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Tips on Considering Adoption, Over Buying a Dog or Puppy for Sale in St. Louis

By Adopt-a-Pet.com

Fun Things to Do With Your Dog in St. Louis

Looking for things to do with your new canine companion in the St. Louis area? Bring your new pup to the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog for an afternoon of browsing the world’s finest collection of dog-devoted art. With a dog exercise area, doggy treats, fresh water, and over 700 works of art, your dog will find something to love at the museum. Expand Fido’s understanding of artistic expression further at Laumeier Sculpture Park, where over 80 sculptures dot the landscape of this 150-acre natural oasis.

Get out on the water with your furry friend at the Boathouse Forest Park on Post-Dispatch Lake. The Boathouse is a restaurant providing casual American fare with pet friendly seating and a boating facility where you can rent pet-friendly paddleboats to enjoy before or after your meal. Spend some time with your dog learning more about the historical Lewis and Clark expedition at the Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Center where leashed dogs are welcome in the museum and on the grounds.

One of the best things to do with your new dog is get to know other dogs and their humans. The events hosted by Four Muddy Paws –The Healthy Pet Market are a great place to do just that. Plus, you can visit Four Muddy Paws for nutritious food and treats, grooming, or a self-service dog wash. You might also run into other canines and humans along the St. Louis Walk of Fame along Delmar Boulevard. Of course, you can always make a lot of new friends at one of St. Louis’s many dog parks. For more ideas on things to do with your dog in the St. Louis area, visit the Dog Owner’s Guide to St. Louis on BringFido.com.

St. Louis Dog Rescues & Shelters

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

  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 St. Louis, 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 St. Louis, 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 St. Louis 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 St. Louis. 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 St. Louis Dog & Puppy Rescues

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

  • The Animal Network - Collinsville IL 62234
  • Bellson Animal Hosptial - 1400 Columbia Ctr, Columbia IL 62236
  • City of Arnold Animal Control - 2912 Arnold Tenbrook Road, Arnold MO 63010
  • Show Me Pets - Show Me Pets, Ballwin MO 63022
  • BARC - 818 Spring Crest Drive, Fenton MO 63026
  • OnPoint Rescue - P.O. Box 382, Florissant (St. Louis area) MO 63032
  • Dirks Fund - 526 Indian Warpath Drive, Pacific MO 63069
  • City of Pevely Animal Shelter - 301 Main P.O. Box 358, Pevely MO 63070
  • SpotSavers Dalmatian Assistance League - St. Louis MO 63126
  • Faery Tails Corgi Rescue of St. Louis Inc. - P.O. Box 515105, Saint Louis MO 63151

 

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