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The Edgy Veg

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Candice Hutchings is the Edgy Veg, "a vegan and raw food lifestyle blogger that does things a little differently." Tune into this amusingly hosted show to see creative dish ideas, flavorful twists on classics, and be wowed by decadent raw delights.

18 Apr 2017 at 2:18pm
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The Edgy Veg adopted 2 dogs!!!! Here are ten great reasons why you should adopt rescue dogs instead of getting your furry friend from the pet store.


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About two years ago Candice and James decided they were going to get a pet. Like many couples however they couldn't agree on a breed, a method to go about getting the animal, the size of the animal, or several other factors. Candice was rather vocal about not wanting to buy a dog from a breeder or a pet store. Her main reasoning behind the decision was that she didn't want to support puppy mills, and also didn't want to get a brand new dog when there could be one out there that was going to be put down if someone didn't adopt it.

They ended up using a well-known site called Petfinder to track down Winston, their small white dog. Upon finding Winston they went to where he was actually located which turned out to be Pets Alive in Niagara and had a meet and greet. It was around this same time that they discovered Winston had bonded with another dog by the name of Harley Quinn and it would not be good for the two animals to be separated. The adoption agency asked them if they would be interested in taking on both animals. James was hesitant at first but after spending a little time with both animals he quickly fell in love. Needless to say they wasted no time taking the two tiny wonders home with them.

In this video Candice and James list ten solid reasons to consider adopting a rescue pet over buying an animal from the pet store. They chose to get a pair of adorable dogs, but cats, as well as many other animals need rescuing as well. Their first reason, and possibly the strongest argument against buying from a pet store is that doing so inadvertently supports puppy mills. Pet stores aren't especially picky about who they buy their animals from as long as the price is right. By purchasing an animal from them you are simply putting money into an industry that is more interested in profiting from the sale of an animal than taking an interest in its actual well-being.

Another solid reason on the list to adopt a rescue animal is that shelters are extremely overcrowded and sadly many animals will get put down after just 48 hours if no one adopts or claims them. Six to eight million dogs a year in fact are in shelters. If that number doesn't grab you then the next one definitely should. In the United States alone an average of 1.5 million pets per year are put down. The place that Candice and James got their two dogs from gets notified anytime an animal in their area is put on termination list and goes and gets the animal, putting it up for adoption at their location. Adopting a rescue animal is literally saving a life.

In addition to saving the life of an innocent animal it is actually quite a bit less expensive to adopt a rescue animal and many of them are already spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and even housebroken. Also, by adopting an animal you make room for another animal to take its place and that could ultimately save the life of yet another pet. Another silver lining to this cloud is that adoption agencies like the one Candice and James went to give you a chance to spend some time with your potential pet and make sure you two are truly meant to be together.

There are many reasons to choose adoption over a purchase from the pet store but possibly the best one of all is that you get a new best friend. Before you decide to make that trip to the pet store to pick up your next pet do yourself, and the millions of animal in shelters, a big favor and check out one of your local pet adoption agencies. You might just be surprised at what you find there.

Here's a little more about Candice in case you feel like reading up:

I'm The Edgy Veg, a gal on a journey to revolutionize the food we define as “vegan”. Instead of salads days in and day out I choose to re-purpose familiar favorites, by recreating childhood cravings for an audience with sophisticated palettes and food-nerd obsessions with nostalgic fare.

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