There are close to 4 million dogs that enter a shelter or rescue each year. There are several reasons as to why a dog may be put up for adoption, and most of the time it is not because they are a bad dog. A dog could be put in a shelter for reasons such as: financial hardships, lifestyle changes, moving to a new location, heath issues, or because they can't identify an owner because they found the dog as a stray. Unfortunately, in certain states if dogs are not adopted within a certain time period, they are at risk of being put down. There are approximately 1.2 million dogs each year that are euthanized because there aren't enough adoptive homes, no space to keep them in shelters, and no money to house them. We are here to list out some of the benefits of adopting a dog! First things first, the adoption process is quick and easy. There are so many options to be able to see adoptable dogs nowadays where if you wanted a dog today, you could go online and search your local shelter to get in contact and schedule a visit to adopt a dog. Another way to view adoptable dogs is through Facebook! Many shelters have a Facebook page where they post current and available dogs that are up for adoption, and even give a description about what the dog likes, doesn't like, its personality and temperament, and what kind of home the dog would thrive in. Another benefit of adopting a dog is that it's one less homeless dog out of a shelter. With this you're saving 2 lives; you're saving the life of the dog that you adopt, as well as the next dog that needs that space in the shelter before their time runs out. Many dogs are transported up north from southern states such as: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Dogs are transported from these southern states to states such as: Connecticut, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming so dogs have a better chance of being adopted and don't have to worry about “running out of time.” Adopting a dog is way more inexpensive than buying a dog from a breeder. The average cost of adopting a dog from a shelter is $150, and this includes their medical evaluation and medical expenses for things such as vaccines, microchipping, spay/neuter operations, and more. All in all, the number of dogs being euthanized could drastically decrease if more people adopted. Don’t you want to save a life?!
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