If you're already for a dog and wants one, please adopt one. With the economy the way it is, the shelters are packed and about 2/3 of the dogs end up being euthanize just because there aren't enough space. Having a dog is a lot of work but it's also a very rewarding thing. A dog's love is unconditional. Best of luck to you in getting some doggie love in your life. I recently talked a woman and her daughter into adopting one of the dogs from the shelter where I volunteer instead of going to a breeder as they had planned. The womans last question to me was, And youre sure that papers dont matter? In the central valley area, where the shelters are high kill, the numbers euthanize are even higher. Dogs that are healthy and without behavioral problems are being put down just because there are too many of them.
The show was almost out of time, so the hosts just repeated the animal shelters phone number for the Spay Day information, and I hung up. One of my colleagues, who had been working in open-admission shelters and euthanizing homeless animals for more than 10 years was laughing so hard at my honest comment that I thought he might need.
When you adopt a dog from a shelter or a rescue, that means room for another dog to be saved. So please at least consider looking into it. Before you get a dog, just make sure you do understand the responsibilities. I strongly suggest pet insurance as it isn't very expensive and it'll help really help with the vet bills. This is NOT to talk you out of getting a dog, but to prepare you for what's ahead.
A lot of people aren't realistic about the amount of work, time and money (especially vet bills) that a dog takes. That's how a lot of dogs end up in shelters.