February is the month of love, and what better way to share the love than adopting a pet? If you need a reason to adopt, check out these #relationshipgoals. Because every post is better with dogs, I’m including some dogs who are up for adoption from Best Friends Animal Society.
I know that many of us struggle with the fact that a friend or family member plans to purchase a puppy from a pet store or online. And the truth of the matter is, once they are actively looking, it is really hard to talk them out of it. So, I think the best thing to do is be proactive.
Before you know someone is looking for a puppy, have a conversation with them (pretty much everyone) about how fantastic rescue dogs are. If you already have a rescue pet, you are a natural advocate for rescues. Talk about how awesome your dog is, but please don’t explain any shortcomings with a generic “he’s a rescue.” That might reinforce a negative stereotype. If you need to explain, say the specific reason you think your dog has issues. But please, also acknowledge that we all have issues.
If, like me, you know that you’ll never buy a puppy mill puppy again, let your friends know that.
Most people are happy to learn from your mistake. I believe that when people know better, they do better.
Share adoptable animals on social media, you never know who might see it. And if you see a super cute dog that is your friend’s favorite breed, tag your friend. She’s going to love seeing the photo and it will let her know that purebreds are up for adoption too. Here is a small smattering of purebred dogs who were once in shelters or rescues.
And while sharing is best, comments and likes increase the likelihood that Facebook and Instagram will share the post with more people.
Of course, as cute as puppies are, nothing beats the love of an old dog! There are tons of senior dogs waiting for a second chance in shelters. If you get the chance to talk up senior pets, take it! Some of the pros include, already house trained, generally less destructive than puppies, adorable, may know lots of tricks, usually fairly content to just hang out.
If your friend or family member insists on buying a puppy, try to steer them to an ethical breeder. They will be supporting someone who loves the breed and is trying to improve the health of dogs, rather than an industry that sees dogs as products.
If you are interested in adopting any of these dogs, please fill out an application at Best Friends. All of these photos are courtesy of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.