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

By Adopt-a-Pet.com

Fun Things to Do With Your Dog in Raleigh

Looking for things to do with your new canine companion in the Raleigh area? Meet new friends at one of the local dog parks. Millbrook Exchange Dog Park is a popular spot for dog-centric fun. Featuring three separately fenced areas, the park offers plenty of space for your dog to play no matter what her age or ability. Millbrook Exchange Dog Park is also lighted for nighttime use and open from sunrise to 10:00 pm. Other Raleigh dog parks include Oakwood Dog Park and Carolina Pines Community Dog Park, both of which are open daily from sunrise to sunset.

For more outdoor fun, leash up your pup and head to William B. Umstead State Park for a hiking adventure. At just over half a mile, Inspiration Trail is perfect for a quick walk on an easy trail. Sal’s Branch Trail, a 2.75 mile trail, is another easy hike with your pup, taking you past beautiful Big Lake about halfway through your hike. For hiking enthusiasts, Company Mill Trail is a moderate 5.8 mile trail, starting at the Inspiration Trail trailhead and continuing through the park. All three trails are foot-traffic-only trails. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Treat your new pup to delicious gourmet treats, premium foods, and toys, clothing, and accessories with a trip to Woof Gang Bakery Raleigh. Woof Gang Bakery also offers full-service and self-service grooming, yappy hours, and doggie events. For the ultimate celebration of all things dog, head to nearby Durham for the annual Woofstock event featuring games, demonstrations, music, food, and more! For more ideas on things to do with your dog in the Raleigh area, visit the Dog Owner’s Guide to Raleigh on BringFido.com.

Raleigh Dog Rescues & Shelters

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

  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 Raleigh, 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 Raleigh, 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 Raleigh 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 Raleigh. 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 Raleigh Dog and Puppy Rescues

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