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Friday, October 13, 2017

Top 15 Reasons To Adopt A Shelter Dog

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and in celebration of all things canine, here are 15 reasons to adopt a dog today.

This post is universally approved by rescue dogs everywhere (for real).

Rescue a pitbull in honor of Adopt A Shelter Dog Month
Lottie

Top 15 Reasons To Adopt A Shelter Dog Today 

1. Dogs make great team players. Even when there is no team.

2. Dogs never judge. Especially on those days when you stay in your pajamas, watch bad TV, and eat chips all day (as long as you share).

3. Dogs are always happy to see you. Whether you are gone a month or five minutes, your dog will be there waiting, tail wagging, going bonkers when you return. 

Rescue and adopt an abandoned dog in honor of Adopt A Shelter Dog Month
Lucky
4. Dogs are cheaper than therapists. Dogs naturally ease depression, reduce anxiety, and improve self-esteem - even when they struggle with these issues themselves.

5. Dogs are peacemakers. Almost always willing to break bread or share the couch with their natural rivals (cats).

6. Dogs offer an alternative energy source. Naturally brightening and warming your day without batteries, electricity or re-charging.

Rescue and adopt puppy mill survivors in honor of Adopt A Shelter Dog Month

7. Dogs are like Buddhists. Dogs live in the moment and find beauty in all things (even smelly dead things).

8. Dogs are natural healers. No need for medical school; dogs reduce stress, improve heart health, strengthen immunity and some studies suggest, prevent allergies.

9. Dogs are complicated, but in a good way. Afraid of small things, but brave when it matters most.

Rescue and adopt a deaf great dane in honor of Adopt A Shelter Dog Month
Winnie
10. Dogs are overachievers. And when left alone, they may go searching for DIY projects on Pinterest like "5 Ways To Tip Over The Garbage Can Without Making A Mess"

11. Dogs always root for the underdog. Dogs make wonderful, supportive companions for those with physical or emotional challenges as well as seniors and children with learning issues.

12. Dogs believe in happily ever after. They will never leave you. Never EVER.

Adopt an older dog with health issues in honor of Adopt A Shelter Dog Month
Lilly
13. Dogs think you are a rock star. No matter how the rest of the world sees you in your dog's eyes you are the coolest person ever.

14. Dogs always do the right thing. Aside from the occasional distraction (see Pinterest warning above), dogs represent our very best selves. They are never cruel, dishonest or judgmental. Always grateful, kind, loyal, brave, and genuinely want to make things better.

Rescue and adopt a senior dog for Adopt A Shelter Dog Month

15. Dogs never give up. There are thousands of dogs refusing to give up in shelters around the country RIGHT NOW. Don't let them down. Please consider adopting one (or more if you are super special) rescue dogs today.

Bonus Point: Do rescue dogs have issues? Sometimes, but so what. You probably do, too (we all do).

Please visit The Daily Pip on Facebook and Instagram now through the end of the month for Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month photos, updates, and giveaways.

Want to learn more about why cats and rabbits are awesome, check out my previous posts on the Top 10 Reasons To Adopt A Shelter Cat and the Top 10 Reasons Rescue Rabbits Rock.

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month

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43 comments

Mark Muller said...

I agree we all have something we have to struggle with... and I hope this month ends with a lot of furever homes...

Kinley Westie said...

Pawsome reasons to get a pup!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
wonderfurs list and OMD... I's in luuurrrvvv with Lottie... hope they all find their furever homes furry furry soon! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

Molly the AireGirl said...

That is the perfect list and it's all true!

Emma said...

Nothing wrong with shelter dogs! Mom loved her first dog who was a shelter dog, a big 100 lb black dog actually! It just has to be the right thing at the time. Mom says it is like kids, there are so many children who need homes but people still choose to have their own instead. There is a right time to adopt and if that time is right, Mom would adopt again, but it is not in our plan at this time. We do adopt shelter cats, though.

Millie and Walter said...

Those are many of the reasons our pawrents adopted us. Rescues Rock!

Jan said...

That is a great list...life without a dog is not a life worth living.

Marg said...

Those are all so very true. I so miss having a dog but with the population of the cats here, there just isn't any way to fit a dog into the mix. But a dog is just the best companion there ever will be.

Brian said...

Absolutely, shelter dogs are the best, best, best!

Madi and Mom said...

Oh my yes indeed adopt a shelter dog ASAP. One of our local shelters took in about 50 dogs from a shelter in Puerto Rico.
Hugs madi and mom

The Swiss Cats said...

