Adopting a pet is always a very kind and loving gesture that everyone should consider doing. By adopting a dog or any other pet, you are giving the homeless a home and ultimately saving that animals life. I am here to talk about something I want all people to consider when thinking about adopting their next furry family member.
I understand that majority of the people looking for a dog to add to their family are looking for a puppy or a younger dog around the ages of 1-2. They would prefer a healthier dog they can be active with, make memories with, and create a long lasting bond with over the 10 plus years they have with their new family member. It’s a different type of bond you have with a dog when you raise them from a puppy to an adult. Although I completely agree with the decisions to be eager to adopt a younger dog, I would like everyone to at least consider adopting an adult dog as well. Here is why:
Most of the adult dogs at shelters have most likely already gone through training. Whether it was training from the shelter or their previous owner, they probably know basic commands like sit, stay, lie down and will defiantly be potty trained. Many of these dogs are also dropped off at the shelter at no fault of their own. Owners drop their dogs off at the shelter because they are moving and are unable to take their loving pet with them. Unfortunately, many of these dogs do not end up finding a new home and end up being euthanized after a certain amount of time if the shelter is a kill shelter. This senior dog will not chew up your blankets or shoes and will not mess your carpet. Most likely they will need you to simply feed them, let them out, walk them (not much, depending on the age and size of dog), play with them occasionally and love them. They will spend most of their time cuddling you on the couch while you watch your favorite T.V. show.
You will be a lifesaver
That one-year-old puppy you are thinking about adopting probably has 10 other families thinking about adopting him. However, the six year old dog in the kennel next to him most likely has no other families thinking about taking him home. His chances at making it out of the shelter and into a loving home are very slim. If you chose to welcome that loving middle-aged dog into your home, you will truly be making a difference in his life.
You can teach an old dog new tricks
It is known to some people that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. However, that is not always the case. When you adopt an older dog, you have an instant companion who is eternally grateful to you for bringing him into your home. This new companion of yours will also be very eager to please and has probably gone through some training before so he understands the reward process. It is also said that older dogs have a higher attention span and their ability to concentrate and learn new things may surprise you.
I certainly believe adopting an adult dog is extremely rewarding despite some health issues you may have to deal with. Watching a broken and terrified dog turn into a happy, fearless, trusting, ball of joy is a reward in itself. When you see the look in his eyes after you hand him his first bone and show him to his new warm bed you will understand the incredible change you made in that dogs life.
Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”