The Benefits of Adopting an Adult Dog

by VetDepot on August 21, 2014

pretty pit bull adopt blogUnfortunately, some people have the idea that adult dogs in shelters are damaged goods. They must have ended up there because they were bad dogs, right? Wrong. Most dogs find themselves in shelters through no fault of their own, and there are a lot of benefits to giving one of these deserving dogs a second chance:

1.) What you see is what you get: If you adopt a mature dog, there’s no chance of that tiny puppy reaching a surprising 80 pounds. An adult dog’s size and temperament is pretty well established.

2.) There’s no puppy drama: Everyone knows that puppies are a serious time commitment and some accidents and chewed up shoes are a likely occurrence. Of course, adult dogs still need plenty of attention, but they have more independence than a puppy and there’s a good chance they’ve already received some sort of training.

3.) The satisfaction of knowing you saved a life: An adult dog has probably had a home or two in his life and has experienced plenty of disappointment. Adopting a shelter dog means saving a life, and your new best friend will thank you with years of loyal companionship and love!

If you’re interested in adoption, contact your local shelter or rescue group. Someone will help you find the best possible match for your family and lifestyle.

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Richard September 2, 2014 at 3:59 am

Excellent article

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psmcbrayer September 2, 2014 at 9:25 am

Many adult dogs are more cost effective to adopt. They are or will be spayed or neutered, may already have had all their shots (or will as part of the adoption), and the maintenance care for an adult dog is less than for a young dog. I see puppies adopted from shelters, and sometimes they have spread been exposed to deadly diseases like parvovirus and distemper. While no dog out of shelter can be considered officially “healthy” for at least 21 days out of shelter/fully vaccinated, puppies are especially vulnerable, and can easily die without ER intervention…which can cost a couple of thousand dollars. I really wish people wanting a dog would consider adopting from a rescue. Our donors and volunteers have taken the guesswork out of the health issue to prepare the dogs for a home…fully vetted. Most shelter adoptions still require a vet visit immediately after adoption for initial care and evaluation, before health issues get out of hand, resulting in a dog being abandoned again in shelter, or suffering illness or death.
Adoption is just the beginning of responsibility in pet ownership…and the happy ending sought has some hidden detours!

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Jordan Walker September 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm

I agree that it’s better to adopt an adult dog than a puppy. They won’t bite/chew your shoes just like a puppy. I had an adopted adult dog before and he had all his shots when I got him from a local shelter.

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