Six Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Dog

by Edie Jarolim

In anticipation of Z Living's upcoming original show Finding Fido, where underwater dog photographer (yes, that's right) and behaviorist Seth Casteel hosts plays matchmaker each week between a person and a pooch, we're collecting and telling a series of heart-warming pet stories.Follow along and check back often; we'll have plenty to share!

Every aspiring dog owner needs to make a decision about where to find their pooch. For those not sold on the idea of a “rescue,” we put together six reasons why you should adopt a shelter dog.

benefits-of-opening-your-homeYou'll Save Lives

According to the ASPCA, some 3.9 million dogs end up in shelters each year. Approximately 1.2 million of them are euthanized. Knowing that you’re saving a dog’s life – and making room for another dog to be saved in a shelter – is important and something to be proud of.

You’ll Have Fun Playing “Guess That Mix"

According to the latest studies, about 95% of dogs in shelters are mixed breeds. You can play games with friends trying to guess what the pooch’s background is, and enjoy the variety of lovable traits that come with mixed breeds.

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Adopting A Dog From A Shelter Will Save You Money.

Pet adoption fees not only include spay and neuter costs, but they are generally far lower than what you’d pay to a pet shop or backyard breeder, in which cases you’re likely being overcharged.


A Veterinary Professional Will Have Checked Your Dog

benefits-of-opening-your-home-to-shelter-petMost shelters have veterinarians on staff who spay, neuter, check for injuries and diseases. In addition, in many places, local vets will do a free wellness check in their offices for a dog referred to them by a shelter.


You’ll Find A Great Dog

Most dogs end up in shelters through no fault of their own. Their owners died or divorced, or had to move to a place that doesn’t allow pets. Shelter dogs are not damaged goods; they rock as much as other dogs do.

Your New BFF  Will Be Eternally Grateful.

It seems like every day another study comes out revealing how much dogs know about their surroundings and about the humans they live with. There is no question that shelter dogs are aware that they have been saved, whether from doggie incarceration or death. When you save a pup, you start out the relationship with triple loyalty points.

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finding-fidoWatch on Z LivingFinding Fido, where photographer and animal behaviorist Seth Casteel hosts plays matchmaker each week between a person and a pooch. ​Finding Fido premieres on Z Living on January 17, 2017 (we know, we know, we're eager to watch too!).

In the meantime, we'll be sharing plenty of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and yes, adorable dog pics from the set of Finding Fido to keep you in the loop. Follow along and check back often.

Tell us YOUR heartwarming dog story! We're starting a new series called How I Found My Fido and would love to hear from you. Click here to submit your story.

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