When deciding to buy a dog, there are many options on where to find one. Many people will offer their opinion on whether a breeder or a rescue/humane society is a better fit for you, but that can become confusing so how do you know where to go?
Most people who opt for the breeder option tend to be looking for a puppy. While puppies are cute and adorable, they do require extra training and attention than an older dog. Breeders do tend to sell their dogs at a higher price than a rescue/humane society, due to the fact that these dogs are more likely to be of purebred status. To some families this is an important factor when picking out a dog, so a breeder will be the best place to get a dog.
Rescue/Humane societies are a second (sometimes more) chance for a dog to find a loving home. Sometimes the dog’s past is unknown, which can lead to problems down the road. Some dogs come into the shelter with trust issues, which means it’ll take longer for them to warm up to their new owner. These dogs will be a bit older than a puppy, but they are more likely to be house trained, giving you more time to socialize with the dog. Regardless of age, every dog deserves love from their human companion.
One place that many people tend to overlook, or may not have heard of, are foster homes. Many dogs that are in foster homes start out at shelters, but due to health issues or other reasons, are placed in a foster home until a family comes along and adopts them. One of the good things about adopting from a foster home is that the dog is already used to human interaction, so you wouldn’t have to worry about a shy dog. Mostly these types of dogs have been neglected in the past and the perfect way to a better future is being adopted into a loving family.