Dallas and I adopted our first fur baby!
I have been wanting to adopt a dog for YEARS. Why not do it right before I leave for college?! I knew having a dog in my new apartment would help me adjust to my new home.
I knew I wanted to adopt. I wanted a small dog that was housetrained and good with kids. I also knew that by adopting, I was saving a life. Here’s a few things I’ve realized since adopting Maddux, and why adoption is so important.
Adoption Is Cheaper
Puppies can cost hundreds of dollars, not to mention the vet costs for shots and getting your pet fixed. Most adoption agencies have already gotten that technical stuff covered, and my rescue actually microchips each animal. Now, if Maddux were to get lost, I could track him down much easier. Adoption prices obviously vary, but I paid Russell Rescue, the agency I went through, $150 for Maddux. He is a small Yorkie and is loved sooooo much.
Of course, all puppies are adorable, but adult dogs need some love, too! Maddux is approximately six years old, house trained, and already knows tricks. I don’t have to worry about him chewing anything up; he’s got a good understanding of when to play and when to chill out. He’s not too hyper, making him the best cuddle buddy. Adult dogs catch on to new environments better, so you don’t have to struggle with extensive training!
Adoption Saves Lives
Each year, approximately 670,000 dogs are euthanized in shelters across America. Adopting an innocent animal saves its life. Maddux has a home. He is fed and loved; most importantly, he won’t ever have to worry about being put down because no one cared enough to adopt him. You may have many friends, but your dog only has one. To him, you have changed his life-and you get the satisfaction of doing a good deed for a great pup.
If you’re considering getting a pet, I highly recommend adoption. It’s such a satisfying feeling knowing you have saved a life. Help a sweet animal live and give him or her a forever home.
Let me know if you’ve adopted a pet! Or feel free to ask me about the adoption process!
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