If you are considering adding a furry friend to your family, you may have asked yourself if you should adopt or if you should buy one from a breeder. Before you make your decision, consider these reasons for adopting:
You’ll be saving a life
In the United States, 2.7 million adoptable animals are euthanized each year because of overcrowded shelters and the lack of people adopting.
You’ll get a great animal
Most animals that end up in a shelter are not there because they are bad pets, often times when a family moves or couple divorces, the animals are the ones that pay the price. There are also people that take their pet to the shelter because their personalities didn’t mesh well. For example: an older women adopting a very energetic puppy; the puppy needs to be played with and taken on walks or else it may get into things it is not supposed.
It’ll cost you less
Typically when adopting a pet, the cost of first vaccines and spay/neuter are already included in the price. Some shelters even include microchipping and heartworm treatment if your animal tests positive for heartworms. You may also get discounts and coupons for food, treats, and services as well as a name tag for your new family member.
You’ll be helping to fight puppy mills
Puppy mills are factory-style breeding centers that put profit over the welfare of dogs. Animals from puppy mills are put in very poor conditions with improper health care, and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled. The mothers of those puppies are kept in cages to be bred continuously, without human companionship and with little expectation of joining a family. After they are no longer profitable, breeding dogs are either killed, abandoned or sold in auction.
These puppy mills continue to remain in business through deceptive tactics — their clients are unsuspecting customers who shop in pet shops, over the web or through classified advertisements. By adopting a pet, you can be sure you are not giving them a dime.
It’s good for your health
Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they’ve been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial for their own companions. Caring for a pet can offer a feeling of satisfaction and purpose and reduce feelings of loneliness. When you adopt, you could also feel proud about helping an animal in need.
Adoption helps more than just one animal
Overburdened shelters take in millions of stray, abused, and lost animals each year, and by adopting an animal, you are making room for others. Not only are you giving more animals a second chance, but the price of your adoption goes directly towards helping people shelters better care for the animals they take in.
You’ll change a homeless animal’s whole world
The pet will get another chance at life and you’ll get a loyal, loving friend.