Mabel the Rescue Dog

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Hi, my name is Cora! I’m an adorable little Poodle, but I had a rough start to life. When I was very young, I was in a terrible car accident. I broke both my front legs, my pelvis, and my hips.

I was almost euthanized because of my injuries, but that’s when I met my dad (who is the founder of Marley’s Mutts!). He fell in love with me right away, and he knew I still had so much life left in me. So, he rescued me and gave me the medical attention I needed.

At first, they planned to only amputate one of my front legs, but that didn’t go as planned. So, after surgery, I was left with only two back lefts. It took me a few months to recover, but now I’m happier than ever! I know I don’t look like other dogs, but I don’t let that hold me back.

I got my own custom wheelchair not long after my recovery. It was supposed to help me move around more, but as it turns out, I’m actually great at moving around on my own. I can easily hop around on my back legs to move.

I’m always so happy. In fact, my tail rarely stops wagging! It’s hard not to be cheerful and optimistic when your life was saved by such an awesome human. Now, I have the best family I could ask for! They take me on plenty of adventures and spend lots of time with me. They treat me just like any other dog, and it makes me feel so special.

I also love to bring joy to others. When people see me, they’re often confused by my looks, but once they get to know me, my personality and energy makes them so happy.

There are lots of dogs like me out there that had a rough start to life. Luckily, there are many kind rescues like Marley’s Mutts that can save these dogs. If you want to help more dogs like me, please donate to Marley’s Mutts!

If you have a rescue dog with a story to share, please visit the contact page to get their story featured on this blog! Let’s encourage more dog lovers to adopt!

Images from @MarleysMuttsDogRescue/Facebook

3 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

I used to always think this topic was something that all dog parents agreed with. However, I have been seeing a lot of dogs roaming free lately, even in public areas. Even if a dog is extremely well-behaved, they still need a leash for most of the time. Some dog parents seem to think leashes are optional, but I want to share why I think they’re so important.

Why are Leashes Important?

I love roaming free off my leash. There are so many great smells to sniff, but leashes can restrict me from exploring as much as I’d like. However, as much as I prefer to run free and do my own thing, I know that leashes are crucial, especially around people and other dogs.

Even a well-trained dog can get distracted or confused now and then. So, if you are in an area with a lot of other dogs and people, you should keep your dog on a leash at all times. Leashes are a way to guarantee that your dog stays out of trouble. The last thing you would want is for your dog to run into the road or get lost.

Also, even if you trust your dog very much, there are other things to worry about besides just your dog. Your dog could be super friendly, but they could run up to another dog that isn’t. Even if your dog runs up to another dog to be friendly and the other dogs gets vicious, your dog will most likely be blamed since they weren’t on a leash.

Overall, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If everyone keeps their dogs on leashes while walking in public, it’s less likely that problems will occur.

When is it Okay to Let Them Run Loose?

If you are in an area that’s private or far away from other humans, then it’s safe to let your dog off their leash. Specifically, private camping grounds and farms are areas where you are more likely to see dogs roaming free.

When I go camping at Molly’s family’s private land, I usually get to roam free. However, even then, I’m usually still safer on my leash since I tend to wander. Can you blame me though? There are squirrels out there than need to be chased!

Also, fenced in areas are also okay for dogs to run free. Fenced in yards and dog parks are great places for dogs to get off their leashes for a while and run around. Even if they do cause some trouble, at least they are confined to a smaller area. That being said, you should always keep a very close eye on your dog when they are outside without a leash on.

What to Be Careful of

Even if you always walk your dog on a leash, you should make sure to be careful of dogs around you. If you see someone else walking around with a leash-less dog, it might be safest to walk away from them. Even though that dog is probably very nice, you just never know. Also, many dogs (including me) sometimes get more aggressive when they’re on a leash and another dog is not.

