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You might be surprised to learn that approximately 3.3 million dogs enter animal shelters each year. Today, May 20, is National Rescue Dog Day! While there are many ways to make a difference in the lives of rescue dogs, we’d like to shed light on our favorite way – adoption.

There are countless benefits to adding a pet to your family, including love, companionship, protection, stress relief, entertainment, and more. If you have room in your heart and your home, we’d highly encourage you to think about adopting a dog. Here are a few reasons to consider:

  1. Adoption fees can be significantly less expensive than breeder fees

    According to CostHelper, purchasing a dog can cost between $300 and $1500 with show-quality dogs costing as much as $15,000. Meanwhile, adopting a dog from a shelter costs between $70 and $300. With savings like that, you are free to spoil your furry friend or support another worthy cause.
  • You are helping to control pet overpopulation

Sadly, the breeding rate of puppies and kittens exceeds the number of loving home available to pets. The best way to fight overpopulation is to adopt from a shelter then have your pet spayed or neutered (which is often covered within the adoption fees.)

  • You are saving more than one life

    Yes, you read that correctly. When you choose to adopt a dog from the shelter, you are, of course, saving a life by offering a second chance to him, but you also need to remember the dog who takes his place. When one dog is adopted, another dog can receive the care he needs until he finds his furever home.

These are only a handful of advantages to adopting a rescue dog. If you are a rescue dog advocate, tell us about your best friend. We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

Happy National Rescue Dog Day from Lions Pride!