Animal shelters are your best source when looking for a pet. We take in dogs of all breeds, from all circumstances, and work with them until they are adoptable. Millions of loving and wonderful companion dogs are euthanized every year at dog shelters and dog pounds simply because there is not enough room or resources to care for them.
Proponents of crossbreeding claim that the dogs are much healthier than inbred dogs. These articles tell you about the different mixed breed dogs and give you some helpful tips on petting them. Sadly – funding and support is just not there for us to continue taking in the volumes of animals that people want us to. Our Sanctuary spends in excess of $100,000 a year taking care of these animals.
Of course part of the ongoing expense of dog ownership is food, but if you are asking “How much does it cost to adopt a dog” then you probably want a good idea of total expenses and dog food is one of them. My family just adopted our second Rottie and in the process I was reminded how hard it is to adopt an animal.
To help you make this connection, pet shelters typically provide plenty of background information and guidance. Bring your paperwork – Shelters like to make sure that when someone comes to adopt a pet they are doing so with the best intentions for the animal and are prepared for the commitment.
Every year more than 6 million cats and dogs are taken in by animal shelters and more than half of these have to be eventually euthanized. If you have children under the age of six, you might want to wait before adopting. With our ever increasing reliance on technology and the tendency towards a more sedentary lifestyle I assume many more Labs and other dogs will continue to be surrendered to shelters.