Thinking of adopting a pet? Before you ask “how much is that puppy in the window?” might I suggest you head down to an animal shelter? There are a lot of reasons you should rescue a pet from a shelter. So, before you shell out the big bucks to get an animal for friendship, explore all of your options and check out the positives of adopting a pet from a shelter.
Every year millions of pets are euthanized simply because people want to give their pets up and the overpopulation of these pets is becoming a problem. When you adopt from a shelter, you can help save one of these unwanted pets from that harsh reality.
Animal Shelters keep pets healthy and have their medical needs up to date. When they enter a shelter, they are treated with all of their vaccinations, are spayed or neutered, and even screened for behavioral issues.
Having a pet already has its physical, mental, and emotional benefits, but when you adopt a shelter animal, it only enhances those feelings. It gives you a great sense of accomplishment and helps you realize that you’ve done a good thing by saving an animal’s life.
These factory style breeding grounds for pets only select the top breed animals while leaving the others by the wayside. If the animal doesn’t meet the criteria for these stores and mills, the animals are abandoned or sometimes even killed. By adopting form a shelter, you are refusing to support these practices.
Pets in shelters come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and breeds. You can do your research and find a dog that suits your lifestyle and wants. If you don’t see one immediately, there are always new pets coming in to shelters.