When you adopt a shelter dog, you can rest assured that your animal has received good care. The same can’t be said when you buy a dog off a website or from a pet store.
Regardless of their past, shelter dogs receive good care in-shelter. Most shelters have strict protocols for disease prevention that includes but is not limited to vaccines. Shelter workers care about the animals they work with and don’t want to see them suffer. I’m willing to bet that most are like me, and always watching for signs of illness or injury. We want them to have the best care they can with us.
The same cannot be said for pups purchased from pet stores and the like. Animal welfare groups like the ASPCA and Best Friends advise folks to consider the poor practices that are all too common among puppy brokers. By skimping on necessary medical treatment, puppy dealers can increase their profits. That not only shifts the burden of the cost onto you, but can also result in worsened conditions. Minor medical problems can turn into life threatening ones.
My love for shelter dogs isn’t the only reason I’m biased. There are countless accounts and reports pointing towards the lack of care these businesses have for their animals. Shelter dogs, on the other hand, have a whole team of humans looking out for their well-being.
Beyond the medical care, more shelters are providing for the dogs’ mental and emotional needs, too. Enrichment is not just for shelter dogs, but it is probably the best part of a shelter dog’s day. From shelters with musician volunteers serenading dogs to those that bring in groups of children to read to their dogs. There is plenty of good care and love to go around.
My favorite form of good care for shelter dogs is play groups. I have been lucky enough to watch hundreds of hours of shelter dog play in several facilities. There is truly nothing more encouraging than watching them romp around and act like dogs!
No one shelter is able to provide kind of care that rivals that of unlimited resources. Shelters do not have unlimited budgets, time and creativity. Although imperfect, many shelters these days provide very good care for their animals. When you adopt a shelter dog you get the benefits of that good care.