Your dog’s safety and the safety of all the dogs around you are always extremely important. If you walk your dog without their leash in busy areas, you could be putting people, dogs, and even your own dog at risk. Please be respectful and keep your dog leashed whenever it’s necessary.

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5 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

Dry dog food is the most popular type of food for dogs, so many humans just assume it’s healthy. Sure, some kibble brands are much healthier than others, but it’s actually not the best choice at all. All kibble is processed food, so sadly, it’s a lot like a human eating fast food every day. Here are some common myths associated with kibble.

Myth: Your Dog Should Eat the Same Kibble for Their Whole Life

A lot of dog parents feed their dogs the same flavor of the day kibble brand every single day. Most of them will tell you that they do it because their dog gets sick if they switch their food.

But the truth is, if you dog is eating a healthy diet, they should have no problem switching their food. Getting sick after a sudden diet change is a sign of an unhealthy diet. If you are scared to change your dog’s food, you should slowly transition them to something healthier just to be safe.

We get bored eating the same thing every day just like you do. So, if you choose to serve kibble, please switch up the flavor now and then or add some healthy human foods into the mix from time to time. Even if our kibble is extremely delicious, we would still prefer some variety.

Myth: Kibble Cleans Your Dog’s Teeth

I’m not sure why anyone believe this myth because my teeth certainly don’t feel clean after eating! Most dry dog foods contain 50% to 60% carbohydrates, even though dogs don’t really need carbs at all. So, there’s no way something with that many fillers can clean teeth. Plus, eating food is generally the reason teeth need to be cleaned in the first place.

Myth: If Meat is the First Ingredient, it Must Be Healthy

There’s a common misconception that any brand that has meat as the first ingredient is automatically healthy. However, that’s not always the case. Brands often brag about having meat as the first ingredient, but if you look closely at the ingredient list, you might be surprised.

Oftentimes, the meat is a questionable by-product, and even if it is a quality meat source, it could still be followed by controversial fillers. Plus, some dog food brands actually include meat as the first two or three ingredients, so in comparison, only having it as the first ingredient doesn’t seem that great.

Another big deal about meat content is that meat is about 70% water when it’s raw. On the ingredient list, items are listed by weight before processing. Therefore, when the meat is cooked into the kibble, most of that moisture is lost, making it weigh a lot less. Therefore, there’s actually not much meat in kibble at all, even if it is the first ingredient.

Myth: Vets Recommend Kibble, So it Must Be Healthy

This will forever be the most confusing myth of all. Vets care about our health and they give us our vaccinations, so why would they recommend unhealthy food for us?

The main reason is because many vets partner with the companies that make brands like Hill’s Science Diet and Royal Canin. Therefore, vets will try to sell it to you as if it’s a “prescription diet”. However, if you look at the ingredients, you’ll find a lot of controversial ingredients and inexpensive fillers. Oftentimes, vet recommended food has been recalled a lot too.

Myth: You Should Always Trust Serving Sizes on Kibble Bags

When in doubt, dog parents always follow the serving sizes on the bag. However, many dog food brands actually list the serving sizes a bit higher than they need to be. Why? Simply because the more food your dog eats, the more food you’re going to buy.

Instead of blindly following the recommendations, adjust them to your dog’s age, weight, and activity level. If they’re not very active and they need to lose some weight (like me), it’s okay to go a little lower than the serving size.

Myth: Dry Dog Food Lasts for a Really Long Time

Dog parents also love dry dog food because it lasts so long. However, it might not last as long as you think. Dry dog food can go bad after only a few weeks of being opened. The worst part is that it doesn’t smell or look any different once it goes bad. It’s important to note that poultry products go bad faster than other proteins, which could possibly be a reason that a lot of dogs have sensitivities to chicken.

It’s recommended that you use a bag of kibble within 3 to 4 weeks to make sure it doesn’t go bad. If you usually put the food in a storage bin, put the entire bag in the bin instead of just pouring the food into it. This is because the dog food bags are often made to preserve the food better.


