The north east of England where we are based has one of the highest numbers of dogs languishing in rescue centres. For a country whose love of animals is world-famous it is more than a shame that there are so many stray and unwanted dogs in our region. The next time you are thinking of buying a pup why not stop and consider the advantages of a rescue dog? First you will likely have a friend for life, a rescue dog will be overjoyed to have new owners who can commit to them and offer them love and stability. Second, you get an awful lot of happiness and satisfaction of rehoming an unwanted dog and seeing how they mature, develop and come out of their shells with a nurturing environment. Third, if you already have a dog of your own or children you can adopt an adult dog and have a great idea of how he or she will behave within your existing family unit and whether your current dog will bond with them. Rehoming a dog isn’t all plain sailing so you do need to take your lead (no pun intended) from the shelter about its personality and what the poor pooch has gone through. If you want to search for rescue dogs in your area you can use this online hub from Rescue Centre.