Reasons to adopt a dog
- Cost to Obtain: Many purebred dogs can cost hundreds or even thousands of pounds. A dog obtained from a local shelter incurs only the cost of adoption fees. If your heart is set on a purebred, you can find one at a shelter.
- Spay and Neuter Savings: Many dogs living in shelters have already been spayed or neutered. Many dogs end up in shelters simply because their owners did not take the time to understand and train their dogs. Attend a training program that teaches basic commands and leash walking.
- Reduce Pet Overpopulation: Between six and eight million dogs enter into shelters each year. Of that number, between three and four million dogs can be euthanized.
- Impact Puppy Mills: Puppy mills, mass breeding facilities that churn out hundreds of thousands of purebred puppies each year, are notoriously inhumane operations. Breeder dogs are kept in small cages (often for life) and repeatedly bred until they die. The puppies that result are often prone to health and behavior problems. Puppy mills make money for their operators. The only way to discourage this practice is to stop buying puppy mill puppies. Adopt a dog instead, and help close these facilities.
- Wide Choice of Animals: The selection of dogs available for adoption is wide. You will find big dogs and small dogs, old and young.
- Avoid The Puppy Stage: Many dogs available in rescue shelters are past the puppy stage which means they are past the teething stage. Many are housebroken. These are two big advantages for your furniture and rugs.
- Hybrid Vigor: While it is possible to find purebred dogs in shelters, most dogs will be mixed breeds. Hybrid vigor (also known as heteroecism) is a theory that mixed breed dogs are genetically stronger and free from many of the in-bred health problems of purebred. This is true in many cases, but it does not mean your new dog will be immune to illness. Proper veterinary care and attention is a requirement of responsible pet ownership whether you pet came from a shelter or a top breeder.
When you adopt a pet, understand the responsibilities. If you do not have the time or money to devote to caring for and training a pet, please do not adopt. Consider volunteering at a shelter, walking and interacting with the animals.
Sirius Dog Sanctuary is home to over 170 stray dogs that have been abandoned in Cyprus. The sanctuary is run by a group of volunteers, without any government funding, relying on charitable donations from the public.