There are millions of shelter dogs waiting patiently to be loved in every corner of this country. Many of these dogs (and cats) belonged to owners that treated them poorly or worse. Some were downright abused. These are innocent animals hoping to get a second chance with a loving forever family.
One of the best dogs I’ve ever owned was an abused lab mix. When I got her, she was a year old and did not trust anyone. It was clear she was abused but I could see the love deep inside her eyes. It took close to a year before she fully trusted me, but it was well worth it. To this day, I’ve never had a dog quite like her. She was a gem.
Most shelter dogs know what it is like to be mistreated and abused, yet they are still capable of giving unconditional love. Once you win their trust, they love you like no other. I would highly recommend that you check out your local shelters and rescues. There is just about every breed you can think of in the shelters, including plenty of purebred dogs. Every time a dog is adopted, another dog’s life is saved.
According to the ASPCA, approximately 3-4 million pets are euthanized each year. And of those numbers, 60% are dogs and 70% are cats. The numbers are staggering, to say the least. It is hard to believe that we put down so many pets each year. Most of these animals never had a chance in the first place. They had owners that couldn’t care less less about them.
If you have never been to a shelter, please take the time to stop by the next time you are in the market for a dog or cat. You can also check “petfinder” for shelter and rescue dogs in your surrounding area. I doubt you will regret it! You will have a wonderful companion for years to come.