Welcoming a dog into your life is a wonderful thing that will bring you endless joy but it is also a great responsibility. Sometimes our furry friends seek us out and at other times the introduction of a dog to the home is a carefully planned operation. Once you have made that huge decision you have the further responsibility of choosing where you should go to find your perfect pet partner.

So, if you are looking for reasons to adopt a rescue dog, here they are:

Dogs at Valle Verde Animal Rescue

1. You’re saving a life

Organisations like Valle Verde Animal Rescue may be the ones to physically remove animals from danger and neglect in their homes or on the street, but we couldn’t do it without people like you who’ll actually give that needful, innocent soul a loving home and a life.

2. You’re taking a stand against cruel mass breeding practices

It’s simple economics. Without demand there is no supply. Puppy mills or farms are the equivalent of chicken battery farming. Breeding females are often kept in terrible conditions, with very little human interaction, and are impregnated over and over again until they are no longer able to produce litters and are destroyed. You should also never buy a puppy from a pet shop as they may be supplied by a puppy farm.

3. You’ll reap the benefits of adopting an adult dog

Yeah, we know, puppies are cute, and they absolutely deserve a loving home as much as the next dog, but they’re also a lot of work. They like to nip and chew, and jump up and pee on the carpet, and all that good ‘puppy phase’ stuff. And of course you’ll find puppies in the shelter, if that’s what you’re looking for, but consider the benefits of adopting an adult dog. What you see is what you get and quite often you’ll find that they are already house trained and understand some basic commands.

Valle Verde puppies and oldies
4. You’re taking home a pet who has had the best care

Rescue animals who have spent time in a shelter will have been cared for by experienced and dedicated staff and vets. By the time you adopt your dog will have had all the tests, vaccinations and necessary procedures. He or she will be ready to travel and you’ll be well aware of any special medical or behavioural needs from the outset.

Dogs in good hands

5. You’ll have the future support of the rescue organisation

The staff and volunteers at organisations like Valle Verde Animal Rescue are not in the business of processing animals solely for profit, unlike pet shops, puppy mills and some backyard breeders. Animal welfare is at the very heart of what they do and they will support you in any way they can to facilitate the transition of your new pet into your home. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience that they’ll happily share with you. They’ll also be there to support you and your adoptee should things not be working out.

6. You’re giving your support to a charitable cause

Shelters like Valle Verde Animal Rescue are absolutely vital in all communities and Granada is no exception. If you adopt from this non-profit organisation you are supporting their cause as well as alleviating any doubts that others might have about adopting from a shelter.

By virtue of saving one life you’ll also be helping to save all the others.

7. You’re supporting your community

It is the policy of most rescue centres, Valle Verde Animal Rescue included, that the animals passing through the shelter be spayed or neutered. This is a vital part of reducing the number of unwanted animals being brought into the world, and into your community, and helps break the cycle of pet overpopulation.

8. You’ll be saving money

Shelter adoption fees are a fraction of the cost of purchasing purebred puppies, and go towards the cost of getting your pet ready for adoption. At Valle Verde Verde the adoption charge is as little as €150 for adult male dog, €170 for a female and for €100 puppies. If you’d like more details, and to see where your money is being spent, check out this link for a breakdown of the costs https://valleverdeanimalrescue.org/adopt/

9. Variety

With so many animals passing through the doors, the one thing that you’ll be guaranteed to find in an animal shelter is variety. You may well find what you are looking for in a specific breed but you’ll also get the chance to meet, and perhaps take home, some of the most wonderful mutts you’ll ever meet, and one of them could transform your life.

Dogs at Valle Verde Animal Rescue

10. You’re doing the right thing

All of the above points add up to one thing: you’re doing the right thing. 

The right thing for your new pet, the community and, by supporting the rescue organisation, all the other animals in the shelter. You’re also taking business away from those who exploit animals for profit and of course you’ll be gaining a wonderful friend and companion. Not only that, your actions will send the message to others and encourage them to consider their local shelter before they go looking for places to purchase a pet.

So what are you waiting for?

For more information on adopting a dog from Valle Verde please visit our adoption page and if click here if you’d like to meet some of the dogs currently looking for forever homes.


By Sophie Russell-Ross
Posted: 17 May 2017

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Here are some of the other cat and dogs currently waiting to find their forever homes. Could that be with you?

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Maximo, Breton Spaniel

Maximo – male Breton Spaniel seeks forever home

Maximo is a male Breton Spaniel looking for his forever home. Please share 🐾

Dori, Podenco in UK foster looking for forever home

Dori – female Podenco in UK foster seeks forever homve

Dori is a female Podenco – A friendly girl currently in foster in UK. Seeks forever home 🐾

Koko, female Mastín

Koko – female Mastín

Koko is an affectionate girl who likes being with people and other dogs. Healthy and playful and walks nicely on the lead. Let’s find this girl a loving home.

Nina, female dog rescued from the perrera is up for adoption

Nina – shy female dog rescued from the perrera seeks home

Nina has just arrived at the shelter after spending two years in the perrera. She is sweet-natured and a little shy at first. Let’s find this sweet girl a home!

Leo, male dog for adoption, Spain

Leo – friendly male dog seeks a home

Leo was abandoned outside Linda’s house and has settled in very well at the shelter with the other dogs. Let’s find this super boy a home!

Woody – male dog seeks loving home

Sadly, Woody is looking for a family to love him. He is an active boy who loves going on walks and playing. He loves people, no problem with children or other dogs. No cats.

Mora female dog

Mora – Friendly young female dog seeks home

Meet Mora. A big, friendly girl, she loves affection and socialises well with other dogs. Mora is negative to all 5 mediterranean diseases.

Buddy – male Podenco Cross for adoption

Buddy is a Podenco cross and a very lively boy. He loves playing with his siblings. Let’s find this boy a home!

Cassidy – young male dog needs a home

Cassidy is a male Retriever Mastín cross. He is fairly big but has a gentle and timid nature. Mixes well with other dogs, not dominant. Let’s find this gentle boy a home.

Toby – young male dog needs a home

Toby is new to the shelter, he came in with Daisy. He is a happy and friendly boy. Mixes and plays with the other dogs. Let’s find this great boy a home!

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Meet the Valle Verde Cats & Dogs looking for homes

Koko – female Mastín

Koko – female Mastín

Koko is an affectionate girl who likes being with people and other dogs. Healthy and playful and walks nicely on the lead. Let’s find this girl a loving home.

Find out about other ways that you can help

We understand that not everybody can offer a home to our rescue animals, but there are many other ways that you can support the work we do. Find out more…


All your donations, big or small, help us continue our work rescuing and re-homing animals in need.


If you would like to fundraise for Valle Verde Animal Rescue, we’d be delighted to hear from you.


There are lots of other ways that you can support the animals. Find out more about volunteering.

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