It’s National Rescue Dog Day! Three million adoptable dogs enter shelters across the United States each year, making overpopulation a real problem. These pets are patiently waiting to meet their new families and receive a second chance at life! Opening your home to a rescue dog comes with several benefits, some you may have never even considered.

#1 Existing Training

Many shelter dogs have already matured past the puppy stage, spent time in home settings, or have already had other families. So, they’re used to living in a family setting and could already be house-trained, crate-trained, or have experience riding in cars. They may also have some basic obedience commands down-pat, making an easier transition into your home.

#2 Shelter dogs are eager to please

Dogs love unconditionally, and that is twofold for shelter dogs. When you bring a shelter dog home, you provide them a new pack, a comfortable setting, and personalized attention they probably weren’t receiving before. Shelter dogs have a social drive to interact with humans, and they’ll be eager to show you just how grateful they are that you chose to bring them home.

#3 You are saving more than one life

When you adopt a shelter dog, you open up a spot for another pet. With space in shelters limited, this means you’re giving that second dog a much better chance of finding their forever family. Also, supporting shelters means less incentive for puppy mills to continue breeding.

#4 It can be cheaper

The adoption fee for a shelter dog typically includes spay or neuter, all required vaccinations, and microchipping. So, you’ll be able to safely get straight to cuddling and socializing your dog with others without having to worry about booking initial vet appointments to ensure they are up-to-date on vaccinations.

#5 Any breed you like

If you are patient and flexible in your search, you can find any breed you desire to adopt; there are even rescues that specialize in specific purebred dogs. Adopting also means that you can find a unique mix that is just as healthy as a purebred!

#6 Important information

The staff at shelters spend time with each pet that comes through their program; this means you can get insight into a dog’s personality before you adopt them. They can also provide vital information regarding medical history, making it even easier to determine which dog is the right fit for your family.

#7 Your health will benefit from it

Adopting a new dog means increased physical and emotional health. Your new dog will need plenty of exercise, which means you will also get plenty of exercise, helping to combat symptoms of depression and high blood pressure. Your pet will also require socialization, allowing you the opportunity to meet new people and expand your social circle.

Adopting a shelter dog can be a rewarding experience, leading to a life-long bond with a new four-legged family member. The benefits of saving a dog’s life are beyond count and contribute to a happier, healthier life. Take a moment today to celebrate the rescue dogs in your life or contribute to your local shelter.