There's something undeniably special about bringing a dog into your life, especially when that dog has been rescued. Adopting a shelter dog not only changes the life of the furry friend you welcome into your home, but it also transforms your own life in profound ways. In this blog, we will explore the many reasons why rescuing a dog is an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience.
Saving a Life
One of the most compelling reasons to rescue a dog is the opportunity to save a life. Shelters are often overcrowded, and sadly, countless dogs face the threat of euthanasia due to lack of space or resources. By adopting a shelter dog, you provide a second chance to a deserving animal, giving them a loving home and the chance to live a happy and fulfilling life.
Unconditional Love and Gratitude
Rescued dogs have an incredible ability to show boundless love and gratitude. They understand that you've given them a second chance, and they repay it with loyalty and affection. There's a unique bond that forms between you and your rescued dog, built on mutual trust and understanding. Their unconditional love is a constant reminder of the positive impact you've made in their lives.
The companionship of a rescued dog can have a profound effect on your emotional well-being. Dogs are known for their ability to reduce stress and anxiety, and the presence of a four-legged friend can bring immense comfort and joy. Studies have shown that spending time with dogs can increase serotonin and dopamine levels, promoting a sense of happiness and overall well-being.
Teaching Responsibility and Compassion
Rescuing a dog is a significant responsibility that teaches valuable life lessons. Caring for a living being requires commitment, patience, and selflessness. Children and adults alike can benefit from the experience of looking after a dog, learning about compassion, empathy, and the importance of providing for others. It's an opportunity to instil values that extend far beyond the boundaries of your home.
Creating a Positive Impact
By choosing to adopt, you contribute to the larger cause of animal welfare. When you rescue a dog, you not only save one life, but you also create space in shelters for other dogs in need. Additionally, adopting from a shelter supports the important work these organizations do, including spaying/neutering, vaccinations, and finding forever homes for abandoned or neglected animals.
Rescuing a dog is an extraordinary act of kindness that brings immense joy and fulfilment. The rewards go far beyond the initial decision, as you embark on a journey filled with unconditional love, companionship, and personal growth. By opening your heart and home to a rescued dog, you not only change their life but also transform your own. The experience of rescue is a powerful reminder of the profound impact we can have on the lives of animals, making the decision to adopt truly priceless.
Why not take a look at some of our Naturo family rescue dogs below –
This is Flynn – Flynn was adopted from Dogs Trust by our Marketing Manager, Eva in 2020. He was brought into the shelter along with his siblings in 2019 - named "The Westlife Pups". His mum Luna had also recently been adopted before having her pups and they had no home to go to. Flynn's favourite thing to do is chase a ball at the beach and splash in the waves before devouring a pup cup. Flynn's pawrents couldn't imagine their lives without him and he is happy that his mum can bring him home all the Naturo food he could ask for!
This is MacDuff – MacDuff was adapted from Paw Souls Rescue in Hampshire by our Financial Accountant (Kim) aunty. He’s totally deaf and had been in foster care for a year after being abandoned for his disability. This little loveable fur ball is only 2 but is now living it up in the Scottish Highlands with a family who have deaf dog experience.
This is Isla - Isla was rescued from a Romanian Kill Shelter and brought into the UK by Valgrays border collie and animal rescue. Val did her magic with Isla before she was adopted by Doreen, Lee & Laura (family of our new Purchasing Assistant Luke). She was very timid when she first arrived but with love and patience, she soon realised she had landed on her paws. Two years on Isla is a very happy girl. She lives with Skye & Lily (border collies) and has the life of Reilly. Enjoys walks, swimming, good food and motorhome holidays.
This is Rockie – Rockie was adopted from Almost Home NI in 2019 when he was only 9 months old by our Product Development Manager, Sarah. Some people like to call Rockie a ‘funny Dalmatian’ or a ‘Skinny Cow’ from the look of his spots, but he can also respond to ‘Oi’ and ‘stop that’ too! Rockie’s favourite things to do are playing fetch and occasional breaking the rules to hide his ball, hiking up mountains with mum Sarah and getting to visit his Grandpawrents and their dog Penny.
This is Millie – Millie was rescued from Rainbow Rehoming Centre in Limavady by our Project Accountant, Jamie. When she was rescued, she was very quiet, shy, and scared. It took her about 6 months to come round and now she gets so excited when she sees her family, she loves getting out and about for walks around the farm, beaches, forests. She spends all day watching the cows making sure they don't escape.