If you’re ready to get a dog, congratulations! You’ll add a loving member to your family and enrich your life. The best place to find a dog or puppy is your local animal shelter or breed rescue group. They have plenty of purebreds, mixed-breeds, big dogs and little dogs — you’re sure to find a great companion. And when you adopt from the shelter, you’ll give a dog a second chance at finding a home and you will not add to the nation’s pet overpopulation
The reality is that an estimated 3.7 million unwanted pets must be euthanized at animal shelters every year — many because they could not find families to adopt them.
One of these dogs
Might be your friend
Owning a dog is a wonderful thing. Not only do dogs provide lasting companionship and unconditional love, they’ve also been known to lower blood pressure and reduce stress. And of course, a dog will make sure you get out and take walks every day. Living with a dog has also been known to boost the social skills and confidence of children and adults alike.
That said, the decision to bring home a dog warrants careful consideration. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and not all breeds are the same. Some dogs need more exercise than others, and some breeds may be predisposed to living with a family. Plus, some dogs are great for apartments, and some need a little more space to feel at home.
So before you make the decision to bring home a new best friend, research the breeds and select a breed that matches your lifestyle.