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.