Many dog parents have switched to fresh or raw dog food as a healthy alternative to kibble. However, that can be much more expensive and time consuming. So, if you are on a budget, I’d suggest trying a healthy dog food topper with your kibble. I think either of those would be the best options to keep your dog healthy.

Molly and I understand that not all dog parents can afford to stop serving kibble. So, if you continue to feed your dog dry food, please remember to keep these myths in mind. The more you know about the kibble you serve, the healthier you can make it for your dog.

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Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! I just wanted to write a little update on my life. Most of the time, I have a lot of valuable information to share, but I’m actually a very lazy dog. That’s why I wanted to talk about my favorite activity in the world: napping!

When I wake up in the morning, I go into the living room and I nap. Then, I find different spots to nap throughout the day. It really is the perfect routine. The only problem is that Molly always wakes me up!

Molly tries to take me on these “walks” multiple times a day. But I’ve walked around our neighborhood hundreds of times, so it just gets boring after a while. But naps never get boring. In fact, naps have always been more exciting than walking for me.

When I nap, I get to dream about all kinds of awesome things. In my dreams, I can catch squirrels! In real life, I try to catch squirrels, but I never succeed. That’s why I love naps so much.

Molly says that I need to go for walks so I can “go to the bathroom” and “lose weight”, but those things hardly seem important when you can catch squirrels in your sleep. So, she often has to drag me out the door because I get very angry when she wakes me up from a nap.

Some people think I’m boring or lazy for sleeping so much, but I think I’m perfect just the way I am. I’m sure all your dogs are perfect as well. What are their favorite hobbies? Please share them in the comments!

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I’m not sure how we’ve never heard about it before, but Molly and I just discovered an awesome app called WoofTrax! It’s a fun and easy way to help dogs in need, so of course, we had to try it. After only a few walks, we discovered that it’s an app that all dog lovers should try.

What is it?

When you download WoofTrax, you can help dogs in need simply by walking your own dog. Whenever you go for walks, you just have to click ‘Start Walking’ on your app, and it will track your distance. The more you walk, the more money will be donated to shelters and rescues.

The app automatically selects the organization nearest to you, but you can choose the shelter or rescue of your choice too. Currently, Molly and I are walking for the rescue I was adopted from: JR’s Pups-N-Stuff.

Every walk can make a difference, even if it’s just a short walk around the block. The more people using the app, the more money that can be donated to rescue dogs!

How Do Donations Work?

The amount that gets donated to your selected rescue varies. The funds during each donation period are divided among shelters and rescues based on the people who are actively walking for that organization.

Donations are funded through advertisements and sponsorships. So, the more you use the app, the more donations will be available. It’s such a simple way to help make a difference.

If you go for regular walks anyway, I would highly recommend that you use this app. You can continue your daily routine with the added bonus of making a difference. There are so many rescue dogs out there that need help, so anything we can do to help could save a dog’s life!

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4 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

I’m sure all humans wish that dogs could live forever. In fact, I hope I have a long life ahead of me too. But sadly, dogs just don’t live as long as humans. The average lifespan of a dog is 11, but small breeds typically live longer than large breeds. Either way, it’s just not long enough!

While most dogs live anywhere from 10 to 15 years old, there have been a few record-breaking dogs. The following are the oldest dogs to ever live on this planet! (Note that these pictures are just of the breed, not of the actual dog themselves)

#1- Bluey (29 years, 5 months)

Bluey was an Australian Cattle Dog, and he currently holds the record for oldest dog in the world. He passed away in 1939. While Australian Cattle Dogs, also known as Blue Heelers, are a larger breed, their lifespans are actually more similar to a small breed at around 13 to 15 years.

#2 – Maggie (30 years)

Maggie the Australian Kelpie is technically the oldest dog ever, but her dad didn’t have any paperwork to prove it. Therefore, Bluey still holds the official record. Maggie sadly passed away in 2016.

