Thinking of Getting a Dog? Why Not Adopt Scruffy Instead?
While buying a pure breed may be the trend these days in affluent Singapore, adopting a dog can be an equally good alternative. A dog put up for adoption can be a similarly wonderful pet.
Owning a dog is a long term commitment. You will need to make sure that you are ready to own a dog and have the financial resources as well as the time to properly look after it. The last thing you should do is buy a pet just because it looks cute. The cute little pure breed at the pet shop will soon outgrow its cuteness and with it, your motivation and desire to own it in the first place.
With that said, there is a growing number of people who feel that one should adopt a dog, rather than buy one. This is especially so if you love dogs; there are after all many homeless street dogs out there that will benefit from the love and warmth of having a family and home. The above coupled with the fact that some pet farms are mere puppy mills, churning out one puppy after another without care or concern as to the breed quality or welfare of their breeding stock, further lends credence to those calling upon adoption rather than buying of dogs.
Many years ago, I had personally adopted a rescued dog whom I named Lady. She came to me badly abused with staples still clipped to her ear and a number of visible wounds all around her body. Yet adopting Lady was the best decision I have ever made; she is till this day the most loving and obedient dog I had ever owned. To my wife and I, she will always be our greatest pride and joy.
While all my current dogs are purebred and are bought, I do however have this one believe. And that is – if you must buy a puppy or dog, make sure you get it from a reputable breeder and not a puppy mill.
Meanwhile, I recently chanced upon a dog to be given up for adoption. Named Scruffy because of his wired look, this dog touched my heart the moment I laid eyes on him. He has this endearing look that makes him so irresistible; indeed it will be difficult to find another dog as sweet as Scruffy. Admittedly, I did entertain thoughts of adopting Scruffy. Unfortunately, as I already own 3 dogs, adopting another has to be ruled out, given Singapore’s law on the number of dogs permissible in any one household. It is thus my hope that by writing this post, I can do my part in helping Scruffy find that home he deserves; one where he can experience love and hopefully, a better life.
Here’s a picture of Scruffy for those who might want to consider adopting him.
According to those who have handled him, Scruffy loves going on outings and gets along extremely well with people. He is also very intelligent and loyal. At 3 to 4 years of age, Scruffy has still many good years left to devote himself wholeheartedly to his new owner.
Scruffy is about the size of a Golden Retriever and is thus unsuitable for HDB dwelling. Being a large dog, he will also require lots of exercise to stay fit and healthy. If you are keen to adopt Scruffy, you can email Uncle.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9199 6662. Alternatively, if you know of anyone who may be keen to adopt him, do feel free to share this post. Together, let us help find Scruffy a new home.