a shelter because of divorce, financial situations or even a relocation, meaning they’re often already housetrained and used to family dynamics.

You’ll be helping to fight puppy mills – When people buy a dog from a pet store or market, you can be pretty sure the dog would have come from a puppy mill. These are factory-type breeding farms, who often don’t care for the welfare of dogs. The mother dogs tend to be kept in cages with no human companionship.

Adopting helps more than one dog – By adopting one dog from a shelter, you’ll be helping another by making room for them to live in the shelter rather than on the streets. Plus, any costs included in your adoption go straight into the care of other shelter animals.

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How to adopt a dog in the UK

There are numerous dogs needing a new home right now. Head to your local animal shelter and enquire about adopting one of their dogs. They’ll take your information and help you to find a dog which is right for you.

Take a look at the RSPCA, the Dogs Trust, the Blue Cross, and the Battersea Dogs and Cats home and see if any are nearby. Don’t forget, there may be smaller, local shelters – so make sure you do some research and check them out, too. Most dogs will come spayed or snipped, vaccinated and microchipped.

Happy International Dog Adoption Day!

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I'm a Digital Media & Marketing graduate who lives in the beautiful area of North Wales. Since graduating, I've been working freelance as a copywriter and digital marketer. At the weekend, you'll find me taking and editing photographs, updating my blog (alicelang.net) or looking after my mischevious rescue cat, Mabel. I've loved animals for as long as I can remember. I've had pretty much every pet under the sun - cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, fish, stick insects - and have spent time volunteering at animal shelters in Asia.