Monday, June 19, 2017

Great Reasons to Adopt a Rescue Dog

A former senior physician at the Sarasota County Department of Health, Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough has a career in public health that spans more than four decades. In her current role, she serves as staff supervisor at St. Francis Animal Rescue in Venice, Florida.

Adopting a rescue dog affords a pet owner several benefits compared to purchasing a newborn puppy from a breeder. Here are three reasons why a rescue animal may be a better fit for your household:

1. The majority of dogs that are housed in rescue shelters have already been house-trained. By adopting a rescue dog, the owner can bypass much of the frustration that comes with having to train a puppy to use the bathroom outside and not chew furniture. 

2. For dogs that have been fostered, the potential owner gets the benefit of knowing how the dog will behave in a home environment before taking the pet home themselves. This is especially helpful for owners who already have animals in the house since it will be important to know if the dog can get along well with other pets.

3. Rescue dogs have already been vaccinated, as well as spayed or neutered. Therefore, when potential owners choose to adopt from a shelter, they know they are getting an animal that has undergone thorough health screenings by trained personnel.

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