Cute Puppy.

Check out eight reasons why it’s always better to save a life by adopting a dog instead of buying one from a breeder or pet shop.

So you and your loved ones have decided to add a furry friend to the family. And some of your friends have suggested breeders for you to contact. But what if I told you that you should opt to adopt a dog instead of buying one?

1. If you adopt a dog, you are saving a life. 3 million dogs are euthanized in shelters every year in the United States because no one came to adopt them. If more people shifted to adoption instead of buying, cruel puppy mills would be forced out of business, pet stores would have to bring in shelter dogs to adopt out and the number of euthanized dogs would plummet.

2. Mixed breeds, which make up 70% of shelter dogs, are considered more likely to live longer because they aren’t inbred like many “pure breed” dogs are. This also makes it less likely that they will be genetically-prone to health issues that are specific to some pure breeds.

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
—Roger Caras

3. There is an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the United States and chances are, if you are buying a dog from a pet store, it’s a puppy mill dog. Puppy mills are commercial dog breeding operations where profit is always placed above the well-being of the dogs. Costs are cut in every area so as to insure a profit and thus they produce generations of dogs with hereditary defects and ill health. Here is a great article that goes into more depth about why puppy mills are bad.

4. Buying a dog can cost over $1000, while adoption costs are between $50 to $200. The adoption fee goes to paying for Vet check ups, shots and the spay/neutering of the dog and helps keep the shelter running.

The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.
—Charles de Gaulle

5. When adopting you can get an older dog. When I adopted Max he was one year old. With Remy, he was two years old. Because of this, both of them were already house-trained and I also didn’t have to wake up at 3am to take a puppy with a tiny bladder out to pee. It was a HUGE convenience! And don’t believe that a dog needs to be a pup to bond with you. Max and Remy were, and are, as close to me as any pup was to its guardian.

6. Shelter dogs are unique! Because 70% of shelter dogs are mixes, you can find a dog that looks like no other. My dogs, Max and Remy both have Border Collie markings with the short coat of looks of regal hounds. I am constantly asked what breed they are when people see them. I tell them, “Shelter breed!”

Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.
—Dean Koontz

7. The Dog Files believes that having a dog means having a dog FOR LIFE, but we also understand that sometimes life can hit you hard and you have no choice but to give up your furry friend. If, God forbid, this happens to you and you adopted from a shelter or a rescue group, you could at least go see them and ask for their help in finding a new family for your beloved pooch. They will probably do everything they can to help you. Try that with a pet store and they’ll think you’re crazy!

8. If you adopt a dog, you will feel great about helping an animal in need. Everyone feels good when they do a good deed. You just rescued a dog that may have been euthanized if not adopted! You gave a cute dog a second chance at life and they will repay you every time you wake and see their smiling face staring back at you. You also did your part in not supporting the cruel puppy mill industry. In fact, YOU ROCK!