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8 Reasons to Adopt—Not Buy—Dogs

Can you teach a human new tricks? We think so, which is why we’re going to let these clever canines attempt to teach you why adopting a dog is always better than buying one.

1.When you buy a dog from a pet store, you’re supporting cruel puppy mills. He can’t believe you would ever do that. Not you.

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2.You can’t buy love—but you can adopt it from an animal shelter (and usually for a lot less money than buying a dog from a breeder or a pet store).

3.Most “preowned” dogs are already housetrained.

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4.What’s up, doc, er, dog? Shelters and rescue groups often include vaccinations, microchipping, and spaying or neutering in the adoption fee.

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5.At an animal shelter, you can find a dog to fit your unique personality (even if you’re a little nutty).

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6.You will be rewarded with looks like this and other expressions of gratitude for as long as you both shall live.

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7.Six to 8 million—that’s how many dogs are waiting in animal shelters to be adopted every year. Here are two of them:

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8. Ahhhh, it feels great to know that you saved a life.

What are you waiting for?

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Take our quiz to find out if you’re ready to adopt.

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