There are many benefits of adopting a dog over buying one. The main one being giving an unwanted, rescue dog a loving home. Read this article by Mental Floss on why you should choose the adoption route:
You wont be supporting puppy mills
If you go to a pet store or go to a disreputable breeder to buy that adorable puppy, it's entirely possible that it's from a puppy mill, where dogs are kept in terrible conditions. By adopting a rescue, you can help lower the demand for puppies from puppy mills.
Shelter pets come with benefits
Whether you get your pet at a breed-specific rescue or from a normal shelter, you'll often have access to resources about your pet, and maybe even classes on how best to take care of it.
They may already be sprayed/neutered
More than half of states have laws requiring “releasing agencies” (a.k.a. shelters) to spay/neuter dogs they adopt out. While the pet sometimes isn't fixed until you adopt it, frequently it's already been spayed or neutered. Check with your local adoption centre.
They may be easier to house train
Many adult shelter dogs are already house broken when you adopt them. But because the dog may have a history that prevented such training (such as never being allowed inside the house), you shouldn't go in expecting a house-trained pet. If your new pupper isn't house-trained, there are resources out there that can help you reach that goal; many say that adult dogs have an easier time getting the hang of it.
They'll be more tailored to your personality
Because adult dogs are generally more fixed in their personalities, many adoption centres have matching programs that help the process of pairing dog and human. The ASPCA claims the programs have dramatically improved successful adoptions at some shelters.
Want to read over 15 more reasons why adoption is better? Check out MentalFloss.com
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