Why All Parents Should Get Their Kids a Dog From a Shelter

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DottieUnlike pet stores, many shelters have to rely on donations. Dogs at the shelter used to be treated badly before they got there. People adopt them from the pound to keep them from dying.

I got a dog from a shelter.

Before the shelter took her in and all, I think her old owners used to treat her badly because she was afraid of my dad. She acted like she thought he was going to spank her. That's how we could tell her owner maybe wasn't very nice to her.

I got Dottie from Bonaparte's Retreat. That's an animal shelter. I've been raising money to donate to Bonaparte's Retreat. So far, I've raised $100.

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Many shelters have to get foster families for their dogs. So if you're not sure you're ready to adopt a dog, you can foster one.

Even if you're allergic to dogs, you can get a poodle. So there's no saying, "I'm allergic to dogs." I'm allergic to the dander on dogs' fur. Whenever I pet them and rub my eyes, I get allergic. That's why I got Dottie. She's a hypto-dog (EDITOR: hypo-allergenic). She's a long-haired dachshund mix poodle and my eyes don't itch at all around her!


For Halloween, Dottie was Wonder Woman. To the rescue! She didn't mind the costume. It all stayed on her, except for the hat. We took her trick-or-treating, but she got loose and chased her puppy friend. Later I made her a special dinner since she couldn't have any candy. If you got your kids a shelter dog, they could all have fun like this, too.

When you adopt a dog from a shelter, they seem very happy. I think that's because they're glad to have a final home. I think their last owners usually didn't treat them that well so they're happy that you will.

You may think the dogs at the pet store are really cute. You may think that a breeder's dog is fancy. But there are a lots of dogs at shelters that will die if you don't adopt them. I hope you will get your kid a dog from the shelter and save a pet's life.


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Todd Vrancic

This is adorable!  And so true!

Cafe Amy Cafe Amy

Such a smart girl! Great post.

Char_... Char_gal4

I volunteer for an animal shelter in my area.  We take in most animals, from hamsters and birds to horses (we just rescued FIVE).  I see how the animals change over time from coming in to when they go home (they stay with us until they do).  I work with the cats, and I love them all.  If anyone would like, I can make a link to the shelter.

Look through Petfinder and Petango for shelter pets.

Nancy... NancyJ422

Great piece Punky!

We got our dog in August of last year from our local Humane Society.  He's a chihuahua and terrier mix.  He was treated badly by his former female owner so he still has trouble trusting me but loves my husband and son.

Dogs are hard work and it's like having a baby who will NEVER grow up - but I love him.

Diane Werle

Ms. Punky, those are all great points! I get itchy eyes, too, and know I need to get a poodle or other dog that doesn't cause that problem. Right now, I work too much to get a dog (I'd hate to leave her/him alone, and doggie day care is expensive!), but when I am ready, I will remember the points you made and look for a shelter dog to love.

nonmember avatar Lena

Great article, Ms. Punky! Well done!

nonmember avatar danielle

im so glad to see this article, there is never a reason to buy from a breeder. you can easily find, puppies (purebreed or whatever mix you like) at a shelter. and their not all "damaged" as some would say. for every puppy bought from a breeder a shelter one will die. and it doesnt even make dfinancial sense to pay a breeder when you can get a fully vetted puppy for a fraction of gbreeder cost. dont shop, adopt!

Ashley Bauer

Punky, you are a FANTASTIC writer! As an English teacher, I would be thrilled to have students do work like this. Well done, girlfriend :)

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