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Tips on Considering Adoption, Over Buying a Dog or Puppy for Sale in Houston

By Adopt-a-Pet.com

Fun Things to Do With Your Dog in Houston

Looking for things to do with your new canine companion in the Houston area? Meet pet parents and other friendly pups at one of Houston’s many dog parks. A visit to Congressman Bill Archer Bark Park is bound to be a fun time for you and Fido. With separate fenced areas for large and small dogs, a lake, agility courses, and hoses to wash your dog off before heading home, this dog park is a pet parent favorite. Another favorite park is the Alexander Deussen Dog Park, with separate fenced areas for small and large dogs, drinking water, and benches for the humans.

Nature-loving pet parents can bring their furry family members to the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center for a day filled with natural beauty and wonder. Just keep your pup on the trails and leashed at all times. If you’re looking to get to know other dog-loving humans, head to the Boneyard Dog Park and Drinkery where your well-behaved pup can enjoy off-leash canine playtime while you enjoy one of the Boneyard’s many brews or wines.

Training your new canine companion is not only helpful in ensuring your pup behaves well, it is also a good bonding experience. A Dog’sDharma provides training at all levels to help you as you help your pup become the best dog she can be. A great way to proudly show off your new or newly-trained dog is with photos of your precious pooch from E&E Animals. For more ideas on things to do with your dog in Houston, visit the Dog Owner’s Guide to Houston on BringFido.com.

Houston Dog Rescues & Shelters

The Top 5 Reasons to Adopt, Rather than Buy a Dog or Puppy for Sale in Houston.

  1. Finding the Best Match - Luckily, when you decide you want to add a furry member to your family, you have many dogs to choose from. Dogs and puppies of different breeds come with genetic tendencies that vary between breeds. More importantly, they also have distinct personalities, as each is an individual! It is common for rescuers and animal shelter staff and volunteers to already know the personality and tendencies of many of their dogs and puppies. This means they can better match up your requirements and lifestyle with the ideal dog or puppy. When searching for a new dog or puppy in Houston, consider your lifestyle first. Answer yourself these questions:
    1. Do you have time to housetrain a puppy and teach them the rules of the house?
    2. Can you provide adequate exercise for an active dog, or one who needs mental stimulation and lots of interaction?
    3. Will your new four-legged friend have other pets as buddies around the house?
    4. Is it critical that you find a dog who is comfortable with children?
  2. Purebred or Fabulous Mixed-Breed: Shelters Have Them All! - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred. There are also large numbers of “breed-rescue” organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out a particular breed. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group in Houston, and right here on Adopt-a-Pet.com.
  3. Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters have often already been in homes, and may already be housebroken and obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
  4. Be a Hero - Adoption helps save lives! One dog or puppy adopted in Houston paves the way for another one to be saved. When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
  5. Adoption is MORE AFFORDABLE - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a dog or puppy for sale at a pet store, or even a breeder, in Houston. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!

Some Houston Dog & Puppy Rescues

Below you'll find many Houston focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Houston focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an Adopt-a-Pet.com account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your Adopt-a-Pet.com rescue or shelter account. Thank you!

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