Adopting a Dog
According to the American Humane Association, millions of dogs face euthanasia every year across the country because there are not enough caring homes for them. Dogs are very faithful companions and can provide many benefits to their owner – they push their owners to exercise, they promote conversation between people, and they encourage increased social interaction at outings. Through adoption you can save the life of a loving animal by giving them a loving home.
Her name was Coco and she was a two year old Shih Tzu. She had been left at the shelter by her owner Jane. Jane was moving into an apartment that did not allow dogs. Therefore, Coco could not continue living with her. Jane was broken hearted because she had taken in Coco as a puppy and now she would be leaving her. In turn, Coco loved Jane and had never known any other family.
She new something was changing because Jane had never left her alone, not even for a night, and now she sat in a cage with lots of other yelping and whining dogs. Her sad deposition showed in her bowed head, sighs, and loss of appetite. Her demeanor told the story – she was sad and wanted to go home. Unlike the other dogs at the shelter, Coco would eventually find a new home, a sister dog, and a new family to love her.
Unfortunately, all dogs that need a home do not always find one. And yet studies show how beneficial pets are to our health. Stroking your pet stimulates the release of dopamine and serotonin the body’s feel-good chemicals. Recently, a dog that was rescued and later adopted by a loving family had in turn rescued them from a fire that destroyed their home. The dog had died in the fire but had saved his family. Also, you may have read stories of a two legged dog, who having overcome his handicap, has gone on to encourage and inspire others through the incredible feats he has accomplished.
Before you adopt you may need to consider a few factors. Dogs are completely dependent on their owner’s to take care of them – this includes food, water, exercise, shelter, and health care. Other things you need to consider are: your schedule, your home environment (if you are an apartment dweller – are pets allowed?), your budget, and your physical activity level. Be sure to consider an older dog – you can teach and old dog new tricks with patience. Also, note that some of the abused and older dogs may have special medical needs. But in the end, your adopted dog will give you many years of love in return.
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