Have you ever came home after a long workday to be greeted by a wagging tail that is eagerly excited to give you unconditional love? That is what life is when having a dog! Even more so when your dog is a rescue and you know you’ve changed their life.
If you are not familiar with this feeling, today’s the perfect day to turn that around. Today, on May 20th, we celebrate National Rescue Dog Day!
Did you know there are 3,500 animal shelters in the US? That means that instead of shopping for dogs, you have many shelters to choose from. Plus, this way, you are not contributing to the sad life of dogs in puppy mills.
Your local shelter has all kinds of breeds and sizes when it comes to picking your perfect pet, and they desperately need you!
Once you’ve officially rescued your new best friend, it’s essential to get them established in a veterinary clinic and make time for proper training.
Remember that it may take some time until the pet fully adjusts to your new home, but it will be fulfilling for all parties once they do.
So you might think to yourself, how can one help on such an important day? There are many ways to come together with your community and find a way to give. See some suggestions below:
- Volunteer in a shelter
- Educate on spaying/neutering
To have a successful pet adoption, you must do your research and make sure it’s the right decision for your lifestyle.
Did you know that a quarter of pets ending up in shelters have been abandoned by their owners? That’s far too many!
According to the ASPCA, about 3.3 million dogs end up in shelters every year. In most cases, when they’re being surrendered, it is not even the pets’ fault. Curious what the most common reasons are? Check our list below:
- A decline in the owner’s health
- Death in the family
- Having a baby
- Lack of training resulting in behavioral issues
- Age of the pet
Rescuing a dog is a permanent decision that will change your life for the better. It will teach you patience, responsibility, and how to be more kind.
Not long after, you might think to yourself, who rescued who?