Adopt, don’t buy a dog

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Dogs make a house a home; there is no doubt about it. If you have ever thought about including a dog in your family, here are several reasons to consider moving ahead on a furry adoption.

Why adopt?

Between 6 and 8 million homeless pets enter shelters every year. Because shelters cannot handle all the dogs that need a place to live, many that don’t get adopted are euthanized. Adopting a dog is a conscientious decision to make because it means you are saving a life.

Furthermore, animals in shelters receive medical care during their stay. As an adopter, you can be better informed about the state of your new pet’s health, as shelters keep great records on vaccinations and other treatments.

Lastly, adopting a pet is a much more affordable route to dog ownership than buying a dog from a breeder or store.

Health benefits

Between walks in the morning, walks in the evening and daily play time, dogs get everyone in the family active and moving each day – an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

Dogs may have pervasive positive effects on human health, according to the National Institutes of Health, which report that groups of new pet owners showed a significant reduction in minor health problems compared to those without pets. Other studies have shown that spending time with animals can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Where to adopt

Dog adoption events are an excellent way to meet lots of potential pets at once, helping you find a dog whose temperament would be a good fit for your home and family.

Coldwell Banker offices in communities across the United States, along with shelters and rescue groups in the Adopt-a-Pet.com network, joined forces for one of the largest adoption events of the year, and they are planning future adoption weekends. For more information, visit bit.ly/homesfordogs.

To add laughter and love to your life, consider sharing it with a dog in need.

(StatePoint)

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