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WHY ADOPT?

Adoption is the Caring Option

Every time someone chooses adoption, An Angel Gets Its Wings.

Did you know that approximately 7 million animals are euthanized in the United States each year?  An estimated 25% - 30% of the dogs living in shelters are pure breed dogs, like Boston Terriers. As many 64% of dogs in shelters are killed annually.

Considering these horrific statistics, the breeding  of dogs and cats makes little sense.  Why are people creating more animals when there are so many who are homeless and at risk of being killed?  It is important to realize that not all breeders are irresponsible or only concerned with profiting. Unfortunately, the majority of them are, and what makes the situation worse is how difficult it is to determine the difference. Many breeders fall under the category of “backyard breeders” – breeders who are uneducated, ill-equipped or unprepared to breed dogs. Then there are the “puppy mills” – high volume puppy factories that are only concerned with profiting. The dogs living in puppy mills live in small, filthy cages and the females are forced to breed constantly. There is no concern for the health or well-being of the dogs whatsoever. Generally, dogs purchased from pet stores come from these puppy mills. As long as enough people continue to support these breeding businesses, the abuse and neglect will continue. You really can make a difference, by opting to adopt your pets from shelters and reputable rescue groups.

Many people who choose not to adopt do so because they want a puppy. Many of the dogs found in shelters and rescues are there because their owners failed to realize how much work raising a puppy is. Puppies are very cute, but they are also very demanding. They are unable to “hold it” for long at all, and teaching “potty training” takes a long time and a lot of patience helps the rescue continue to care for dogs that (and carpet cleaner). Puppies teethe therefore they chew. Puppies are often responsible for the can feel good about where your money is going. destruction of shoes, socks, pillows, books, and upholstery, even when they are closely watched. Often they digest bits of what they have torn apart or other dangerous objects, and have to be rushed to the vet. Puppies are full of energy and require a lot of attention and exercise. Left to entertain themselves they can really do some damage. Training takes a lot of time and practice, and when family members aren’t consistent and dedicated, the result is usually an uncontrollable, misbehaved dog. Rescue dogs have usually grown past their chewing, biting, whining, “accident” making stage. An adult dog usually has better control over when and where the do their “business”. Rescue dogs temporarily live in foster homes where they have often been housebroken. They have usually received some basic obedience training and have matured beyond the excessive energy of puppies. This is not to say they are not playful, just not exhausting. Boston Terriers have a prolonged adolescence and retain their puppy-like characteristics for years.

Some people do not understand why adopting a dog from a rescue is not free. The mindset here is that if you are going to have to pay for a dog anyway, why not get a new one? The first flaw in this rationalization is looking at rescue dogs as used dogs. The second is not only does it cost more to buy a puppy than it does a rescue, but rescue dogs have been altered, are up-to-date on all their shots, and are on preventative treatment for heartworm and fleas. These treatments are very costly and time consuming, and adopting a rescue dog saves both time and money. Rescue organizations are non-profit. The cost of adoption rarely even covers the actual cost of caring for one dog. Paying the adoption fee helps the rescue continue to care for dogs that desperately need help. By choosing to adopt, you can feel good about where your money is going.

One of the biggest advantages to adopting a rescue is that you can really pick a dog that suits your lifestyle. Because the dogs live in a foster home, their foster parents can tell you everything about each dog’s personality. They can tell you how they react around children, cats, and other dogs. You will be able to ask questions and you will be able to decide on the perfect match for you or your family. Many dogs end up in shelters and rescues because their owners were disappointed with the adult dogs their puppies grew up to be.

The most rewarding part of adopting a dog from a rescue is the deep bond that is formed. Rescued dogs look at their owners as their heroes. Having had a difficult start in life, they are unbelievably grateful and want only to please. Rescues are more often than not remarkably loving and devoted.

Choosing to adopt rather than to buy a dog is a compassionate choice, and the rewards are countless. If you or someone you know is looking to add a four-legged friend to their family, please remember that adoption is the caring option.

All SCBTR dogs are fully vetted at the time of adoption which includes shots, fecal and heartworm test, worming and will be current on a monthly heartworm medication, been spayed or neutered, micro chipped, and have been treated for any current health issues. SCBTR adoption fee varies by dog and goes to cover the cost of vetting our rescues.

Choosing to adopt rather than to buy a dog is a compassionate choice, and the rewards are countless. If you or someone you know is looking to add a four-legged friend to their family, please remember that adoption is the caring option.

Southern Cross Boston Terrier Rescue has a wide range of dogs available for adoption.  We are pleased to be a part of Petfinder.  You may view the dogs we have available for adoption below.