Why It’s Important to Adopt, Not Shop

Why It’s Important to Adopt, Not Shop

In the United States, a huge number of healthy dogs and cats are euthanized every year, simply because they were not adopted.

To be precise, around 670,000 shelter dogs and 860,000 shelter cats are put to sleep each year.

Despite these figures, many people spend up to $4,000 on a designer dog or up to $2,000 on a pedigree cat. That amount of money could save several shelter animals. So, let’s think about why it’s important to adopt a pet rather than buy one. 

Top 8 Reasons Why You Should Adopt Not Shop

  • You are saving a life: Every single dog and cat at a rescue shelter deserves a second chance. Some have been given up, some have been lost, and some have been abandoned. When you adopt a shelter dog or cat, you are not only given them a chance to have a loving home, you are saving their life.
  • You are helping to reduce overpopulation: Tragically, there are just not enough homes for all the dogs and cats that are born each year, which is why millions of them are euthanized. When you rescue an animal from a shelter it has already been spayed. That means there is one less animal on the streets continuing the cycle of overpopulation.
  • You are helping to eliminate the tyranny of mass breeding: Everyone has heard of puppy mills. Mass breeding facilities are rife, and the animals suffer unsanitary and inhumane conditions are treated dreadfully. Adopting a pet means you do not support this type of animal treatment.
  • You can enjoy life with an adult pet: Many people prefer and dog or cat that is already mature. Often adult pets are already housetrained and used to being around humans. This means you have a pet that’s already gone through the puppy or kitten phase and you won’t have to deal with chewing, clawing, and biting.

  • You have a great range of animals to choose from: You may just be surprised at the selection of animals you find at your local shelter. In fact, you will probably have a hard time picking one because you will fall in love with them all.
  • You can rest assured that your pet has had good care: During your pet’s stay at the shelter, it will have had the best possible care regardless of how it ended up there. This means that your pet has been spayed or neutered, completed a cycle of vaccinations, and been groomed. You can also be sure that your pet is in the best possible health condition when it’s time for adoption.
  • Mixed breed animals are better than pure breeds: Typically, shelters are filled with mostly mixed breed dogs, which has a number of advantages. For example, mixed breeds tend to be more robust than pure breeds. That means they have less chance of developing a genetic health disorder. Not to mention the fact that you get a combination of personality traits. For example, imagine having the loyalty and affection of a Golden Retriever, combined with the intelligence of a German Shepherd.

  • It costs less: Adopting a pet is much less expensive than buying one from a breeder or a pet store. What’s more, the money you pay is helping a non-profit organization, which means more animal’s lives can be saved. You are also helping your community by keeping unwanted animals off the streets and sending out a great message about pet adoption. 

Adopting a pet from an animal shelter is a win-win situation. Not only do you get a wonderful life companion, but you are also saving a life and giving an animal the loving home they deserve. You can also enjoy the benefit of a wealth of pet knowledge from the staff of your local animal shelter, who are always there to give you pet advice and answer any questions. 

Dr. Jeff has his own personal rescue mission. To date, he has adopted five dogs and three cats. If you would to find out more about adopting a pet, contact The Humane Society.

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