Why Adopt a Dog?

29 02 2012

Its simple- 

One of my animal companions, Frosty, would share his story if he could.  We adopted him just a few years ago from a New Jersey animal rescue group.

Frosty is a pure bred Samoyed, very white and fluffy. Unfortunately, his cute appearance was they reason he was subjected to a horrible start in life. He was a breeder dog, used by a man for his home business. To this day Frosty still cowers at the site of older white men.

Frosty, along with 8 other dogs, was seized from this man’s house after an investigation into animal cruelty.  Once the rescue group took him in they quickly discovered the tortures this underweight dog lived through.

Frosty had spent the first two-three years of his life in a crate (his age is only a guesstimate from the vet).  He was not house broken, this led the rescue group to believe that he was never allowed out of his crate! It was clear that he had never walked on a leash, his thick white fur coat was never cared for, and his overgrown nails were never cut (simply chewed off, along with some of the fur on his feet).

When we first took Frosty in he had to wear a diaper at night.  We could not even try to crate train him, simply because he would get very upset when confined by a baby-gate.  Frosty would not go outside alone, and would follow me around the house EVERYWHERE (after he learned how to walk up and down stairs).  It took months before my husband could pet him without the dog trying to cower away.

The man who caused this dog so much mental anguish claimed he was a certified breeder.  He sold puppies through newspaper ads and to pet stores. This man bred dogs for years, treating his dogs no better than the dogs in puppy mills.

Frosty is on of the lucky ones, he is now a well-tempered, house broken, and loved member of our family.

We know that not all ‘breeders’ treat their dogs so horrifically, though it would take weeks of me living in their home to believe that their dogs are well-treated.

Until the list of dogs waiting for adoption all but diminishes, there is little reason to go to a breeder.  Resources like Petfinder.com connect adopters to thousands of potential family members.  Patient adopters are likely to find the breed, age, and personality they desire in a four legged companion.




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