10 Reasons to Adopt a Rescue Dog

Long Island Dog Rescue Center

Deciding to adopt a rescue pet or shelter dog is an important life decision. It can be tough to take into account everything you’ll need to be prepared for (both expected and unexpected). However, the rewards of adopting a four-legged friend outweigh most concerns and fears many people have concerning dog adoption. Still not convinced? Let’s take a look at our top 10 reasons to adopt a dog.


1. You’re Saving More Than One Life 

It goes without saying that when you adopt a rescue pet, you’re saving a life—but you’re actually saving more than one dog. By adopting a dog from a shelter, you’re helping make space for another animal that is in need. Helping to give them the opportunity to find a new home and become beloved pets and family members.

2. Unconditional Love! What Could Be Better? 

Many people worry about connecting with a rescued dog, but shelter dogs have so much love to give. And they won’t ever stop giving it to you once you let them into your heart!


3. You’re Giving a Second Chance to a Deserving Animal 

Beyond just helping an animal in need, you are giving a rescue dog an opportunity to find their voice, to be themselves and get a second chance to become a dog beyond the walls of the shelter. You truly give them the keys to start a new life where second chances can often be hard to come by.

4.  Opportunity to Stay Active

Maybe you are trying to live a more active lifestyle, or maybe you’re just looking for a new adventure. Either way, a new four-legged friend gives you a reason to get outdoors more and stretch your legs! Having a dog in your life give you the opportunity to be more active in your day-to-day habits.


5.  You Have Someone New to Shop For 

It’s always fun to spoil your pets and bringing home a new furry family member gives you a reason to do just that. You can enjoy all the retail therapy you want while making sure your new rescue dog is living in the lap of luxury.

6. You’re Fighting Back Against Cruel Breeding

Puppies purchased at pet stores almost always come from cruel breeding facilities where dogs are confined to small, filthy spaces and receive little to no veterinary care. However, by adopting from your local shelter or rescue center, you are giving back to your community instead of helping cruel breeders profit.


7. Destress and Unwind with a Rescue Dog

Life is full of stresses, but your rescue dog is always there to listen. They won’t ever judge you or let you down. Taking some time to destress with your furry friends can help you unwind and keep you at peace. Having a rescue dog and a new companion is a great way to improve your mental health.

8. Increase Your Social Interactions

Getting out there with your pet can also help you make new human friends, too! You can befriend other pet parents, or even meet someone special when you’re making the rounds at your local dog park or dog-friendly café. Having a rescue dog by your side is a great way to increase the circle of people in your life and find people who have similar interests.


9. A Lifelong BFF

What could be better than having a lifelong friend? In your time with your rescue dog, you’ll have a confidante, a pal and ultimately—a beloved family member. You will never feel lonely and in return neither will your shelter dog. Get a lifelong BFF when you adopt a rescue dog.

10. Life Will Never Be Boring Again

One thing that’s for certain is that life with a rescue dog brings big changes in the best way possible! Say goodbye to predictable nights and your boring routine and say hello to a new lease on life. Your new pet will keep life exciting, fresh and full of love. Each day brings new adventures and mischief that you wouldn’t have if you did not decide to adopt a rescue dog.