#3 – Butch (28 years)

Butch the Beagle was approximately 28 years old when he passed away in 2003. He made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for his age.

#4 – Taffy (27 years, 10 months)

Taffy the Welsh Collie’s birth and date of death are unknown, but she also made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for her age. She was very close to Butch, only 2 months younger.

#5 – Bramble (27 years, 7 months)

Bramble the Border Collie passed away in 2003. She was a rescue dog who was famous for her vegan diet. While most dogs would probably not do well without meat, her mom clearly knew how to create dog-friendly vegan meals to make Bramble as healthy as possible.

#6 – Adjutant (27 years, 3 months)

Even though Labs generally have a short lifespan, Adjutant the black Labrador Retriever mix is one of the oldest dogs on record. He passed away in 1963.

How to Help Your Dog Live Longer

There are plenty of other old dogs on record, but these 6 are the very oldest. It’s unusual that they are almost all larger dogs, but there is still a long list of large and small dogs that lived longer than 20. So, it’s possible that even your own dog could live that long!

A dog’s health is obviously the most important part of their lifespan. If you don’t take extremely good care of your dog, they’ll likely have more health risks as they age.

Feed Them a Healthier Diet

What you feed your dog often has a huge impact on their lifespan. Unfortunately, feeding good food is harder than you’d expect. Kibble is the most common dog food, but it’s also the worst. While some dry dog food brands are much healthier than others, it’s all processed food.

Raw diets and fresh diets are the best choices for your dog. Whether you buy pre-made meals or if you learn to make them yourself, both are usually better if you use the right ingredients. However, fresh diets can be more expensive and more time consuming, so if you aren’t in a place to serve that kind of food yet, try a dog food topper.

Watch Their Weight

As a chunky dog, I know how annoying exercise can be. But apparently, obesity is a common health problem that can shorten a dog’s lifespan. This means that you need to have your dog exercise often and not overfeed them.

Exercising doesn’t have to be long runs or an obstacle course, especially if your dog is small and lazy like me. However, make sure you walk your dog regularly instead of just taking them outside quickly to use the bathroom. Also, playtime can be a great way to help them exercise a little and give them mental stimulation.

Don’t Neglect Vet Checkups

About once a year, you should visit your vet. Not only can vets give your dog all their required vaccines, but they can also answer any concerns you might have about your dog’s health. It’s better to know about a health problem sooner rather than later.

When you first get your dog, you should also research health problems commonly associated with your dog’s breed. Sometimes, knowing that information ahead of time can also help you notice a health concern right away.

Sadly, no dog can live forever, but with proper care, you can help your dog live longer than usual. Of course, there can always be health problems that you can’t control, but you should do whatever you can to keep your dog safe and healthy. Maybe you can even help your dog break these world records!

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As I’ve mentioned before, some shelters and rescues have very strict adoption requirements. These requirements are in place for the safety of all the dogs and humans involved, but many humans dislike them. In fact, some humans are so against them that they’d much rather buy a dog than adopt, which breaks my heart.

Why are People So Against Adoption Requirements?

Molly and I were motivated to write this post because we saw people on Facebook posting negative things about dog rescues. They were angry that organizations always insist that dog lovers should adopt, yet they put up restrictions making it harder to adopt.

Many humans commented saying that they might as well shop if rescues and shelters are going to be so strict about adopters, and that’s just not okay! If anything, it’s a lazy way of thinking.

Sure, there’s a lot of paperwork and time that often going into adopting, but that’s because dogs are a big responsibility. However, people still seem to see it as a barrier that prevents them from adopting. This mindset needs to change.

Why People Should Adopt No Matter What

If a rescue or shelter has lots of steps to their adoption process, it’s not because they want to make it harder for you, it’s probably because they have to.

A lot of dogs get adopted and returned not long after because their adopters just weren’t able to care for them or they just weren’t a good match. Adoption requirements are in place to stop dogs from being brought back to the shelter.

