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

By Adopt-a-Pet.com

Fun Things to Do With Your Dog in Los Angeles

Looking for things to do with your new canine companion in the Los Angeles area? Treat your new canine companion to amazing views of the city with a hike up the Mount Hollywood Trail. The three-mile hike is a popular activity for Los Angeles newcomers and natives alike. Or head to Runyon Canyon Park where the stars of Hollywood are known to walk and run with their dogs in the off-leash area. Of course, there are also many other dog parks to choose from for playtime with your new pup.

When it is time to do some shopping, head with your furry friend to the über dog- friendly Westfield Century City Mall. Pet-friendly amenities include a One-Stop Pet Station featuring doggie water fountains, treats, and waste bags. If Fido has extra energy after a shopping spree, he can always burn it off at the on-site dog park in the Plaza which includes a doggie obstacle course, benches for humans, plush doggie toys, water fountains, and Mutt Mitt dispensers. When your shopping needs are a bit more canine-centric, head to The Urban Pet for supplies, grooming, and training.

Dog park playtime and shopping are surefire ways to work up an appetite. Los Angeles is filled with pet-friendly patios where you can relax with Fido while enjoying a meal. Some of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants are The Lazy Dog Café, Pete’s Café & Bar, The Cat & Fiddle Pub, and The Oinkster. For more ideas on things to do with your dog in Los Angeles, visit the Dog Owner’s Guide to Los Angeles on BringFido.com.

Los Angeles Dog Rescues & Shelters

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

  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 Los Angeles, 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 Los Angeles, 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 Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles. 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 Los Angeles Dog & Puppy Rescues

Below you'll find many Los Angeles focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Los Angeles 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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