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

By Adopt-a-Pet.com

Fun Things to Do With Your Dog in San Francisco

Looking for things to do with your new canine companion in the San Francisco area? Head to one of the many dog parks! A favorite dog park in the Bayview neighborhood, McLaren Park is a little urban getaway. There’s plenty to do with playgrounds, picnic benches, walking paths, a pond, and grassy areas. Your furry friend will definitely be at home and make some new pals while dashing around the off-leash area.

With a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay, Crissy Field Park is right on the beach. The sand and surf awaits Fido as he plays a game of Frisbee, or takes a relaxing stroll along the promenade. You can also legally fish without a license at the park with your pup by your side. Be sure to pick up a snack at Beach Hut Café or the Warming Hut.

You can take Fido on a unique trip on the bay with Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruises. The 60-minute Bay Cruise features views of Alcatraz, as well as stunning views of the bridges and piers. Your furry friend will get a kick out of the sea lions sunning themselves at PIER 39, and you’ll sail by the city’s skyline. The cruise has indoor and outdoor seating, and a guide will tell you all about the local landmarks. Those who might be visiting San Fransico should know that the BART subway system that spens most of the Bay Area region will allow pets onboard as long as they are kept in a traveling crate. There are many pet friendly hotels near San Francsisco Bart stations. For more ideas on things to do with your dog in the San Francisco area, visit the Dog Owner’s Guide to San Francisco on BringFido.com.

San Francisco Dog Rescues & Shelters

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

  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 San Francisco, 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 San Francisco, 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco. 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 San Francisco Dog and Puppy Rescues

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