At PrideBites we embrace adoption and pet rescue! We love knowing that October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. According to the ASPCA, "Approximately 4.1 million shelter animals are adopted each year (2 million dogs and 2.1 million cats)" That is an amazing statistic, but even with all those adoptions, there are still dogs and cats waiting for their forever homes.
If you're considering adding a new dog or puppy or expanding your furry family with a new dog or puppy, we have put together a list of reasons to adopt a shelter dog. And... you can do it year round -- not just in October. This month is simply a way to highlight the need for, and the availability of, amazing dogs in shelters waiting to be your forever pup!
Adopt A Shelter Dog
Here are our favorite reasons to adopt a shelter dog.
Unconditional love. Okay, what could be better than that? We can't think of anything! Your pooch won't care if you are in a bad mood or if you're still wearing sweat pants -- they love you no matter what!
You are saving more than one life. When you adopt a dog or puppy from a shelter, you are opening up space for another dog who may be in need of a safe place until he finds a forever home.
You'll be healthier. When you have a dog in your life you will need to take her out for walks and you may find that you love getting out and walking and because of that you will become more active!
You may make more friends! Walking a dog or going to a dog park is a great way to connect with other pet-loving people.
You may be more relaxed. When you spend time with your furry, unconditional-love giving pup you may find your stresses of the day melting away. In fact, when you pet a dog or cat your blood pressure gets lower.
You will have a BFF. Dogs are ideal companions when you can't get out of the house or interact with people -- like we all experienced during the coronavirus pandemic. You may find, that like many of us who work at PrideBites that you talk to your dog when you're with him. Maybe that's just me!
It's fun to pamper them. If you've ever seen a dog in a dress or bandana or a stylish leash and collar and thought, "wow, that's so cute!" you'll have a reason to dress up your pup. Honestly, you won't need a reason -- you have a pup -- that's all you need!
If you're a pet store or a brand of any kind (we work with breweries, coffee shops, bourbon makers, radio shows, CBD makers and more! If you have a business, PrideBites can work with you to create a unique branded pet toy, leash, collar, bed, baseball hat or more! Shelters can also invest in pet merchandise and give toys or other products to adoptive pet parents!