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Informative Guide for Adopting Shelter Dogs

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ASPCA.org says that approximately 5 to 7 million animals enter the shelters nationwide every year. 3 to 4 million of those are euthanized.

Private citizens can help animals rehabilitate from being strays, and find new homes.

So far in my life I have adopted 5 strays from shelters, and found new homes for 11 more.

No formal statistics for the animal protection movement.

Three major programs in U.S.
3)Humane Society

5,000 independent animal shelters.

Transition: Now that we have talked about the shelters, I’m going to tell you about the animals.

Breeds of dogs

A. AKC only non-profit registry of purebreed dog’s in the U.S.A.

B. Animalshelter.org lists the top 10 breeds of 2010 (slide)

C. Mix-breeds or mutts are a combiation of two or more of breeds of dog

Transition: Whether you care about pedigree or not, a shelter has what you are looking for.

Dogs from shelters are a sure thing.

A. Happyhealthydogs.com states that adopted pets from a shelter have been seen by a vet and usually given a clean bill of health.

B. Most shelter dogs have background paperwork, some include pedigree that the AKC declined registration on.

C. The National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy (NCPPSP) 25% of dogs that enter the shelter are purebred.

Transition: Now that you know that all types of dogs are available at shelters, I want to tell you about the other benefits of shelter dogs.

Cost/Benefit analysis.

A. If you purchase a pedigreed AKC Labrador Retriever from pet store or breeder, you can expect to pay upward of $300 for your puppy. Add the cost of neutering and vaccinations. You are well over $500 in initial costs. In fact, you may be closer to $1000. Yet Dogsonly.org lists most adoption fees between $75.00 and $150.00 including spay/neuter and rabies vaccination.

B. It has become common practice to test their temperament before placing the dog up for adoption.

C. 5/10 dogs and 7/10 cats in shelters are euthanized annually because no one adopts them.

D. Most shelters will allow you to bring a dog back if you don’t work well together, and you can try again.


Shelters have many breeds of dogs. Some breeds are even pedigree. Getting a dog from a shelter allows you to know what you are getting, and if it isn’t a good fit. You can bring him back and try again.

With all the dogs in the country in need of good homes, and with the cost of a new puppy. Choosing a shelter dog over one from a breeder may be the right choice for you.

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