Today is National Make a Dog’s Day and we have twenty-seven dogs waiting for you to make not just today but every day by giving them a new home.

We are almost into November so that means we still have time to promote Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month.

Over the last year, we’ve posted a lot about why to adopt a rescue dog. Sometimes it feels as if we are preaching to the choir, but it’s an important message and this is easy to forward to family and friends who might be considering getting a dog and we have the best dogs and an amazing staff to help you choose a dog that’s a good fit for your energy, time, living situation, and more.

Top 10 Reasons to Adopt from NEW PAWSibilities

1. You save a life.

Our dogs come from a high-kill shelter in Kentucky. We will never euthanize a dog for other than health reasons no matter how long they stay with us. However, every dog who is here requires space, food, and care. Until a dog leaves another one can not be rescued from that shelter. Our goal is to save as many dogs as possible but we only have so much capacity for care. By adopting a dog we’ve transported from Kentucky you are giving a dog a second chance. Even if they were once loved dogs they might have been lost, given up or abandoned. They are all unwanted and helpless. By adopting dogs from NEW PAWSibilities you are giving them a new life in a loving home.

2. You help break the cycle of pet overpopulation.

There are not enough homes for all the animals that are born every year. Adopting from a shelter helps weaken the pet overpopulation cycle. Each year 3.9 million are dogs enter a shelter somewhere in America. Let’s put this into perspective. The population of Chicago is 2.74936 million. There are more dogs in shelters this year than there are people in one of the largest cities in the world.

3. You help stop cruelty in mass breeding facilities.

Throughout the country, thousands of commercial pet-breeding facilities and backyard breeders produce millions of animals for sale in pet stores and through newspaper ads. Often known as puppy and kitten mills, these facilities repeatedly impregnate female dogs that spend their entire lives in cages without human companionship. These unfortunate animals are often in intolerable environments, forced to produce litter upon litter, and are destroyed after they become unprofitable assets. Adopting a shelter animal means you don’t support such cruel practices. NEW PAWSibilities doesn’t just rescue dogs. We have rescued over four hundred cats so far this year and taken them to Deb’s Kitten Rescue. We might only re-home dogs but we care passionately about all animals.

4. You take advantage of adopting an anything from a puppy to an adult dog.

Puppies are great! Adult dogs are great! In defense of adults, often they are already housetrained and some can even “sit” or “stay.” You won’t have to deal with the “puppy phase” which means less of that youthful energy such as biting, chewing, clawing, etc. You will be able to see the personality of the adult animal and won’t have to wait to see what you get. We know there’s still an adjustment period and that there will be ups and downs. But we bring in dogs of all ages which means we can help you choose the best age, size, and personality. Trust me, puppies are also great and we have the largest number of puppies in Oshkosh and the surrounding areas.

5. You get a lifetime resource with shelter employees and volunteers.

People who work at the shelter will be a great resource to help you find information or resources for your pet. Our staff members work with animals every day and have a wealth of information on many different issues.

6. You choose from a great selection of animals.

We are an all-breed, all age shelter. We might not be able to tell you the exact breed mix of your dog but we can tell you they are wonderful companions. What else matters?

7. You adopt a pet who has received good care.

All of our dogs are up to date on vaccinations, are or will be spayed or neutered, and microchipped and ready to find their place in this world. They have been checked by vets and received any care they need.

8. You support a valuable charity and community institution.

When you adopt a pet from NEW PAWSibilities, you assist a not-for-profit organization, but also send a message to others who will be asking you for years to come where you obtained your adorable pet. Shelters improve the community by mandating that adopted animals be spayed or neutered. This requirement diminishes the chances that more unwanted animals will enter the world.

9. You pay less.

Low adoption fees (which cover a portion of our shelter’s costs) are much less than the cost of purebred puppies sold for profit.

10. You encourage others to adopt animals from shelters.

When your friends ask where you got your amazing pet, you can tell them “at the shelter.” Your adoption may encourage others to do the same.

So, let’s celebrate! Come by today and adopt a dog. You’ll make its day and you’ll change your life in better ways than you ever thought possible.