For most people, a pet is not just an animal — they are a part of the family.
- Most people consider their pets to be a part of the family. For example, 93% of dog owners say that their dogs are just as much a part of the family as any other member. This goes for cats and other animals, too.
- Pets provide a great deal of company and emotional support for people who have them—and not just when they’re playing with you! Almost 70% of pet owners said that their pets had helped them get through tough times in life.
- Studies have shown that pet owners generally live longer and healthier lives than non-pet-owners, even when controlling for all other factors. They also report being happier on average than people who don’t have pets.
- Pets encourage healthy habits among their owners: people with dogs are more likely to go outside and exercise, while cat ownership is linked to better blood pressure levels.
And while you may think that it takes a certain kind of person to adopt from a shelter, the truth is that no matter who you are or what your situation is, you can make a difference in the life of an animal.
And while you may think that it takes a certain kind of person to adopt from a shelter, the truth is that no matter who you are or what your situation is, you can make a difference in the life of an animal. No matter if your family has kids, if you rent or own your home, if you’re single or have a spouse, there’s always room to make the choice to adopt.
Adoption is also the best way to save a life. Not only do shelters and rescue groups help animals in need, but their adoption fees ensure these pets get the necessary medical attention and care that they need before going home with their new family. You can rest assured knowing that when you are adopting from one of these organizations, there will be a team behind them helping them transition into their new fur-ever homes!
All kinds of animals need homes.
It’s no secret that there are a ton of homeless animals out there, especially dogs and cats. Lots of people don’t realize just how many animals end up homeless every year. There are several reasons why this happens, from people moving to not being prepared to take care of the animal. All kinds of animals need homes. Since the number of pets in shelters is so high, you can help by adopting one!
Giving a pet a home is an important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly; pets require lots and lots of love, attention, and money for food and medical care. They also need exercise and proper training. If you are ready to adopt a pet though, it’s really rewarding! You can search online for animals that need a home or visit your local shelter.
Cats and dogs aren’t the only animals at shelters.
Many people think of dogs and cats when they think of adopting a pet, but there are many more options. In fact, smaller animals such as rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, and birds are popular pets that can be adopted. There are likely even lizards or snakes at your local shelter! There is no shortage of animals looking for good homes. It’s important to do research to make sure you’re prepared and able to care for the type of animal you want to adopt.
Shelters have all types of animals.
As you consider adopting a pet, make sure to visit your local shelter first. In addition to dogs and cats, shelters also have birds and small mammals (bunnies, guinea pigs, ferrets, hedgehogs) that have been surrendered by their owners. Many people are surprised to find out that there are many reptiles (snakes, lizards, turtles) and amphibians (frogs, salamanders) at shelters as well.
Lastly, there are some misconceptions about older pets. While it’s true that puppies and kittens are common at shelters as well as rescue groups, older pets like seniors need homes just as much! Shelter pets come from all walks of life – some may have been abandoned while others might be strays or rescued from abuse or neglect situations. Some may even be family pets who have been surrendered after their owner died or had to move somewhere they couldn’t take their animal with them (such as into an assisted living facility). Whatever background they came from before being adopted into yours is irrelevant once you give them everything love deserves!
Animals have been neglected and rescued by humans.
While animals aren’t always the best at life choices, they need humans to be their advocate. Humans are responsible for the animal’s well being. This includes physical and emotional well being.
The animal may not know if he/she is about to put themselves in danger or not. Some animals don’t even know what a leash is! If an animal has been neglected from human interaction, how will an animal learn social cues? How will an animal behave when it is trying to communicate with another species?
All of these questions can have answers because we have knowledgeable people that work with animals until they find a loving forever home!
The cruelty and neglect happens because there are more animals than homes for them in our country.
Unfortunately, there are more pets than homes for them in the United States. That’s why shelters exist: because the shelter system exists because there are more pets than homes for them in our country.
While these facts may be hard to hear, it’s important to understand that the cruelty and neglect happens because there are more animals than homes for them in our country. A breeder who is not properly caring for their animals is choosing to only care about profit (and possibly also their own personal ego), rather than making a responsible choice by focusing on placing their animals into good homes. But what about people who can’t afford to adopt from a shelter or purchase from a responsible breeder?
Adopting from a shelter is one of the best gifts you can give yourself, and does make a difference. When you choose to adopt, you’re not only finding your new best friend — you’re opening up space at an animal shelter so that other homeless pets can find forever homes too!