Pawsome list ! Pets are the best family members ! Purrs

Annie said...

Thank you. *tears* It is so very, very true. Hugs.

Mama and da DB Boyz said...

What a great post with some great reasons to adopt a shelter dog!

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Though SHE has always loved scotties which are rare and expensive here in Oz so all the scotties were planned. Roxy and many of the dogs we play with at the river were shelter dogs and they, after getting over a few teething problems are wonderful animals.

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

What adorable models you found!

Eastside Cats said...

Adopt, don't shop!
The Hubby and I have already agreed that when we get a dog, we'll adopt one.

Idaho PugRanch said...

What great reasons to adopt a shelter dog
hugs
Hazel & Mabel

Cathy Armato said...

I love your photo collage of those beautiful dogs! These are all fabulous reasons but my faves are #6 & 10, LOL! They're so clever.
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

Those are all great reasons and I am sure you could add 1,000 more

M. K. Clinton said...

These are all terrific reasons to adopt a shelter dog!

meowmeowmans said...

You are so right. Those are fantastic reasons to adopt a shelter dog! They rock!

Jeanne Pursell said...

The shelter dogs that we adopted over the years have just been the best dogs! Of course...my last three have come from Rescue. These are all great reasons to consider adopting a shelter dog. Sometimes...it is the owner with the problem...not the dog!

Groovy Goldendoodles said...

Insightful - well written

Kamira G said...

Great list! Some of these same things can be said for cats too. Dogs are awesome . It's no wonder they get the title "Mans best friend".

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

I love your list, and number 10 made me giggle. I would love to see that pin! Shelter pets are the best! They just need some understanding and patience. It took Lexy several months to settle in but now she rules the roost.

Tonya Wilhelm said...

How inspiring. What a great top 15 for adopting a shelter dog. My cat was a stray and he gives way more in return than I could have ever imagined.

Pawz Crossed said...

I never rescued from a shelter but I picked up our dog on the side of the road. She was just laying in the ditch full of fleas and ticks. Skin and bones. And she is the best dog with our daughters. Rescues are definitely the best!

Her and Her Dogs said...

LOVE this post. I can't decide which is my favourite reason - good thing I don't have to! I wouldn't trade my four rescues for the world.

Dash Kitten said...

A pet gives us a reason to get up in the am if we feel low. Get up and kick some ass into that day with your own shelter dog! (looks over shoulder) Or CAT ;-)

People need a reason to adopt a shelter dog? I can't believe so many don't * shakes head *

Debbie Bailey said...

This is perfect! We definitely have just as many issues, if not more, than most rescue dogs I know! lol I love the "alternative energy source" one... too perfect :)

Unknown said...

This is a wonderful list.... I love it that you are rescuing two pets -- the one you adopt and one you make space for. ~ Dear Mishu

Beth Patterson said...

All of those are great reasons to adopt a dog! Rescue dogs make amazing companions.

Tenacious Little Terrier said...

Mr. N says to add you'll never be alone again! He is also literally a peacemaker. If he thinks people are arguing, he'll interject himself in the middle and tap you with his paw and look at you accusingly.

Heather Wallace said...

All amazing reasons to rescue a dog today. I cannot imagine my life without Gonzo and Beau. They have brought so much joy!

Ruth Epstein said...

Only Shelter dogs in my house, they need homes and parents to look after them. No breeder will even get a penny from me.

Jana Rade said...

There are lot of advantages to adopting. Cookie is an absolute doll. We made up our mind we'll only adopt from now on.

Dolly theDoxie said...

Such a good reminder about adopted dogs. Dolly is for sure all of those things and even more. i need to do something about this too. Sandra and Dolly

TheGirlWhoFacedTheWorld said...

Shelter dogs truly are some of the best around. Not only are you saving a life, but they truly have even more love to give because of how appreciative they are!! - Shelby G.

Sweet Purrfections said...

I grew up with dogs and loved them. I still enjoy being with family's dogs.

Jan K said...

Dogs didn't come into my life until a bit later, but I now cannot imagine being without one. Issues? Yeah....I have a lot, and who better than a dog to love me in spite of them, and it helps me to understand theirs better too. ♥

Three Chatty Cats said...

We rescued our dog 14 years ago! He's still hanging in there and puts up with the cats like any good older bro would. He was our first pet and will always hold a special place in our hearts.

ShaylaS11 said...

Sooooo many awesome reasons to find a rescue pal!

Heather said...

So true. This is a great post. It makes it so hard not to adopt them all.

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