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

By Adopt-a-Pet.com

Fun Things to Do With Your Dog in Portland

Looking for things to do in the Portland area with your new canine companion? Check out one of Portland’s many dog parks to meet other dog owners and socialize your pup. A favorite among locals, Sellwood Riverfront Park, offers a 1.5-acre off-leash dog park to enjoy with your leashed pup. Other favorites include the dog park at Chimney Park and the 4-acre off-leash area at Mt. Tabor Park. Portland also offers a host of hiking trails to explore with your nature-loving dog.

Invite your newfound dog-loving friends out for a beer at Lucky Lab Brewery. Enjoy a meal on the dog-friendly patio while sipping on one of their craft brews. For Portland foodie fun, take Fido on a walk to visit the Portland food carts. With cuisines from all over the world, you’re sure to find something to satisfy you. You can even enjoy a dog-friendly food cart tour with Brett Burmeister, the owner and managing editor of Food Carts Portland.

Other pup-friendly spots in Portland include the International Rose Test Garden, where you and your dog can walk among thousands of beautiful roses. Pick up fresh produce, baked goods, and handmade products from the popular Portland Saturday Market with your dog. Known for its pet-friendliness, Portland is a great city for canines and humans alike. For more ideas on things to do with your dog in the Portland area, visit the Dog Owner’s Guide to Portland on BringFido.com.

Portland Dog Rescues & Shelters

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

  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 Portland, 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 Portland, 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 Portland 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 Portland. 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 Portland Dog and Puppy Rescues

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