Dogs are fun, sweet, loving, loyal animals, and when you welcome one into your family, he or she is likely to become your best friend right away! Unfortunately, not all people treat their furry BFFs with the right care or understand the importance of adopting animals instead of buying them from pet stores or breeders.
Dogs in pet stores come from breeders and puppy mills, where they are treated like machines. They’re kept in small, filthy cages and don’t receive the love or care that they deserve.
This is bad not just for the animals in these sad situations but also for all the homeless pups in the world. Six to 8 million homeless dogs and cats enter U.S. shelters every year, and half are put to sleep because there aren’t enough good homes for them.
Every time someone buys an animal, another animal in a shelter loses his or her chance at finding a loving forever home—it’s heartbreaking! So what’s the solution if you shouldn’t buy animals? Adopt them from your local animal shelter, of course!
Before your family decides to adopt, though, be sure to remind your mom and dad that caring for an animal requires a lifelong commitment. Your new, rescued dog is always going to need fresh water, healthy food, regular vet visits, and lots of love, attention, and exercise.
Giving your pooch proper care may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many people treat dogs like property instead of family members, keeping them outdoors in all weather extremes, neglecting and abusing them, not giving them proper shelter—or any at all—and sentencing them to life on a chain with no exercise. We know you’d never treat your dog like that, but if you ever see a dog who’s being treated that way, be sure to ask your parents to contact your local animal control agency or humane society to let them know.