Why to Consider Rehoming a Dog

Thinking of getting a dog? Rescue animals are often over looked in favour of cute puppies but I’m here to tell you why you should consider rehoming a dog.

I’ve spoken before about my three dogs and very recently about why you should consider adopting an older dog from a kennels, but there are still many people who are convinced that buying puppies from a breeder is the way forward. All dogs that are brought into the world will need homes, regardless of if they were bred deliberately or by accident however, for some some dogs finding a home is more difficult than others.

I did initially try and be balanced but, in my mind, kennel dogs are the way to go. With that in mind, this post may seem a little one-sided so I may follow up with a post completely dedicated to my boyfriend’s family’s recent experience in buying from a puppy breeder. In the meantime, here are all the reasons why you should 100% consider adopting a mutt instead of paying loadsamoney for a purebred pup.

How Much Will it Cost?

I’ll begin by appealing to your inner cheapskate and tell you how much adopting a dog will cost in comparison to buying one. Though it varies from kennel to kennel, adopting a dog will generally ‘cost’ a donation between £100 and £200 which goes towards helping the pooches left there rather than lining the pockets of a breeder. For example, Battersea dogs home charge £135 for a dog aged over 6 months and £165 for a puppy under 6 months; though this may seem steep, going to a breeders will often cost you a great deal more and it’s normal to pay over £600 (and often more than £1000!) for a pedigree puppy!

With older dogs or ‘problem’ dogs there are often financial incentives to take them home with you. For example, if you are taking on a dog with ongoing medical problems the kennels may offer a pet insurance scheme or a contribution towards treatment. This shouldn’t be seen as a way to get a cheaper animal though as they will need a lot more work!

But I want a Puppy!

If you like dogs then you love puppies, that tends to be fact. Many potential dog owners will claim they go to breeders in order to buy puppies as they want to have their dog from its childhood but many kennels will also have puppies up for adoption. Whether they have come from a pregnant bitch that has found herself there or were born outside the kennels and then taken in, puppies are not a rare occurrence at rehoming centres meaning you can both do a good deed and take home a cute little puppy.

On similar lines, if you’re after a specific breed you might be surprised at what dogs you can find in a kennels; Huskies and Akitas are commonly left there and Battersea recently had a pair of Shiba Inus! Dogs of all sizes and breeds will wind up in kennels for various reasons that aren’t necessarily their fault. If you do have your heart set on a precise breed then it is worth having a look in local kennels to see if any dogs fit the bill; if you’re looking for a working breed you might find entire kennels dedicated to them, such as the Border Collie Trust we adopted our Rolo from!

But Behaviour..?

Though it is true that some kennel dogs may have been mistreated and, as a result, have developed behavioural problems this is generally the exception rather than the rule. As someone with three friendly, bouncy kennel dogs I can attest to the fact that not all rescue dogs come with baggage and emotional/physical damage; when Rolo, our Border Collie adopted at 7 months old, was brought out to us he had a big smile on his face and a bounce in his step. A good kennels will work hard with nervous dogs to rectify any quirks they have before putting them up for adoption and, if you are taking on a dog with specialist needs, you will be told all about them beforehand and evaluated to ensure you’re the ideal owner for the job.

Get Yourself Some Good Karma

The very best reason for giving a kennel dog a home is the fact that you’re helping out a poor animal that doesn’t have a family to love them. Though it is true that all dogs need a home, the puppies at a breeders will find them much more easily than the dogs in a kennel. By adopting a dog rather than buying a puppy you’ll be giving a dog another chance at life and getting yourself a new pall that’s full of character. For me, buying from a breeder just wouldn’t sit right and I actually sometimes find myself getting upset about not being able to adopt every single dog that needs a new family…

As much as I love Whelan’s dogs, it’s clear where my heart lies. My three pooches have so much character between them and I love that they each have a history so its hard for me not to fight the corner of kennel dogs. If you’re planning on adding a pooch to your family, humour me and at least take a look around a kennels before considering a breeders, you may surprise yourself with what dogs you find there.