A rescue dog is a dog that is rescued from possible euthanasia, after being found as a stray. It could also be a dog that was saved from an abusive or neglectful home by an animal rescue organization. Another reason is that sometimes, for some crazy reason, a dog owner doesn’t want the dog anymore. Sometimes it could be a result of the owner passing away and there is no one in the family willing to care for the dog.
The majority of dogs end up in rescue between 6 months and 3 years of age. A study conducted by the United States National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), 1998, found that the main reasons for pets being relinquished are: family moving, landlord will not allow pets, too many animals in household, cost of keeping the pet, owner is having personal problems, inadequate facilities, and no homes available for puppies. The study also indicated that 47% of the dogs rescued were not spayed or neutered.
This is why, if you’re thinking of adopting a dog, a rescue would be a wonderful choice. You will being doing the animal a great service an he will reward you with lots of love and affection. Please give serious consideration to this option.
Remember, your pets count!
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