Most of us love that faithful furry friend roaming about the house, wagging its tail and gleefully running to us at every beck and call. Yes, I am talking about dogs, those faithful and amazing creatures that really know how to give unconditional love to their owners. Just recently one of my friends adopted a Labrador puppy. And it was just amazing to see how the animal started behaving so obediently and how quickly it acquainted itself to my friend’s wife and children. My friend named it Spykar. He told me that Spykar was so well behaved because he was already trained by his previous owner who had to give him up for adoption as he had to move back to his native place and his mother who stayed there, was afraid of dogs. He came to know this through the owner of the pet shelter.
I thought about the countless number of dogs that end up in pet shelters. The worst thing for a dog to end up in a pet shelter is that the poor thing once had people to look after it and then, suddenly it was left alone and helpless. They knew what happiness was and then there was darkness. They are terrified of the new environment they are put into. Growls, yelps, barks, mews, unknown animals and unknown people make them feel frightened and traumatized in the unknown atmosphere. And in many cases, these animals undergo behavioral changes under the stress, which makes them eat less and hence become weak or they develop aggressive behavior. Under these conditions, they are finally euthanized. Adoption of these animals ensures that they get a second chance, a chance to live, get love and love back.
However, adoption does not confer the benefits only to the animal, but the owner as well. Just as in my friend’s case, as you can see, he had discovered that his newly adopted dog was already well-trained as it had been trained by its previous owner. This is one small benefit that adopting a little older pet from a pet shelter brings. Besides, once you adopt a dog, he knows that you have saved his life and he becomes loyal to you and gives you his unconditional love.
The benefits of having a dog by your side are many and I don’t want to go into the details as almost all of you are aware of it. So, when you decide to own one, you have two choices – adoption or buying from a pet store. Many choose the latter as they think that pets available in pet stores are healthier than those available in shelters. This is an absolutely wrong notion, as many dogs sold in pet stores come from puppy mills, where they are kept in deplorable and unhealthy conditions. They are not fed properly and do not receive any veterinary care. The owners of these stores have only profit-making in mind and any sort of extra expenditure for the proper care of these animals seem to be a liability for them. Pet adoption ensures that not only do you get a healthy animal, but also that you don’t give a dime to these profit-minded puppy mill owners.
There are thousands of dogs like Spykar, who become homeless. But not every dog is as lucky as Spykar. Most of them who end up in shelter homes and are unable to adjust to the new and strange atmosphere and become ill and die, or are euthanized. So, if you are planning to get a dog, please remember that there are lives waiting to be saved by you. So, choose the noble route of pet adoption.