10 Reasons to Adopt a Stray Dog

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: September 18, 2019
10 Reasons to Adopt a Stray Dog

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There are millions of dogs abandoned on the streets around the world, and combating this alarming number seems like an almighty task. Especially because of the easy reproduction of dogs and the irresponsibility of many people.

We at AnimalWised know that this is a serious problem that must be solved, for which we want to help create awareness of animal abandonment. If you've ever wondered why you should adopt a street dog, we have 10 reasons for you to do so.

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1. You learn responsibility

Rescuing a stray dog ​​or adopting from a shelter is a decision that should not be taken lightly, and that compromises you for the rest of the animal's life. That is why adoption will help you become more responsible, having another living being that depends on you is a huge responsibility.

10 Reasons to Adopt a Stray Dog - 1. You learn responsibility

2. You save lives

Millions of dogs are slaughtered in shelters due to overpopulation, while those who remain on the streets lead a life of fear, hunger, cold and physical abuse. You can see the sadness reflected on their faces.

Adopting a street dog will save their life, giving them a second chance to have a home and live a dignified and happy life. But also, if you have enough free space you should welcome a second dog, who will also be waiting for their perfect family.

10 Reasons to Adopt a Stray Dog - 2. You save lives

3. Fights against the buying and selling of living beings

When buying a dog in a pet store or from a breeder, you contribute to the breeding, legal or not, of animals, and in most cases this is done in poor conditions for poor dogs.

Breeders do not care that females are giving birth throughout their lives, unwillingly, and often go hungry, cold, suffer serious illnesses and mistreatment of all kinds. When you think about buying a dog, remember all this and do not support the abuse.

10 Reasons to Adopt a Stray Dog - 3. Fights against the buying and selling of living beings

4. It improves your health

Several studies have shown the positive effect that a dog has on the health of people. Not only is it proven that children having contact with an animal will help them develop the necessary defenses against allergies, but they also take care of your cardiovascular health, help fight stress and relax you. Discover the benefits of petting a dog with AnimalWised.

10 Reasons to Adopt a Stray Dog - 4. It improves your health

5. You earn a friend for life

If you have ever felt isolated, after you have adopted a dog you will never feel alone again. A dog's love has no limits, they will accompany you in the good and bad, will wait for you at the door every day and will be sympathetic to your emotions.

10 Reasons to Adopt a Stray Dog - 5. You earn a friend for life

6. You will always be protected

We don't mean to train a dog for your protection as a guard dog. But, upon being chosen as part of a family, the dog will become unconditional protector of their relatives. Dogs, by instinct, take care of and protect their "herd", in this case you and your herd. And they don't need any special training to do so.

10 Reasons to Adopt a Stray Dog - 6. You will always be protected

7. Helps educate your children

A dog at home helps your children to be responsible, as they must also take care of the dog. In addition, teach them from a young age to respect other living beings, generating awareness of the feelings of animals and raising their children to be better people. On the other hand, the dog will be an ideal companion for playing games and having fun!

10 Reasons to Adopt a Stray Dog - 7. Helps educate your children

8. Improves social life

Taking your dog for a walk not only allows you to be more active, it is also a good way to socialize and meet other people, both owners of other dogs and those who want to stop to pet your pet, for example. In a short time you will know practically all the dogs in your area, as well as their owners.

10 Reasons to Adopt a Stray Dog - 8. Improves social life

9. You adopt a unique animal

Dogs that are abandoned on the street and protected in shelters are usually cross-breeds (we can also find dogs of race), so they are specimens of unique appearance and well-defined personalities, some different from others.

In this way, you can take home a dog who looks like you or has a similar personality! Unfortunately both adult dogs and puppies are in need of a home, so it is up to you to decide which you can devote your time to. Have a thorough think before you make your decision.

10 Reasons to Adopt a Stray Dog - 9. You adopt a unique animal

10. You will save money

Needless to say, buying a dog from a breeders will cost you quite a great deal of money and nothing guarantees that they will live long, considering the poor conditions they are often brought up in. Likewise, these purebreds are often born with defects and are prone to diseases.

Taking home a stray dog will not cost you anything but the responsibility of taking care of them. If you take them from a shelter, they may even have been sterilized and vaccinated already.

10 Reasons to Adopt a Stray Dog -  10. You will save money

We hope we have convinced you of the wonderful act of adopting a dog. You will not only be saving and enriching their life, but enriching your own too. If you have any doubts at all, AnimalWised has plenty of informative content to help both new and experienced pet owners. Feel free to leave us a question in the comments section too!

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April Raymond
My boyfriend is practically the dog whisperer. He found this poor dog which has apparently been living in the woods across the street from us. He named him Roscoe. He got Roscoe from hiding when he brought food to letting him pet him and Roscoe whining when he comes. So we got ready as we already have a mastiff rottie mix at home to keep them separated untill.Roscoe can be vet checked and we make sure he isn't someone's lost dog. We don't think he is. Only snag was when my boyfriend tried to put a collar on Roscoe. He nipped at the collar. Otherwise he's a very good/gentle dog. My boyfriend was concerned about this but I think it's just a stray thing. Could it be? We've fallen head over heels in love with this fur baby and bonus. Roscoe has gained weight with the dry food and treats and could be the healthiest stray ever! But we want him home.
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Hi April,

Adopting a stray dog is one of the kindest things you can do for our canine friends. Sounds like you have a lot of it in hand, but going to the vet is the most important thing. They will run a chip check in case they are a lost dog (unfortunately many are carelessly abandoned). You will also need to be careful with any dog that they are properly socialized. Many have also experienced trauma which means they can have behavioral problems. You should start educating them right away. Along with all the love you already seem to be giving, this is the best for their welfare. Nipping at the collar is common for adult dogs if they have never worn one before. They should get used to it with time.
There are 4 dogs in my street, I also feed them , but people beat them , I feel very sad many time I also cry , because , I love animals so much , I m very eemmotttiinal person so that's reason of cry ,. But no one is with me , no one can stop. Them what do, ,..I do , I have trouble ,
I have lot of attachment to nature , I trust them , please save them , ask them all whose name are , ask them also who have no names ... Save and adopt street animals...
Annie Thomas
Really enjoyed this post - adopt don't shop!
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