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

By Adopt-a-Pet.com

Fun Things to Do With Your Dog in Washington DC

Looking for things to do with your new canine companion in the Washington, DC area? Meet new doggie friends at one of DC’s off-leash dog parks. One of the most popular dog parks is Shaw Dog Park, featuring an enclosure for shy, small, and senior dogs and an enclosure for larger, more active dogs. Shaw Dog Park also facilitates community among dog owners by featuring special events held by the Shaw Dog Park Association.

Enjoy the nature’s beauty with your pup as you explore the 446 acres of gardens at the US National Arboretum. Although dogs are not allowed on the tram, your leashed pup can join you as you walk or drive through the arboretum. You and Fido can also spend a day outdoors at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens hiking, birding, or eating a picnic lunch on a bench as you savor the gorgeous views.

Explore DC from the water with a canoe or kayak rental from Key Bridge Boathouse. Dogs are welcome on any rental and they even provide a life jacket for your pup. You and your pooch can meet new friends while enjoying the water aboard Potomac Riverboat Company’s Canine Cruises. If you are traveling to DC and planning to use the metro there are several hotels near the DC metro that allow pets. However, you must transport your dog in a travel friendly container on the Metro.  Dogs ride for free as you cruise around the Alexandria Seaport. For more ideas on things to do with your dog in the Washington, DC area, visit the Dog Owner’s Guide to Washington, DC on BringFido.com.

Washington DC Dog Rescues & Shelters

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

  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 Washington DC, 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 Washington DC, 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 Washington DC 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 Washington DC. 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 Washington DC Dog and Puppy Rescues

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