Sure, it can be a hassle to fill out paperwork, do interviews, and sometimes even do home visits just to adopt a dog, but it’s often necessary. You’re adding a new member to your family, so it shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you were adopting a human child, there would be a lot of steps involved too. Bringing someone new into your home is a big decision, which is why shelters and rescues want to take the time to make sure your home is the right fit for the dog.

If you aren’t willing to go through all the steps that many rescues require, then are you really ready to take on a dog? If you’re complaining about rescues taking extra precautions to keep dogs safe, then you probably shouldn’t have a dog at all. Just because a breeder might not have as many requirements doesn’t mean you should shop instead. If you’re ready to welcome a dog into your family, you should have no problem taking the extra time and effort to complete whatever the shelter or rescue requires.

Of course, there are some shelters and rescues that have more strict requirements than others, but please don’t complain about them. These organizations care deeply about dogs, so they just want to make sure everything goes smoothly with a dog’s adoption.

If you choose to shop instead of rescue simply because it’s too hard to adopt, then you’re not ready for the commitment of caring for a dog. I’m sorry if that sounds strict, but we’re a lot of work! If you can’t meet a few requirements that a rescue has, then it’s unlikely that you’ll have enough time, money, and commitment to fully care for your dog.

So, please think twice before you question a rescue or shelter’s adoption methods. Odds are, they have a good reason for them. If you truly want a dog in your family, no amount of hard work and effort should be able to steer you away from that.

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Hi everyone, it’s Molly. My blog is usually written by my rescue dog, Mabel, but today she decided to let me write a post. I wanted to share my review of a very important book that I think everyone should read.

As important as adopting dogs is, many people don’t realize the seriousness of the situation. The truth is, the problem is even bigger than most dog lovers could ever imagine. One Hundred Dogs and Counting by Cara Sue Achterberg shows readers an in-depth look on the problems in this world and helps people see that adopting dogs is even more important than we realize.

Cara Sue Achterberg is the author of several other books including Another Good Dog, which tells the story of her adventures with foster dogs. One Hundred Dogs and Counting takes place after that book, and it goes even further to show what life is like for the dogs that aren’t as fortunate.

One Hundred Dogs and Counting

One Hundred Dogs and Counting starts off with telling the story of dog fostering. Cara has fostered over 100 dogs so far, and she will only continue to foster more. Throughout the book, she stresses the importance of dog fostering and how it can save lives.

Cara fosters dogs through Operation Homes for Paws (OPH), a rescue that is very important to me. The book starts off with the story of Gala, a dog who had a hard time finding her forever family. Gala was a special foster dog because even though she could sometimes be difficult, she had a special place in the family’s heart.

In the beginning, the book went on to explain the struggles Cara felt when she couldn’t find a home for Gala, and she also discussed some of her other foster dogs too. It certainly didn’t sugarcoat fostering in any way, but that was to prove that even though fostering is hard work, it is extremely rewarding in the end.

At first, I thought the book was just going to be about fostering, but then, Cara realized there was more she could do to help. So, she went on road trips to visit shelters that were less fortunate. These were shelters that had very little funds and space. Unfortunately, many of these shelters had to euthanize dogs, but it wasn’t because they wanted to. It was because they seemed to have no other choice.

Cara brought donations to these shelters, helped them with whatever they needed, and even tried to get OPH to bring some of the dogs to their rescue. Despite how difficult it was to see these less fortunate shelters and rescues, she continued to help because she knew it could make a difference for these dogs.

The book goes into detail about Cara’s journey with fostering, and then her journey to the shelters. It gives a look at the dark side of dog shelters that many people don’t even know about.

My Review and Rating

I rated this book 5 stars on Goodreads without hesitation. Not only did it hold a special place in my heart, but it opened my eyes to the realities of this world. I thought I knew so much about rescue dogs, but after reading this book, I realized that the problem is even bigger than I could’ve imagined.

