Dogs are man’s best friends who are loyal, fun and loving. Whether you adopt or you decide to go to a breeder, dogs immediately become an important part of your family. Celebrities, athletes and other stars support either adopting or breeding.
While getting a purebred is usually a first choice, there is a better option. Mutts (mixed breeds) are adopted by many stars such as freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy. While competing in the Olympics, one of Kenworthy’s friends sent a picture of a small litter of puppies and their mother in Sochi.
He immediately fell in love with the family and decided to be proactive about the large problem of homeless dogs by one small step.
Kenworthy decided to adopt four puppies and their mother from Sochi. He did all that he could in his ability to bring home as many dogs as he could from the Russian city. Kenworthy grew up with dogs and inspired people such as animal activists to pick up dogs from the streets and place them in homes or in temporary shelters before finding an owner elsewhere. Although he couldn’t help all, Kenworthy has sparked an interest of the adoption process and we can all learn a great deal from his act of kindness.
Finding a perfect purebred for your lifestyle can be exhausting. Looking for a reliable and responsible breeder is a tough process. With mutts, you can go to your local shelter and see what dog catches your attention rather than going to a breeder.
A purebred could also cost a small fortune. Many shelters offer dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes — dogs that need homes and people to love them. Mixed breeds are also believed to have better temperaments than purebreds.
Shelters tend to have purebreds, not just mutts. Sometimes people cannot take their pets to a new location. Therefore, they could bring their dogs to shelters where they can be adopted by a new loving family.
Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification. Wouldn’t you want to help an adopted dog have a second chance?
The next time you are in PetSmart thinking about adopting a dog, look into the eyes of a dog that needs your help for a second shot in life.