8 Reasons to adopt a dog from a shelter, not buy one from a pet store

  1. 1

    Most dogs at pet stores come from puppy mills

    When you buy a dog from a pet store, you’re supporting cruel puppy mills. He can’t believe you would ever do that. Not you.
  2. 2

    It costs a lot less to adopt a dog

    You can’t buy love—but you can adopt it from an animal shelter (and usually for a lot less money than buying a dog from a breeder or a pet store).
  3. 3

    Most “preowned” dogs are already house-trained.

  4. 4

    Most dogs from shelters already come with their vaccinations

    What’s up, doc, er, dog? Shelters and rescue groups often include vaccinations, microchipping, and spaying or neutering in the adoption fee.
  5. 5

    More dogs to pick from

    At an animal shelter, you can find a dog to fit your unique personality (even if you’re a little nutty).
  6. 6

    He will be forever grateful and a lifelong companion

    You will be rewarded with looks like this and other expressions of gratitude for as long as you both shall live.
  7. 7

    So many dogs end up dying in shelters

    Six to 8 million—that’s how many dogs are waiting in animal shelters to be adopted every year. Here are two of them!
  8. 8

    Ahhhh, it feels great to know that you saved a life!


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