The shelter system exists because there are more pets than homes for them in our country.
I’m a firm believer in animal adoption. For starters, I’ve adopted my own pets, and that’s no easy task. But more importantly, there are other people out there who have adopted pets and have lifelong friendships with them. When you go out to adopt a pet, you’re not just saving that animal from the shelter—you’re also saving yourself the stress of finding a new home for it. Not everyone can afford a private dog walker or live out in the country so they can take their pets for long daily walks; many cities require children to walk their animals outside of school hours, but only if they live within walking distance of their schools.
I know how difficult it is for people to find homes for all those pets nobody wants at shelters on the weekends and during holidays; sometimes volunteers have to make do with sleeping dogs at night when most people are sleeping off their hangovers because there simply aren’t enough homes available around the city during those times. That’s why I believe so strongly in pet adoption—it’s good every day, 365 days a year!
Mass breeding is bad; mass killing is worse.
The inhumane treatment of animals is a huge problem within the pet industry. The mass breeding of numerous animal species, especially dogs and cats, has led to serious overcrowding in shelters across the country, and even more concerningly, this has only driven up the number of “backyard breeders” who continue to flood the market with cheap puppies. These animals are so often kept in poorly constructed pens outdoors or worse yet, are born inside their owners’ homes. Some of these “breeders” don’t take their female pets to get fixed and allow litters to be birthed repeatedly until they die from exhaustion. In many cases, this is done as a money-making scheme where there’s no regard for ethics or morals; just profit.
But it gets worse: what happens when shelters are full? And how do we combat irresponsible breeding practices? To some—the wrong people—the answer seems simple: euthanasia. Shelters have become known for high kill rates because people will drop off any stray dog or cat they come across without consideration that maybe that animal already has an owner looking for them. One study estimates that around 710,000 companion animals (cats and dogs) enter shelters every year; roughly 60% of those cats and 70% of those dogs are euthanized .
In order to satisfy the demand for pets, breeders keep producing litter after litter of puppies and kittens with no regard for how many of those animals will end up homeless and unwanted.
Your neighbor’s son is graduating from high school and he just got a job at the local pet shop. He wants you to go buy a dog so he can earn commission. The pet store is full of cute puppies and kittens, like all of the other pet shops around town. They are so adorable! And they are definitely not from puppy or kitten factories, or at least their owners would never do anything harmful to them.
But in order to satisfy demand for pets, some breeders keep producing litter after litter with no regard for how many of those animals will end up homeless and unwanted. These animals come from “puppy mills” or “kitten factories” where they are kept in poor conditions, often without veterinary care and without adequate food, water or shelter.
These animals may also have significant health problems due to poor breeding practices such as inbreeding (mating closely related individuals) or line-breeding (mating father with daughter).
It’s not just cats and dogs that need homes; there are all kinds of animals, such as hamsters and rabbits, waiting to be adopted from shelters every day. And they, too, make great companions!
While many think of “adoption” as a term that only applies to dogs and cats, you should know that there are also tons of smaller pets that need homes!
Hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils and mice are all domesticated animals that make great companions. They are cute and cuddly and fun to play with. Many can even be house trained to use a litter box (such as guinea pigs). They enjoy being socialized with their owners just like cats and dogs do! Once they get used to you handling them regularly, some will even enjoy sleeping with their pets on your bed or snuggling under the covers for a nap during the day when you’re not home.
More people should adopt their pets from a shelter instead of buying them in stores or shops
Why is adoption better for pets?
Adoption is better for the pet because they are given a second chance, and it’s hard to argue with that. The pets in shelters tend to be abandoned or otherwise discarded—think of all the animals surrendered to shelters by their owners when those owners were evicted from their homes. You can’t argue with how happy I am that I got my adorable dog Lucy from an adoption center instead of one of those terrible puppy mills or backyard breeders who churn out litter after litter at such great cost to the dogs and puppies involved.
Sure, Lucy has a few issues (she gets pretty stressed out around loud noises and other animals), but she overcame so much and she made it through! When I rescued her she had been suffering from canine distemper, which is shockingly common in rescue dogs considering it’s preventable with vaccinations. Luckily, Lucy was diagnosed early and she recovered fully, which isn’t always the case. She really could have died because someone didn’t vaccinate their dog (or bother to spay/neuter them).Pet Adoption Brings Joy to more than just Pets: A blog about why pet adoption is good and how it makes a difference to everyone.
