Thursday, October 1, 2015

5 Favorite Reasons to Adopt a Dog

October is Adopt-A-Dog Month® (American Humane Association) as well as Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month (ASPCA).  There are many reasons someone would or should adopt a dog into their life and I have chosen my 5 favorites to share with you.

5 reasons you should adopt a dog for adopt a dog month

Oz's 5 Favorite Reasons to Adopt a Dog

1. It will make you feel good.  Dogs are known to help keep their owners healthy.  Because dogs love going for walks, you have to get up and get moving which is great for your heart health and blood pressure.  Petting a dog releases a relaxation hormone in your body helping to alleviate your stress.  And...caring for a dog can provide a sense of purpose and lessen feelings of depression and loneliness.

2.  It will make the dog happy.  Dogs love having a companion too.  Don't you know dogs are man's guardian angels?!?  A dog needs someone to look after and care for as well.

3.  You will be a hero.  Did you know 2.7 million dogs are euthanized in shelters each year?  You may think "How can it make a difference if I just adopt one of those 2.7 million?" but remember, it will make a difference to that one dog!

4.  You will fight puppy mills.  By adopting a dog, you will be making sure that puppy mills aren't supported with your hard earned dollars.  Better yet, if you adopt a dog from the shelter you will know that your hard earned money (adoption fee) will go on to help more dogs!

5.  Your lives will be filled with adventure.  You and your adopted dog can have so many great adventures together whether it is just a walk to the park or a big hike in the woods.  Remember:  Life is either a great adventure or nothing (Helen Keller).  So why not share it with a dog?

Do you have a favorite reason why someone should adopt a dog?


  1. Yes to all of them!! To save the life of a shelter dog you gain more than you ever imagine. All dogs deserve love and a forever family!!

  2. They're better friends than humans. Both dogs here were on the "list" at one point and came close to not being around.

  3. There's no better entertainment.

  4. Ah there are just SO many reasons to adopt aren't there?!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  5. Such wonderful reasons, and there are so many more!!
    Right now...couchtime snuggles is tops on the list!
    Adopted dog, Arty

  6. We agree with all of the above! :)

  7. I know it is shocking, but my sisters and I are all adopted, but from reputable breeders. Most of the same five reasons apply. Mom tries to give us the best lives possible and we love to help her out with hers. We adopt those pesty felines from there is some balance at our place.

  8. Love your pic, Oz! SMILES!

  9. PAWsome reasons :-) The BEST Unconditional LOVE <3 Woofs to you and your mom Oz

  10. Excellent reasons to opt to adopt. Bentley was adopted from a family that wasn't ready for a new puppy. He was a surprise birthday present for the man. Puppies are never a good surprise gift.

  11. Perfect reasons!
    Lily & Edward

  12. Dogs are such a great part of my life! Love your post!

  13. I totally agree wiv you Oz, you are very wise!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  14. Lady says that as long as she lives (and as long as she doesn't need a seeing eye dog or something like that) every animal who crosses her door will be a rescue (either from a shelter or a rescue). It is a great cause. Thanks for sharing about it.

  15. Oh there are way more reasons than just 5 don't even get us started! Thanks for narrowing it down though. Love Dolly


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