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As a Bark Busters dog trainer, I am often asked: where should I get my dog? What should I look for? Without a doubt, I answer: check with your local rescues and shelters because dog adoption is the best!

It is a myth that an adopted dog comes with too many baggage or have a tendency to be more aggressive. In fact, most rescue centers do a thorough health check on a dog, spay/neuter him/her for free, and won’t release dogs that have destructive mis-behaviors.

According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5M cats are dogs are surrendered each year. About half are dogs and half are cats. Approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats) each year due to overcrowding. Startling.

Most dogs are surrendered because their owners can’t deal with their misbehaviors. With the proper training and patience, virtually every dog can be well behaved. At Bark Busters Brevard County, our mission is to help dog owners to overcome any behaviors that would cause them to surrender their dog.

Here are 10 great reasons Bark Busters recommends adopting a dog:

  1. You will be saving a life. Not only will you be saving a dog’s life, but you could be saving your own as well. Studies show that people who have dogs are healthier and happier!
  2. You’ll experience unconditional love. How many people can you say love you unconditionally? Your dog will!
  3. You’ll have a large selection. Many shelters have dogs of every age, breed, color, size and temperament.
  4. You help break the cycle of pet overpopulation. There are more dogs available than people willing to adopt them!
  5. Many shelter dogs are older. Although puppies are cute, older dogs tend to be house trained and understand basic obedience.
  6. You assist a not-for-profit organization. Many shelters provide an invaluable service to the community, taking in dogs that are unwanted or discarded through no fault of their own. Many of these have no-kill policies and work tirelessly to save dogs from abuse and abandonment.
  7. You’ll save money. Usually shelters cover the spay/neuter cost, vaccinations and even microchipping. Buying a dog from a breeder can cost you a small fortune!
  8. A pet purchased from a pet store is a complete unknown. Usually shelters try and match a dog to your family’s lifestyle and will give you a complete history if they know it.
  9. You become a role model. When you post a selfie with your new dog, your friends will ask : “where did you get him/her”? You’ll proudly be able to say “at the shelter”. Your adoption may encourage others to do the same.

Wherever you decide to get your dog, it’s important you do your homework. There are many bad puppy mills and illegal breeders who rip puppies away from their Mom too young (never before 8 weeks) and subject the Moms and puppies to appalling conditions.

If you need help with your adopted dog, please call Harv Kaplan at Bark Busters Brevard County.

 

 

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