Dogs can bring more to your life than you ever thought possible. If you’ve been mulling over the idea of joining the ranks and becoming a dog owner, consider visiting your local animal shelter instead of going to your nearest breeder or pet store. Every year, shelters across the country take in nearly four million dogs. Aside from the fact that you’re bound to find the perfect companion among all those homeless mutts, here are ten more reasons why you should consider adopting a dog.
1. You’ll save their life
The life of the average shelter dog can take one of two courses—he will be adopted, or he will be euthanized. Although there are “no kill” shelters, approximately 2.7 million animals are still euthanized every year, and 1.2 million of them are dogs. If you choose to adopt a dog, you may not only save his life but will also change his whole world by giving him a better life than he’s ever had the chance to experience.