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10 Awesome Reasons to Adopt a Rescue Dog

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The other day I was sitting in the local animal clinic waiting to have my cat get her annual immunization shot.

I could hear a dog barking like crazy from somewhere in the back of the clinic.

My thoughts were the dog was not happy or wanted to be there.

Sheepishly, a lady sitting in the waiting room with me said it was her dog.

"I'm sorry," I thought.

It would be embarrassing if it were my dog.

But that was not the end of it.

One of the attendants brought the dog out to the lady. And that's when it became interesting.

The dog was crazy-excited to be out of the cage and with the lady.

I am not sure what breed or mix it was, but it was a little dog the lady could not control. It might have weighed 10 pounds.

Good thing it was on a leash. (It should have been in a carrier.)

The dog ran to the end of the retractable leash and then back to the lady jumping all over her.

Many times!

That little dog owned the woman!

Totally disrespectful of the woman and her space.

My thought was "another dog and dog owner that need training."

I was glad my wife and I adopted an older dog, a 7-year old mix breed. We have owned dogs in the past, were "dogless" for three years before adopting Coco.

Our senior rescue dog, Coco sticking her face between the stair railing.

Meet Coco, our 7-year old senior dog. She is such a sweet dog. Even our mail carrier likes her.

The awesome reasons why we decided to adopt a 7-year old rescue dog

1. Skip the puppy stage. We don't have to wait for the puppy to develop a personality or learn proper behavior or make messes. Yes, I know all puppies are cute. But until they grow up, you don't know whether you have Lassie or Cujo.

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2. Already trained. Most rescue dogs have received training. Prospective dog owners can choose the level of training they want in a dog.

3. Already house-broken. Most rescue dogs' training has included house-breaking. But there are former owners who let their dogs do whatever they wanted.

4. Current immunizations and neutered/spayed. Local or state laws exist requiring dogs (and cats) to be neutered/spayed as a condition of adoption.

5. Dog adoption organization assess the dog's medical condition and evalute behavior. Adult dogs have established personalities. So it is easier to match up personalities with prospective owners.

6. Easier to find matches for your lifestyle. Whether you have an active lifestyle or not, shelter operators can match up rescue dogs with you as to size, age, temperment, training, and other factors prospective owners want.

7. Many choices. Shelters have many choices or access to other dogs to match with prospective owners. Although, some purebreds may not be available due to demand or scarcity.

8. Costs will be lower. There is no profit motive in shelters. Their aim is to reduce unwanted pet populations and lower euthanasia rates. There may be fees required or voluntary donations aimed at covering expenses.

9. You won't be supporting puppy mills and bad breeders. The bad actors operate factory-style operations breeding animals for profit. These animals live in poor conditions without proper medical care. So they are often very sick or develop behavioral issues as a result.

10. You will have a great story to tell about your dog.

Adopting a dog is the right thing to do.

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