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Top 15 Reasons To Adopt A Shelter Dog

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month! Visit your local shelter to meet adoptable dogs of every size, age, and personality. If you are looking for a particular breed, you can also visit sites like to find breed specific rescue groups.

I am a big believer that we are led to the right dog (or cat) at the right time. Ruby entered my life a month after Pip passed away – she saved me as much as I saved her. Your perfect fit, one-in-a-lifetime dog is out there waiting for you right now. Go find each other!

Disclaimer: This post is a celebration of dogs and dog adoption. Dogs are individuals and this post is just for fun and not intended as a serious study of dog behavior. 

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

15 Reasons To Adopt A Shelter Dog Today

1. Dogs make great team players. Even when there is no team.

2. Dogs never judge. Especially on those days when you stay in your pajamas, watch bad TV, and eat chips all day (as long as you share).

3. Dogs are always happy to see you. Whether you are gone a month or five minutes, your dog will be there waiting, tail wagging, going bonkers when you home.

15 reasons to adopt a shelter dog during Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month

4. Dogs are cheaper than therapists. Dogs naturally ease depression, reduce anxiety, and improve self-esteem – even when they struggle with these issues themselves.

5. Dogs are peacemakers. Almost always willing to break bread or share the couch with their natural rivals (cats).

6. Dogs offer an alternative energy source. Naturally brightening and warming your day without batteries, electricity or re-charging.

top 15 reasons rescue dogs rock and why you should adopt a shelter dog today

7. Dogs are like Buddhists. Dogs find beauty in all things (even smelly dead things).

8. Dogs are natural healers. No need for medical school; dogs reduce stress, improve heart health, strengthen immunity and some studies suggest, prevent allergies.

9. Dogs are complicated, but in a good way. Afraid of small things, but brave when it matters most.

Save a life adopt and rescue a dog this October Adopt-A-Dog Month

10. Dogs are overachievers. And when left alone, they may go searching for DIY projects on Pinterest like “5 Ways To Tip Over The Garbage Can Without Making A Mess

11. Dogs always root for the underdog. Dogs make wonderful, supportive companions for those with physical or emotional challenges as well as seniors and children with learning issues.

12. Dogs believe in happily ever after endings. How about you?

Adopt an older dog with health issues in honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

13. Dogs think you are a rock star. No matter how the rest of the world sees you in your dog’s eyes you are the coolest person ever.

14. Dogs always do the right thing. Aside from the occasional distraction (see Pinterest warning above), dogs represent our very best selves. They are never cruel, dishonest or judgmental. Always grateful, kind, loyal, brave, and genuinely want to make things better.

15. Dogs never give up. There are thousands of dogs refusing to give up in shelters around the country RIGHT NOW. Don’t let them down. Please consider adopting one (or more if you are super special) rescue dogs today.

Visit your local shelter to adoptable dogs of all ages, sizes, and personalities

Celebrate Adopt-Shelter-Dog Month By Helping Dogs

If you are not in position to adopt a dog, why not foster, donate, volunteer or help other dogs in your community. You can participate in dog transport; walk dogs for seniors or other homebound seniors in your neighborhood; collect pet food and deliver it to your local food kitchen for homeless pet owners; host a dog-friendly party and ask guests to bring a donation for a shelter or rescue. So many dogs in need, so many ways to help!

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Top 15 Reasons To Adopt A Dog During Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month


  1. Mark Muller
    October 13, 2017 / 5:14 am

    I agree we all have something we have to struggle with… and I hope this month ends with a lot of furever homes…

  2. Kinley Westie
    October 13, 2017 / 5:38 am

    Pawsome reasons to get a pup!

  3. Yamini MacLean
    October 13, 2017 / 9:19 am

    Hari OMwonderfurs list and OMD… I's in luuurrrvvv with Lottie… hope they all find their furever homes furry furry soon! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  4. Molly the AireGirl
    October 13, 2017 / 9:47 am

    That is the perfect list and it's all true!

  5. Emma
    October 13, 2017 / 10:30 am

    Nothing wrong with shelter dogs! Mom loved her first dog who was a shelter dog, a big 100 lb black dog actually! It just has to be the right thing at the time. Mom says it is like kids, there are so many children who need homes but people still choose to have their own instead. There is a right time to adopt and if that time is right, Mom would adopt again, but it is not in our plan at this time. We do adopt shelter cats, though.

  6. Millie and Walter
    October 13, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    Those are many of the reasons our pawrents adopted us. Rescues Rock!

  7. Jan
    October 13, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    That is a great list…life without a dog is not a life worth living.

  8. Marg
    October 13, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Those are all so very true. I so miss having a dog but with the population of the cats here, there just isn't any way to fit a dog into the mix. But a dog is just the best companion there ever will be.

  9. Brian
    October 13, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    Absolutely, shelter dogs are the best, best, best!

  10. Madi and Mom
    October 13, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Oh my yes indeed adopt a shelter dog ASAP. One of our local shelters took in about 50 dogs from a shelter in Puerto Rico. Hugs madi and mom

  11. The Swiss Cats
    October 13, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    Pawsome list ! Pets are the best family members ! Purrs

  12. Annie
    October 13, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    Thank you. *tears* It is so very, very true. Hugs.

