12 Ways Adopting a Rescue Pet Will Improve Your Life

So, you’ve been thinking about inviting a new furry family member into the home. The options of where to find a new pet usually come down to: a breeder, a rescue organization or shelter, or waiting around until someone you know finds themselves with an unexpected litter at home.

While breeders allow for a custom-tailored choice, that is about their only upside. They can vary from more-upstanding-than-most to downright abusive, but all breeders have one thing in common: for every breeder pet you buy, one rescue pet is denied the opportunity to live in a wonderful home.

Not only does rescuing an animal improve their lives—drastically!—but, it can also improve yours. Here are some reasons to consider bringing home a rescue fur baby that will make both you and your new addition live happily ever after.

1. You may be the first and only home your pet will ever know. So many pets come from sad and abusive situations—you will be her reminder there is good in the world!

2. Snuggles feel better when you know you are giving love to someone who was otherwise forgotten.

3. You’re saving a life. If you bring home a pup, you will be saving one of the 1.2 million shelter dogs euthanized every year.

4. Knowing you are giving your little guy or girl a warm spot to rest, eat and play will make your heart soar.

5. Seeing a rescue pet figure out how to play or that he is allowed to cuddle up on a blanket, instead of the hard floor, is indescribable.

6. You will get to see why purebred does not mean superior. Mutts are awesome! And healthier as well.

Related: 9 Reasons to Love Mutts

7. You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing your money did not go toward an establishment with terrible and horrific living conditions for pets.

8. Taking home a sweetheart from a shelter frees up a spot for another pet who is otherwise completely homeless.

9. Seeing the signs that your new fur baby trusts you will make you feel like a superhero.

10. If you adopted from a rescue shelter, you can rest easy knowing your money went to an organization that truly cares about animals.

11. Sometimes rescue pets need more TLC than others. This isn’t a reason not to adopt—it’s a reason to get excited about bonding with your pet on an even deeper level. The fact that you stick around during the hard times will mean the world to your little fluffball.

12. No matter what, your pet will love you—but there seems to be a special twinkle in a rescue pet’s eye that seems to say “Thank you.”

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michela c
michela c16 days ago


Christine J
Christine Jabout a year ago

Yes! Brilliant article. I'm a dog foster "mum" for a shelter and I agree that rescue is the best "breed". My current foster dog Henry started out as a very unhappy boy due to his wretched past, and the first time he wagged his tail at me I blubbed like a baby I was so happy. For those who want a pedigree, for whatever reason, try the breed specific rescue groups and please consider greyhounds. They make wonderful, gentle pets and there are so many of them in desperate need of a home.

Melania P
Melania Pabout a year ago

Best thing you can do, adopt and never buy a pet. Sharing as well

Joanna M
Joanna M1 years ago

So very true! I adopted my pup six years ago...best decision ever!

William C
William C1 years ago

Thank you.

Fran away F
Fran F1 years ago

When we adopt a dog or cat, it will be from an animal shelter, or from a rescue group for specific breeds such as greyhounds. Thanks, JT Smith, for mentioning greyhound rescue.

Valerie A
Valerie A1 years ago


JT Smith
Past Member 1 years ago

One group of rescues that sadly get overlooked can't be found in shelters but still desperately need your help: Greyhounds. I'm not belittling shelter rescues as they're also deserving, but greyhounds are legally classified as livestock Until they're finally adopted. They're also pretty much the last pure-bred breed in case that matters to you in the slightest.

Beth M
Beth M1 years ago

All of my 5 cats are rescues.

Elizabeth O
Elizabeth O1 years ago

Thanks for the article.