Not only is the book incredibly eye-opening, but it’s also extremely detailed. Cara never misses an opportunity to describe what she saw and felt throughout her experiences. As I was reading it, I truly felt like I was in her shoes, seeing the dogs through her eyes.

I have always known that I want to be a dog foster mom one day. I’m still really young, so I’ve had a hard time finding an affordable apartment that would allow me to have a foster dog along with the two rescue dogs I already have. However, reading this book made me even more motivated to reach that goal.

I would love to be just like Cara when I grow up, both fostering hundreds of dogs and writing books to spread the word. This blog is just the beginning of how I can help. I am so grateful that One Hundred Dogs and Counting has made me even more motivated than I was before. I believe it could have the same impact on lots of other people too.

Who Should Read This Book?

I think everyone should read this book, but it’s likely that dog lovers would enjoy it the most. However, whether you are as dog crazy as me or if you only like dogs a little bit, I think you could still benefit from reading it. In fact, reading it might even help you love dogs more.

I’m sure everyone that reads this book will learn something, and I hope that it will motivate them to want to help more. Even if you’re unable to foster or adopt, you can still donate, volunteer, and spread the word.

This book helps show that every little thing we can do to help dogs could make a huge difference. So many dogs are dying in shelters because people are unaware of the situation. If more people adopted and less people bought puppies, then we might be able to fix the problem. We just need more people to care.

So, if you’re interested in finding out the reality of the dog problems in this world, you should definitely add this book to your to-read list. Also, if you want to find out more ways you can help dogs in need, this is also a great resource for that.

This book will officially come out on July 7th, but you can preorder it on Amazon now!

Also, if you want to learn more about how to help rescue dogs, please check out Cara’s dog blogs: Another Good Dog and Who Will Let the Dogs Out?

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Images provided by Cara Sue Achterberg

When I first came up with this article idea, I had no idea that a majority of the population would get the chance to work from home. As a freelance writer, Molly always works from home with me by her side, but ever since the coronavirus pandemic started, it’s become more of a norm for people. So, whether you’re planning to always work from home or even if it’s just for the time being, here are some things that I’ve learned.

The Benefits of Working From Home with Your Dog

For dogs, it’s great when humans work from home! I am so happy that I get to see Molly all the time. It makes me feel less lonely, and overall, it makes my day more exciting.

Plus, I don’t have to hold my bladder or wait for my food at all. Since Molly works at home, she is always able to take me outside throughout the day and give me food right on time. It’s much better than having to wait for her to come home all day.

And let’s not forget that dogs help humans a lot too. Dogs can make you happier while you work, which could actually make you more productive as a result. Even if your work gets stressful, you can feel happy and more relaxed if you pet your dog for a little bit.

The Downsides to it

I’m sure every dog and dog lover would agree that working with your dog by your side seems ideal. However, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies.

For example, I’m used to Molly working at home, so I understand that she has to stay focused while she uses her laptop. Unfortunately, not all dogs understand this though. If you’re new to working from home, your dog will likely want to play with you all the time. They might not understand why you can’t give them constant attention.

Working from home can also cause separation anxiety. If your dog is used to you always being around, then they’ll get very anxious when you do leave the house. This could lead to destructive behaviors such as chewing up furniture or barking too much.

How to Handle it Better

Luckily, there’s a way to make working from home easy for both you and your dog. It’s important to start with a set schedule. Your job might be flexible if you have at home hours, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make plans for yourself.

Dogs usually respond better to routine. When you work from home, decide what times you want to walk your dog throughout the day, what times you’ll feed them at, and when you’ll take a break to play with them. If you always do these things around the same time each day, it can help your dog get used to your at-home schedule.

If you just walk your dog and play with them whenever you feel like it, your dog could easily get confused. They might try to seek out your attention while you’re working, not understanding that you’re busy. That’s why it’s better to keep things consistent.

