According to the Humane Society of the United States, only about 30 percent of pets in homes come from shelters or rescues. Dog Star Rescue is working every day to change that. Everyone here at Dog Star Rescue (DSR) is a passionate advocate for our dogs—and for dog adoption in general—and we commend you for taking the time to learn more about unwanted dogs in the United States and what we can all do to help.
There are many statistics out there on the Internet, including the number of dogs given up by their owners each year, the number of strays taken in by shelters and other facilities, and, most heartbreaking, the number of dogs euthanized each year. Even the most optimistic of these reports put the numbers for all of these categories in the millions.
The problem of animal overpopulation is real—yet it’s a problem that humans have the ability, and some would even say the responsibility, to eradicate. Spaying or neutering your pet is crucial. To that end, DSR will not adopt out a dog that is not spayed or neutered, unless we have a puppy who is still too young in which case we coordinate plans to ensure this is done. Avoiding pet stores and breeders the next time you want to add a furry family member to your home is a big help, too: adopt, don’t shop!
There are so many good reasons to rescue a dog, including these 10:
1. Save a life. Animals at shelters or in rescue groups are unwanted and helpless. By adopting, you provide a second chance not only at happiness but at life itself for your pet.
2. Help break the cycle of pet overpopulation. There are not enough homes for all the puppies born every year; adopting helps weaken the pet overpopulation cycle by decreasing demand.
3. Help stop cruelty in mass breeding facilities. Throughout the country, thousands of commercial pet-breeding facilities and backyard breeders produce millions of animals for sale in pet stores and through newspaper ads. Often known as puppy and kitten mills, these facilities repeatedly impregnate dogs who spend their entire lives in cages, and without human companionship. These unfortunate animals are often subjected to intolerable environments, forced to produce litter upon litter, and are destroyed after they become unprofitable assets. Adopting means not supporting such inhumane acts.
4. Take advantage of adopting a trained adult dog. Sure, puppies are cute, but adolescent and adult dogs are often already crate-trained and house-trained and know the basics of good canine citizenship, including “sit,” “stay,” and “leave it.”
5. Choose from a great selection of adoptable dogs. Dog Star Rescue offers a wide variety of dogs: Just a peek at our list of Adoptable Dogs or our Facebook page shows this to be true. Many of our dogs live in foster homes prior to adoption. This often gives us a really good assessment of each of our dogs before adopting them out. After all, we are not looking for just any home for our dogs, we are looking for the best possible home for each individual dog. We’re sure one of our adorable future best friends will be a perfect match just for you!
6. Pay less. We admit it: Some people balk when they see what it costs to adopt a dog, but we often ask them to consider what they get in return: a fully vetted, spayed or neutered, vaccinated dog who has been tested with cats, kids, and other dogs, and whose skill set has been evaluated by experienced foster parents—not to mention a lifetime of love from an eternally grateful pup. And a $450 adoption fee doesn’t seem like much at all when you consider a purebred puppy can cost upwards of $2,000, and that’s before your first vet visit.
7. Encourage others to adopt. We’ve seen it so often, and it warms us every time: People ask a previous adopter where his or her awesome dog is from. All it takes is two words, Dog Star, and before you know it, we’ve got another adopter looking at our adoptable dogs and filling out an application…and another great human/canine match is well on its way to being made!
8. Save two dogs for the price of one. Every time a DSR dog finds a new home, a space in one of our foster homes opens up. This means we can rescue one more dog from a high-kill shelter and bring him or her into foster care. Adopt one dog, save two lives! There’s nothing better.
9. Feel good. Not only will you feel like you are doing the “right thing” by adopting but you’ll also reap all those benefits dogs give to us mere humans every day: unconditional love, unintentional amusement, a sense of purpose and fulfillment, as well as improved health. After all, studies have shown that dogs can have a positive and real impact on emotional, psychological, and physical health.
10. Become a part of the Dog Star Rescue family. Adopting from DSR gains you entrance to a pretty special group of folks. The only thing we love more than successfully placing one of our dogs is receiving joyful updates (with photos!) detailing how spoiled our pups are in their new homes. They deserve nothing less!