  13. Mama and da DB Boyz
    October 13, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    What a great post with some great reasons to adopt a shelter dog!

  14. Bella Roxy & Macdui
    October 13, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    Though SHE has always loved scotties which are rare and expensive here in Oz so all the scotties were planned. Roxy and many of the dogs we play with at the river were shelter dogs and they, after getting over a few teething problems are wonderful animals.

  15. Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat
    October 13, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    What adorable models you found!

  16. Eastside Cats
    October 13, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    Adopt, don't shop!The Hubby and I have already agreed that when we get a dog, we'll adopt one.

  17. Idaho PugRanch
    October 13, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    What great reasons to adopt a shelter doghugsHazel & Mabel

  18. Cathy Armato
    October 13, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    I love your photo collage of those beautiful dogs! These are all fabulous reasons but my faves are #6 & 10, LOL! They're so clever.Love & biscuits, Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  19. Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song
    October 14, 2017 / 1:02 am

    Those are all great reasons and I am sure you could add 1,000 more

  20. M. K. Clinton
    October 14, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    These are all terrific reasons to adopt a shelter dog!

  21. meowmeowmans
    October 16, 2017 / 3:27 am

    You are so right. Those are fantastic reasons to adopt a shelter dog! They rock!

  22. Jeanne Pursell
    October 16, 2017 / 7:05 am

    The shelter dogs that we adopted over the years have just been the best dogs! Of course…my last three have come from Rescue. These are all great reasons to consider adopting a shelter dog. Sometimes…it is the owner with the problem…not the dog!

  23. Groovy Goldendoodles
    October 17, 2017 / 1:05 am

    Insightful – well written

  24. Kamira G
    October 18, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    Great list! Some of these same things can be said for cats too. Dogs are awesome . It's no wonder they get the title "Mans best friend".

  25. Lola The Rescued Cat
    October 18, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    I love your list, and number 10 made me giggle. I would love to see that pin! Shelter pets are the best! They just need some understanding and patience. It took Lexy several months to settle in but now she rules the roost.

  26. Tonya Wilhelm
    October 18, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    How inspiring. What a great top 15 for adopting a shelter dog. My cat was a stray and he gives way more in return than I could have ever imagined.

  27. Pawz Crossed
    October 18, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    I never rescued from a shelter but I picked up our dog on the side of the road. She was just laying in the ditch full of fleas and ticks. Skin and bones. And she is the best dog with our daughters. Rescues are definitely the best!

  28. Her and Her Dogs
    October 18, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    LOVE this post. I can't decide which is my favourite reason – good thing I don't have to! I wouldn't trade my four rescues for the world.

  29. Dash Kitten
    October 18, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    A pet gives us a reason to get up in the am if we feel low. Get up and kick some ass into that day with your own shelter dog! (looks over shoulder) Or CAT ;-)People need a reason to adopt a shelter dog? I can't believe so many don't * shakes head *

  30. Debbie Bailey
    October 18, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    This is perfect! We definitely have just as many issues, if not more, than most rescue dogs I know! lol I love the "alternative energy source" one… too perfect 🙂

  31. Unknown
    October 18, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    This is a wonderful list…. I love it that you are rescuing two pets — the one you adopt and one you make space for. ~ Dear Mishu

  32. Beth Patterson
    October 18, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    All of those are great reasons to adopt a dog! Rescue dogs make amazing companions.

  33. Tenacious Little Terrier
    October 18, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    Mr. N says to add you'll never be alone again! He is also literally a peacemaker. If he thinks people are arguing, he'll interject himself in the middle and tap you with his paw and look at you accusingly.

  34. Heather Wallace
    October 18, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    All amazing reasons to rescue a dog today. I cannot imagine my life without Gonzo and Beau. They have brought so much joy!

  35. Ruth Epstein
    October 18, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    Only Shelter dogs in my house, they need homes and parents to look after them. No breeder will even get a penny from me.

  36. Jana Rade
    October 18, 2017 / 11:34 pm

    There are lot of advantages to adopting. Cookie is an absolute doll. We made up our mind we'll only adopt from now on.

  37. Dolly theDoxie
    October 19, 2017 / 1:38 am

    Such a good reminder about adopted dogs. Dolly is for sure all of those things and even more. i need to do something about this too. Sandra and Dolly

  38. TheGirlWhoFacedTheWorld
    October 19, 2017 / 2:04 am

    Shelter dogs truly are some of the best around. Not only are you saving a life, but they truly have even more love to give because of how appreciative they are!! – Shelby G.

  39. Sweet Purrfections
    October 19, 2017 / 2:14 am

    I grew up with dogs and loved them. I still enjoy being with family's dogs.

  40. Jan K
    October 19, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    Dogs didn't come into my life until a bit later, but I now cannot imagine being without one. Issues? Yeah….I have a lot, and who better than a dog to love me in spite of them, and it helps me to understand theirs better too. ♥

  41. Three Chatty Cats
    October 23, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    We rescued our dog 14 years ago! He's still hanging in there and puts up with the cats like any good older bro would. He was our first pet and will always hold a special place in our hearts.

  42. ShaylaS11
    October 24, 2017 / 12:13 am

    Sooooo many awesome reasons to find a rescue pal!

  43. Heather
    November 18, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    So true. This is a great post. It makes it so hard not to adopt them all.

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