21 Reasons To Rescue A Dog From A Shelter If You’re Used To Buying From Breeders

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If you're considering getting a dog, it might be tempting to look up local breeders in your area, but what you might not realize is that there are tons of reasons to rescue a dog from a shelter, rather than buying. Shelters and rescues around the U.S. rehome millions of dogs per year, and there's a reason they're so popular; rescue dogs are pretty amazing, and you can get the chance to make a real difference in the life of an animal that's had a rough time.

Around 3.3 million dogs enter U.S. shelters every year, according to the ASPCA. There are a lot of reasons that a dog might end up in a shelter: because its owners became ill, didn't realize the work pet ownership involved, or had the dog taken away. A dog might also end up in a shelter because it was found, rescued, a stray, or was born while its mother was in shelter care. Shelter dogs, like people, have hugely diverse stories and no single one is the same. Don't let your preconceptions about what a rescue dog "must be like" get in the way of finding companionship; if you're in the market for a loving canine companion and had never really thought about shelters, here are 21 reasons a shelter or rescue dog might be perfect for you.