Beginning the search for the most perfect pet can be overwhelming, but one thing is definitely a very simple choice to make: adopting a pet is a much better idea than purchasing one. There are countless reasons to choose adoption over buying from a pet store or a breeder, but here are just a few of them that’ll be sure to convince you.
You’ll Save a Life
A shelter pet is more than one in a million. 2.7 million is the number of adoptable dogs and cats who are still euthanized each year in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people adopt. The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save your animal and open up shelter space for another animal who might need it.
Adopted Pets Are Healthy
Most shelters will give their animals vaccinations and health screenings, and it’s common to even spay and neuter pets before putting them up for adoption. It’s a common misconception that pets end up in shelters because there is something wrong with their health or behavior. The reason is usually more related to a person’s circumstance: a divorce, a big move, or financial hardship.
Adoption Saves Money
In addition to having a lower up-front cost than a breeder or a pet store that’s supplied by puppy mills, you won’t have to pay for the vaccinations and other medical costs that shelters take care of for you.
You’ll Help Putting an End to Puppy Mills
You’re too smart to get a dog from a pet store or online seller—you might as well buy direct from a puppy mill. Puppy mills are “factory style” breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Animals from puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled as a result. The moms of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction. Most puppies in pet stores and sold online come from puppy mills. The dogs are sold to unsuspecting consumers in pet stores, over the Internet and through classified ads. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop supporting them. By adopting a pet, you can be certain you aren’t giving them a dime.
When you adopt,it immediately allows other to see what you’ve done. This is not only good for bragging rights, but also because it spreads the word to others who may have never heard or thought about adopting and allows them to see how grateful and healthy your adopted pet is. Your adopted pet will have an appreciation like you’ve never imagined, because they truly know that you’ve given them a second chance to live the life they deserve. Many pets from shelters are already house trained, so the weeks of cleaning up messes won’t occur with an adopted pet. You can chose their age, temperament, size, etc. If you have a family, you’ll be setting an example for your children about the importance of adoption and how rescuing a pet is saving it’s life and the lives of many others.
An adopted pet can enrich your life in ways both big and small. The unconditional love and loyalty of a dog or cat can lift depression, ease loneliness, lower blood pressure, and give you a reason to get up in the morning. A kitty asleep in your lap feels warm and comforting. A dog that loves to walk or run outdoors can be just the incentive you need to start exercising regularly. There are countless benefits to pet ownership, and when you know you saved your furry companion from an unpleasant fate, it makes the bond you share that much more meaningful.