Thinking of adding a new pet to your family? Here are the top 10 reasons to adopt your new best friend:
- You’ll Save A Life. According to the Humane Society of the United States, each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the U.S., simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet. The number of euthanized animals could be dramatically reduced if more people considered adopting rather than buying their pets. When you adopt, you save a loving animal by making them part of your family and open space for another animal who might desperately be in need of it.
- You’ll Receive A Great Companion. Animal shelters and rescue organizations are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home and love them. Most abandoned pets wound up there due to a human issue like a move or a divorce, not because the animal did anything wrong. Also, many are already housebroken and comfortable living with families.
- It’s More Cost Effective. Typically when you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter and first vaccinations is included in the adoption price, which can save some of the initial up front expenses associated with adding a new member to your family. Depending on the animal, you may also save on housebreaking and training expenses.
- It’ll Fight Puppy Mills.When you buy a pet, you not only deny a homeless pet a home, but you are supporting an industry that thrives on short-changing the welfare of animals. Puppy mills are factory-style breeding facilities that place profit above the welfare of their animals. Animals sold from puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and are therefore often very sickly and behaviorally troubled as a result.
- You’ll Be Giving A Pet A Second Chance. Adopting an abandoned pet, especially a mature or adult pet, not only gives animals a second chance, but it often means introducing them to your family will be much easier. After all, adopting an adult dog who’s already house-trained and knows basic cues is often much easier than adopting a puppy, who must be taught these things.
- Pets Are Good For Your Health. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial to their companions. Caring for a pet can provide a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and lessens feelings of loneliness. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need!
- It’s A Better Investment. A mixed-breed animal is more likely to live longer and cost less in vet bills than a pure breed. Plus, most pet stores don’t provide any support if you have questions or concerns regarding your new pet. When you adopt, you usually know the background or history of the animal. The rescue organization will also help with the familiarization period because they are invested in providing a good home for that animal.
- You’ll Find A Perfect Fit. Though puppies and kittens are cute and cuddly, they can also be a handful. An adult or older pet may be a better fit for you, your lifestyle, and your family.
- It”ll Help More Than Just One Animal.Unfortunately, rescue organizations take in millions of stray, abused, and lost animals every year. By adopting an animal, you will make room for countless others, give more animals a second chance, but perhaps more importantly, the cost of your adoption goes directly towards helping care for all the animals they take in!
- You’ll Change A Homeless Animal’s Entire World. An adopted pet is every bit as loving, intelligent and loyal as a purchased pet, even an adult or older animal. What could possibly be better than that?