Many people who want to bring a new small puppy or kitten into the family decide to use a breeder to find their animal or sometimes pet stores. More people should really consider adopting a dog from their local shelter. There are so many wonderful pets waiting to be loved and taken home at the shelter, many more that would rather be sleeping without you.
People tend to believe that shelters only contain "rejected" animals that no one wants, but this is far from the truth. You can find mixed breeds and pure breeds at shelters. Many of which have been abandoned by their previous owner for many different reasons. Too many animals in shelters are already broken up and need the love of a family again. You can browse the internet to know more about hypoallergenic rescue dogs.
Another benefit of adopting from a shelter is that you save money. You can easily spend $800 or more on a purebred from the breeder, or you can get an animal at a shelter for hardly anything. Plus knowing that you saved that dog's life is such a rewarding feeling.
Many dogs at shelters fall asleep in the kennels because of "not enough space" and it breaks my heart. He didn't do anything worth sleeping in. All they want is a lovely home that they call their own. But instead, they fall asleep to crowding the kennels. The way you feel that you have saved that animal's life, and to have such a wonderful companion at home is amazing.
If you are considering getting a new pet for yourself or your family, take some time off and visit your local shelter. They get new animals all the time, so if you don't see an animal you like, come back again. My local shelter puts up photos of all the animals they've put up for adoption on their website. Do a little research and maybe yours too. Best of luck finding a new addition to your family!