Isn't adopting a rescue dog like buying a used car? When
you buy a used car you are getting something broken, something that
has outlived its usefulness. With a used car you are getting
someone else's problems so isn't it the same when you adopt a
rescue dog?? This mind set makes us laugh because it so not
true. There are lots of great used cars out there just as there are
too many great rescue dogs looking for homes.
Like buying a used car, when considering adopting a dog you need
to do your research. You need to figure out what works for
you, what fits with your lifestyle, what your financial realities
are and what your preferences are, but that is pretty much where
the parallels in this mind set end.
Rescue dogs are not broken. They may come with some
baggage, they may not be perfect, they may have some interesting
stories to tell us if they could, but they are not heaps of junk or
bad dogs. They are sentient beings that deserve our love and
People often assume that a rescue dog will require an investment
of time and energy for training purposes. This is true.
Dogs who have been neglected, abandoned or abused will need
socialization and training …but so will any dogs that can be
purchased as brand new models. All dogs need
guidelines, leadership and exposure to new situations.
Regardless if the dog you are welcoming into your family is off the
assembly line or from the gently used lot, as a responsible dog
parent you will be committing this time and energy.
What some of our adoptive parents are amazed with is the
strength of the bond with their rescue dog. We have often
witnessed that rescue dogs are so appreciative of kindness and
affection that they are eager to become part of their new loving
When you fill your home with a rescue dog (or more than one) you
fill your home with love. I know that I am biased because I
have both used cars and rescue dogs in my life but I each and every
one of you that read this can help us change the mindset that
rescue dogs are broken and no good.