Rescue Dogs Can Save You Too!

A Dog for Life – Rescue Dogs Can Save You Too

The following article was contributed by freelance writer, Jenny Holt

Dog at shelter

There are many reasons for wanting a pet. It might be for companionship, or because the children won’t stop asking, and they’ve demonstrated that they’re old enough for the responsibility. Whatever the reason, owning a dog is a lifelong commitment, although some don’t realize that their dog can save their own life.

Adopting A Dog

Adopting, or rescuing, a dog has become the preferred way of becoming a dog owner in recent years. Each year over 1.4 million dogs are adopted in the US, and humane associations encourage potential dog owners to adopt from a shelter, rather than buy from a breeder. This is because of the appalling conditions dogs are kept in at puppy mills, with the moms being kept in cages solely for breeding with no human contact. After they’ve served their purpose, these dogs are usually abandoned, contributing to the high rates of abandoned dogs taken in by shelters. There are around 3.9 million dogs currently in shelters in the USA. It is much better to adopt, and help combat this cruel practice.

Once you’ve adopted your new dog, you’ll be able to give him or her a loving home. A special bond will form, or it might have already formed; it’s common to develop an attachment at the dog shelter.

Dogs Can Rescue Too

Despite often being known as ‘rescues’, dogs adopted from shelters can also provide great services to families and individuals. They’re the perfect companion. Fiercely loyal and loving, dogs will keep you company forever, and are often lifelong friends to their owners.

They can also provide a service to the disabled, with guide dogs being very common. Other types of service dogs have been trained to spot impending medical problems, such as seizures. This ability to provide an early warning for seizures and other problems can save lives. Beyond this, dogs are great for therapy, helping to tackle loneliness and bring friendship to those who have been isolated.

As well as this, dogs can also rescue people, and are often used by Search and Rescue teams when searching for missing people. It’s not just humans whom rescue dogs can locate, as they can also find missing pets like cats as well as other dogs.

Dogs For Life

Dogs are friends for life, and adopting one can change their lives, as well as yours. It’s a big commitment to adopt a dog, as you’ll be taking on responsibility for them, but it’ll be worth it. And who knows, maybe they’ll save your life, too?

READY TO LET A DOG RESCUE YOU?Elsie - Camano Isl Animal Shelter
This is Elise
a female German Shepherd/Leonberger
Waiting for you at the Camano Island Animal Shelter


Check out your local shelter or click on Petfinder.

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8 Responses to Rescue Dogs Can Save You Too!

  1. Mary E. Trimble January 25, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

    Our English Pointer is the first dog we’ve adopted from a shelter. We couldn’t be more pleased–she’s a gem. Nice blog, Patricia.

  2. Rev. Dr. Norman W. Wilson, PhD January 25, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

    Hey, Doc.
    Glad you pointed this out.We often forget that service and love goes both ways.

  3. Dirk Peterson January 25, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

    Hi Patricia, Great article and so very true as we have rescued both dogs and cats form Camano Animal Shelter. They indeed are life long companions. My wife trained a Sheltie to become a therapy dog which was great therapy for patients and my wife.

    Keep up the good work, Dirk

  4. Boris January 25, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

    I am sharing this with a new friend, (Ann Cameron) that you will meet at the Feb dinner, date TBD. Hugs to you, my dearest Natasha…

  5. Barbara Peterson January 25, 2017 at 9:05 pm #

    Grrrrreat article! Thank you so much. Barbara

  6. Suzanne January 25, 2017 at 10:13 pm #

    Enjoyed the article. The number of dogs in shelters is appalling!

  7. Gloria Yarina January 26, 2017 at 12:42 am #

    Terrific article, adopt don’t shop!

    BUT, I would like to add, a dog can be adopted from any number of rescue breed groups that pull dogs from kill shelters, vet, foster and get them ready for that forever home. There are also many no-kill groups, big dog rescue organizations and small dog rescue. Just google in your area for Rescue Dogs and find a wide variety of places you can adopt from.

  8. Marie Grime January 27, 2017 at 6:58 am #

    Unconditional love, which can only be offered by virtually all dogs and some cats, can be a cure for whatever you need curing, up to and including a broken heart.

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