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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.

Clyde the Dog Laying Outside© Kencredible

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).

Maxine the dog needs a home

3. Most “preowned” dogs are already housetrained.

Simon the chihuahua dog

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

Cute Dog getting tummy rubs PETA Spayathon 2014

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

Happy Waylon the dog

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

Susie Q the Dog (2)

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:

two small dogs looking out of cage

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

Skippy the Chihuahua dog at the beach 2

What are you waiting for?

Squirrel the chihuahua dog with family

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

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