All this April has been National Pet Month in the UK and we are celebrating and promoting responsible pet ownership right up until 7 May.
And it has also been, of course, Be That 30 For 30 … 30 dogs, 30 homes, 30 days. What could be more responsible than adopting a dog in rescue?! There are so many reasons adopting a rescue dog is one of the best things you can do.
First of all, you are genuinely saving lives and changing minds.
Unfortunately, with the wonderful rise in the popularity of dogs there has also been the rise in unscrupulous and irresponsible breeding, puppy mills, and pet shop dealing in puppies. The mothers and fathers usually suffer terribly in unacceptable conditions and the puppies are often weaned early to be made immediately accessible and available, like bread on a shelf. They are a form of instant gratification in a consumer culture of canine commodities. Reputable breeders, on the other hand, want to meet people, consider and appraise prospective owners, and may even refuse them if they are considered unsuitable. All of this slows down the instant commodity culture of pet ownership and pet fashions. It’s a sorry state of affairs, but just like Veruca Salt, many prospective owners think only, I want it now! And so the puppy mills continue to thrive. Changing minds has become so important to dog welfare.
There is a lot of evidence that rescue dogs really and truly want to love you with all their heart.
Whether you think it’s gratitude or relief or whatever, rescue dogs do really want to interact with you. And apparently they want to do so even more than your average pooch. You are also doing amazing things for a rescue dog, just by showing some love. You are genuinely changing their whole world. You’ve heard of 15 minutes of fame? Well, you can’t imagine how wonderful 15 minutes of petting is for a shelter dog! Even if you can’t adopt, fostering or volunteering can mean to world to a shelter dog.
And you will benefit more than you can imagine.
Being kind improves a human’s sense of wellbeing. Imagine your wellbeing after adopting and transforming the life of a rescue dog! And even if you cannot adopt, just seeing someone adopting and changing the life of a rescue pup can help you as well, because witnessing acts of kindness between strangers can really make your day.