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Join the Party! Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Monday, October 1, 2012 - 1:15pm
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October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and that means it’s time to celebrate all things canine and get more homeless pups into forever homes. To get the party started, we’ve prepared a special Adopt a Shelter Dog Month section on ASPCA.org devoted to the lovable shelter pooch.

Speaking of Pet Adoption…
Earlier this year, we polled hundreds of pup parents—some who adopted from shelters, and others who purchased their puppies at pet stores—about their experiences during and after acquiring their four-legged family members. You’d think that the pet store-pup parents, who got exactly the puppy they wanted, would be happier, but that’s not the case!

Our poll showed that people who adopted a dog from a shelter were much more likely to be pleased with their experience than those who purchased a puppy from a pet store. Shelter dog adopters are also almost twice as likely, compared to pet store customers, to feel that the process by which they got their dog was honest and transparent.

Here at the ASPCA, we’ve long been convinced that shelter dogs are awesome and that adoption is way better than buying a puppy from a pet store. Now we have the data to prove it!

“The ASPCA’s research confirms that adoption really is the best option when it comes to adding a new dog to your home,” says Cori Menkin, Senior Director of the ASPCA Puppy Mills Campaign. “Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, and we continue to urge those who are looking for a new companion to adopt a dog from a shelter instead of buying a puppy from a pet store. By doing so, you’re not only giving a shelter pup a new chance at life, but you’re also helping fight puppy mill cruelty.”

“And once you do adopt,” adds Menkin, “be sure not to buy any of your new pets’ supplies at pet stores that sell puppies!” Take the No Pet Store Puppies Pledge today.

Get Involved
There are tons of ways to get involved this October, ranging from sending a single tweet to volunteering at your local shelter. Head over to ASPCA.org to read all about it, and remember—there are millions of wonderful, adorable dogs in our country who need homes, so please opt to adopt!

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Norman Senior

I got my puggle..Dancy..Lola in her former life from a person who was ill with treatable cancer but had months of chemo ahead of her and the danger of relapse.

Natalie

Regardless of where you got your dog, it was an animal that needed a loving home and you gave it one, so good for you! I got my Oakie, a Greyhound-Pointer mix, from a dog rescue here in CO and I love him more every minute! He is sweet, loving, smart, funny and makes each day better just to see his face and wagging tail.

bev

I adopted both of my older rescue dogs and could not be happier! They seem to look forward to starting a new life in a loving, caring home. More than excited to learn, and please. How lucky am I?!!!

mmm

I've volunteered doing adoptions at a shelter until I became burnt out on it. I'd dread the puppy/kitten people, not only did the animal have to be young but had to look young, a little bundle of fluff.... A few times I've said - you do know this kitten/puppy will grow up very quickly and become a cat/dog?

I also saw a good many puppies, not young dogs although we got those as well, turned into the shelter when after two weeks no one at the home they were bought for wanted to take care of them. You can get some quaility animals at a shelter.

But for me, I'll take my over 10 year old dogs and cats any day. I like the fact that they are worn in, you know what you are getting. And if you get little dogs like I do - you still get to potty train! People say the stupidest things - that older animals will not bond with you like baby animals will. Untrue, in fact I think that puppies and kittens will bond with anyone and everyone, no one has been mean to them so everyone is great with them. The older animals know what it's like to be left and they become so bonded to you it's almost embarrassing! Oldies but goodies indeed!

Patti

All of my dogs have come from high kill shelters. I have 7.
I believe it is ignorance that sends people to pet stores and supposed breeders of purebred animals. Anyone can post a shingle or advertise online that they have AKC animals for sale. A reputable breeder will not ship a dog to anyone. A reputable breeder requires potential buyers to come to their facility. A reputable breeder researches their potential buyers and requests references especially Veterinary references. A reputable breeder DOES NOT sell through a pet store, these are puppy mill dogs!
5 of my dogs are a result of supposed 'AKC breeders' that were sold through pet stores and online websites, surrendered to kill facilities when the buyers did not want to deal with their health issues. These guys have so many genetic faults its a wonder they survived their puppy days but these breeders only see $$$. All are loved beyond belief and have returned this love multi-fold. All are healthy thanks to my absolutely wonderful Vet.
Wake up people.

Patti

All of my dogs have come from high kill shelters. I have 7.
I believe it is ignorance that sends people to pet stores and supposed breeders of purebred animals. Anyone can post a shingle or advertise online that they have AKC animals for sale. A reputable breeder will not ship a dog to anyone. A reputable breeder requires potential buyers to come to their facility. A reputable breeder researches their potential buyers and requests references especially Veterinary references. A reputable breeder DOES NOT sell through a pet store, these are puppy mill dogs!
5 of my dogs are a result of supposed 'AKC breeders' that were sold through pet stores and online websites, surrendered to kill facilities when the buyers did not want to deal with their health issues. These guys have so many genetic faults its a wonder they survived their puppy days but these breeders only see $$$. All are loved beyond belief and have returned this love multi-fold. All are healthy thanks to my absolutely wonderful Vet.
Wake up people.

sharon

I adopted my beautiful Beagle Bagel 10 yrs ago from a local shelter-I took one look at her (actually she was the first dog I looked at) and knew that she was the one. I had her for 10 wonderful years before having to put her down this past February. I promised her that I would adopt another dog- I went to the Humane Society and found my second best dog-a 2 yr old bullmastiff named Bull. As soon as I looked into his eyes I knew HE was the one. He is the 2nd best dog in the world,and we love him very much. Ceasar Milan said it best when he said "You dont get the dog you want, you get the dog you need." Well- I needed Bull and he picked me!!!

S

It seems there is a common misconception running through these threads that buying from a pet store is still saving a life. Directly, this is untrue. I'm sure an arguement can be made that somewhere through various chains of events a dog may possibly loose it's life because it was not bought from that local pet shop. HOwever this arguement would also stem from the overlying mistreatment and abuse in the industry. When you adopt a dog form a shelter, you are directly saving 2 lives. The dog that you adopt, and the open space allows for another dog- then they will not be euthnaized. This is a clear and immediate fact, you are saving a life. Adopting has a direct, visible, and tangible effect on your animal and people community. Buying a puppy actively pushes the cycle to continue, it causes indirect harm to your community. Because this effect is not directly seen and has become accepted, it can be easy to overlook the deep cycle in place. Rescues will bend over backwards to help you find the perfect dog just for you and your life. Because of where I live, I am not able to have large dogs but that doesn't mean I can't adopt. There are amny resources available. Where there is a will to good there is always a way!

Elizabeth

I was just out of the hospital, depressed. my daughter showed me a dog on her Ipad, suggesting we go look at him. Big concrete shelter, with a scared little dog with lovely brown eyes. Love at first sight! Now one year later, I wonder why I waited so long to rescue a lovely companion! Mostly shih tzu, a funny, happy, healthy friend.

Clifford J Huffman

We have 2 Dogs and a cat. All rescues. Our First is a Lhasa-poo we got from a rescue shelter around 7 years ago. Second we have a Chihuahua / Jack Russell mix we rescued from a DISGUSTING trailer park where the owner kept this poor puppy tied to a power chair... And lastly our cat we got from the local shelter. We went in looking for a small dog, They had none, but they had these two tiny kittens. One short haired healthy kitten and one long haired kitten that was in horrible shape. Her eyes were swollen shut, she was very skinny and refused to eat. I just couldn't leave her there. The shelter didn't charge us for her at all, as they all thought she was going to die. I took her to the vet, and after some time and TLC, She recovered fully. Now, almost 7 years later she is still going strong. I'm just not too sure she knows she is a cat..LOL

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