Looking to Make an Addition to Your Family? Adopting From Dog Shelters is a Great Idea

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Every year, in the United States, more than eight million dogs and cats enter shelters. Unfortunately, due to overcrowding and a number of other issues, more than half of them will not make it out alive! In fact, if you combined just the shelters in Los Angeles County, almost 200 dogs are put down on the average day. While the best way to remedy that issue is likely to spay or neuter your pets, dog rescues can also help. If you are looking to bring a pet into your home, it can be tempting to head to a breeder. However, choosing to rescue a dog can be more humane and will allow you to find a dog that will provide the same loyalty and companionship.

One of the more troubling stats regarding dog rescues and shelters is the amount of money it takes to house dogs with no owners. According to statistics from Business Wire, local governments spend a staggering two billion dollars a year to house and euthanize some eight to ten million adoptable dogs every year. That number is tragic both in terms of the amount of dogs who lose the opportunity to live a happy life and the negative impact on local economies.

If you do decide to rescue a dog from a shelter, you might have to take some time to evaluate the costs and determine a budget. When it comes to owning a dog, there are lots of expenses you should expect to have to cover. Between beds, cages, medications, and spaying or neutering, the total cost of getting a dog acclimated to home life is over $1,000. If you want to provide your animal with meals made with the best dog food ingredients, then you could see that number approach $2,000. And, of course, training programs with experts can be quite costly as well.

With both the initial and yearly costs of owning a dog so high, even if you choose to go the dog rescue route, finding ways to cut costs is always a good idea. The best way to do that, without providing lower quality meals, is to find some helpful dog food coupons. Checking the Sunday papers or simply hopping online and looking around for deals might be a bit time consuming, but doing so is a necessity if you want to spend less on the top dog food brands.

Americans today own more than 83 million dogs, but that does not mean that shelters are crowded and many do not have a loving home. In order to help cut down the number of dogs that never find a family and spend their entire – short – lives in a shelter, choosing to rescue one is a good idea. There are several advantages to dog rescues that can help make the decision to do so even more rewarding.

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