Additionally, you should leave your dog alone from time to time. During the pandemic, it’s not easy, but try to get out of the house now and then. The more you leave your dog alone, the less likely they’ll freak out about it. You need to show them that it’s okay for you to be apart now and then.

Working at home is a learning experience for everyone. Even Molly is still fairly new to it all, but she has been working hard to make it comfortable for both of us. It can be a confusing time for dogs, so always keep that in mind.

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When looking for a dog, many humans avoid kill shelters at all costs. They don’t want to be supporting shelters that kill animals, and Molly and I used to think the same way until recently. But regardless of how a shelter runs, all their dogs still need homes. Kill shelters don’t want to kill their dogs, but the lack of adoptions often leaves them with no choice.

Kill Shelters vs. No-Kill Shelters

Thankfully, no-kill shelters have become more and more popular over the years. However, it’s still sad to imagine that in a world as advanced as ours, perfectly healthy dogs are killed daily. It just doesn’t make sense.

Kill shelters still exist because there are more dogs in this world than humans willing to care for them. The main reason for that is because not enough people are adopting instead of buying. People domesticated dogs, yet for some reason they can’t seem to commit to caring for all of them. It’s heartbreaking to think about.

For shelters that accept every surrender that comes in, it can be difficult to be no-kill. If people are constantly dropping dogs off, then there’s likely not enough space to house them all. And with limited funds, it’s near impossible for some shelters to care for so many dogs at once.

Sadly, that’s the reason some shelters still kill. They don’t have enough funds and space for these dogs, and sadly, not enough people are willing to help. However, even if a shelter turns dogs away to save some of that space and money, then those dogs will likely still die somewhere else.

It’s a serious problem that many humans don’t even think about. That’s why I felt the need to bring it to people’s attention. The more humans that know about the severity of these problems, the more dogs that can be saved.

Reasons People Avoid Kill Shelters

As I mentioned before, many humans refuse to adopt or support kill shelters because they think they’re bad. They think the people who work there purposely want to kill dogs and make them suffer. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Sure, there are plenty of bad people out there, but there are plenty of good people too. Most shelter employees euthanize because they’re left with no other choice. They tried everything they could to find a home for a dog, but there’s just nothing else they can do. It’s such a soul-crushing job, but they feel it needs to be done.

I’m not saying it’s okay. In an ideal world, no dogs would die this way. But that’s the way the world works right now, and if more people don’t start caring, then more dogs will keep dying. Shelter employees want their dogs to survive, but they can’t become no-kill without support.

Unfortunately, many kill shelters also can’t afford to vaccinate all the dogs and get them all spayed and neutered, so that’s another thing that steers people away. Humans don’t want to have too many extra costs when adopting a dog, so they might argue that adopting from a kill shelter is inconvenient. But trust me, it’s not inconvenient to the dog that you would save.

Reasons We SHOULD Adopt From Kill Shelters

Dogs in kill shelters often don’t have much time left. Rescues will often transport at-risk dogs out of the shelter, but they can’t save them all in time. So, more people need to adopt from kill shelters. The dogs there are likely the ones who have had the hardest lives. They need a loving family to finally give them the comfort they deserve.

The last moments of a dog’s life should not be them sitting in a scary shelter, awaiting their scheduled death. That’s no way to die. They deserve to pass away peacefully when they’re old with their family by their side. If you adopt from a kill shelter, that dog will likely be more grateful than any dog has ever been before. And you’ll feel good knowing you saved their life.

Even if you don’t have a kill shelter near you, you should still adopt from a shelter or rescue instead of shop. The more dogs that are adopted, the more spaces that open up for more dogs to be rescued. If you adopt a dog from a rescue, they can transport another dog out of a kill shelter.

So, while you wouldn’t be directly saving a dog at a kill shelter, all adoption saves lives. Remember that next time you want to bring home a dog.

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