8 things you should know about shelter dogs

About 25% of shelter dogs are purebred

It is a myth that you cannot find a pure breed in a shelter. Studies have shown that nearly a quarter of the shelter dogs are pure breeds rather than mixed breeds.

Shelters always want you to find a dog that fits your situation and needs

A lot of people think shelters try to push problem dogs to people, but that’s not true. The staff at your local shelter are more interested in getting you a dog that will be a friend and work for you.

Adopting from a shelter is cheaper

If you desire to save some bucks, then adopting a shelter dog is way cheaper than working with a pet shop or breeder.

Shelter dogs are trainable

Shelter dogs are not bred for appearance like most dogs these days. Instead, the dogs are smart and can be trained to work with you. You can visit the nearest shelter around you to find a smarty pants.

Shelter dogs have their unique personality

Don’t make the mistake of thinking of your dog as a “shelter dog,” instead, think of them as your dog. All dogs do have their own unique personality. So getting to know your dog’s unique self is the best way you can honor them.

There are about 3,500 Shelters in the United States

The Human Society of the United States have clearly shown that there are 3,500 shelters in the U.S alone. And as of 2014, there are about 10,000 animal sanctuaries and rescue groups. That year, about 6–8 million dogs and cats entered the shelter system.

Shelter animals are euthanized annually

Statistics have shown that about 3 million shelter animals are euthanized every year and out of this, about 670,000 are dogs.

About 1.6 million dogs are adopted annually

Thanks to the successful outreach programs, adoption rates are growing massively, and shelter dogs are gaining stronger presence in their local communities.

  • Rehabilitation services: These programs are designed to give a second chance to dogs with behavioral issues due to abuse and neglect. They use modern behavioral training techniques to save the lives of dogs that may be otherwise euthanized. In other words, they remind us that good dogs are not born but made.
  • Relocation initiatives: These programs help to move dogs from places with a high number of shelter animals to those with lower rates. This is designed to help more surrendered animals find a place to call home.
  • Disaster preparedness training: These programs are intended to offer educational support to shelters to help them know what to do to serve our canine companions in times of natural disasters. This is effective to boost the rate of adoption after such incidents.


Shelter dogs are good options to adopt and welcome to your family. Forget all the myths and misconceptions carried around about these dog types. Most times, life just happened to them and they do not have control over the circumstance. You’ll be surprised that adopting a shelter dog can be less stressful and more cost-effective.

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