How much is that doggy in the window? Likely, if you’re at a pet store, between $500 and $2,000 depending on the pet store and the breed. This doesn’t include your new puppy’s first medical exam, vaccinations, spay/neuter operation expenses, or supplies. If you are considering bringing home a dog or puppy this holiday season, here are some things to consider.
A dog from a local shelter comes with all the required vaccinations and at a small adoption donation between 50-350 dollars. Some shelters have their dogs in a facility, while others place their dogs in foster homes. Fostering is when a family houses a homeless dog providing him with love and shelter until a forever family is found. All supplies are provided at no cost as is any veterinary care needed. Fostering leads to smoother transitions for homeless dogs which means higher success rates. Dogs coming from foster homes can also come with basic obedience training, crate training, and potty training. The foster parents can act as a resource once you adopt.
Looking for a particular breed? Search online for a breed-specific rescue! Mixed breeds (mutts) are unique, healthier, and often live longer than a than a purebred dog. Make sure to research breeds before you adopt!
Most, not all, pet stores are middlemen for puppy mills. When you buy a puppy from the store, you are contributing to the business of selling animals for profit. In this purchase, you are also denying a shelter dog a home. Puppy mills breed dogs to sell the puppies for profit while the puppy parents live in tiny cages, most have never felt grass or known love. The conditions of the parents are often correlated with the condition of the puppies. Puppies from puppy mills often have severe health problems because of the horrendous conditions they are born into.
Not sure what kind of dog to get? Try fostering. Fostering one dog saves two lives; the life of the dog you foster and the life of the dog who now has a kennel space in the shelter. There are kill and no-kill shelters, but a shelter can only take so many animals at a given time due to kennel spaces. Foster once, foster 10 times until you find the dog you simply can’t bear to let go. When you adopt your foster pet it is called a “foster fail”. To find local animal shelters or view dogs and cats available for adoption near you, visit Petfinder.
Whether you fell for the doggy in the window or adopted a shaggy mutt from the local shelter, sooner or later they’ll need to be seen by a veterinarian. Animal Care Clinic has been dedicated to the compassionate care of animals for over 30 years. We offer all veterinary services along with some specialized care techniques like acupuncture, chiropractic’s, therapeutic lasers treatment, and stem cells. To find out more about Animal Care Clinic, give us a call at (812) 279-1216
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