If you’ve ever adopted a pet, you know that no one can put a price on the love and joy you get from bringing them into your life. But what you might not know is just how much of that love and joy goes back out into the community, creating ripple effects in homes, schools, and workplaces across the country.
Here are some reasons why pet adoption is so great for everyone:
-More than ever before, people are adopting pets instead of buying them from breeders. This is having a huge impact on animal shelters (in a good way) by decreasing their population and allowing them to focus more on improving their facilities and training programs. It’s also helping local humane societies stop animal cruelty.
-In addition to reducing animal cruelty, shelters still have trouble finding homes for dogs with special needs or certain breeds of cats. Adopting these animals not only saves their lives but also reduces euthanasia rates overall.
-Adopting an animal doesn’t just save the animal’s life—it saves two lives! For every pet that’s adopted from a shelter, another one can now be brought
Are you a pet owner? If so, you probably already know how much of a positive impact they can have on your life. It’s easy to see how pets can make you happier and healthier, and it’s just as easy to understand if you’ve got a dog or cat of your own!
But did you know that having a pet is also good for the environment, your community, and your finances? We’re here to tell you about all the great things that pet adoption can do for everyone.
Here are some reasons why adopting a pet is good for the world:
-it helps reduce carbon emissions from the factory farming industry
-the more pet owners there are in an area, the less crime there tends to be
-helping animals will help people in need too (for example, if someone needs assistance with their dog because they’re disabled or elderly)
As Valentine’s Day approaches, many people are looking for ways to give back to the community and make a difference. Pet adoption is one of the best ways to do this! Adopting a pet is not only a wonderful thing to do for an animal in need of a home, it also has tremendous benefits for you and your whole family.
For one thing, pets are good for your health. They can lower stress levels and blood pressure and reduce anxiety. They also have been shown to help kids with ADHD focus better, improve social skills, and boost self-esteem. Pets can even help us live longer!
Pets may be good for our physical health, but they’re great for our mental health too! Pets keep us active by getting us out and about or playing games with them. They help us meet new people while we’re out on walks or at the dog park. And they provide unconditional love and support when we need it most.
So this Valentine’s Day, consider adopting a pet from your local animal shelter! Not only will you be saving an animal in need of a loving home—you’ll also be doing something amazing for yourself and your family too
We’re a nation of pet lovers. Each year, more than 6 million dogs and cats enter shelters across the country, and each year more than 3 million are euthanized. That’s a staggering number of animal lives lost in the United States alone.
But adoptions save those lives, and they make a difference in more ways than you might think.
You know that adopting a pet will bring love and happiness into your home—but did you know that it can also improve your health? Pet ownership is linked to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, among other benefits. In fact, some studies even show that having a pet decreases the likelihood of an individual being diagnosed with heart disease.
Adopting pets also helps local animal shelters stay in business. When you adopt instead of buying from breeders or pet stores, you help keep adoption rates up and chances of euthanasia down at your local shelter. You’re freeing up space for other animals to be cared for until their forever homes are found—and, if you decide to foster an animal on top of adopting one, you’re providing a temporary home for an animal who might otherwise not have one while they wait to be adopted.
So how can
We want you to know that, if you’re looking for a furry friend, you don’t have to buy one from a breeder or pet store. We’ve been so impressed with all the work that our local shelters are doing to promote the adoption of rescue dogs and cats. So impressed, in fact, that we wanted to share with you some of the ways adoption can make your life better!
First, let’s talk about what it means for pets: Did you know that there are over 3 million dogs and cats entering our nation’s shelters each year? That’s a lot of pets who would love to have someone like YOU to call their owner. Most of these animals are homeless because their owners had to give them up (for reasons like moving or financial problems), they were abandoned by previous owners, or they were found as strays.
But even though they may be homeless now, many of these pets were once part of a family and loved unconditionally—they may have even been trained! And don’t forget that there are lots of breed-specific rescues out there—so if you want a specific breed and don’t want to go through a breeder, you can find rescues dedicated just to that breed.
So what does all this mean
So you’re thinking about getting a cat or dog. Congratulations!
You know that adopting a furry friend has been scientifically proven to lower stress, but did you know that it’s also good for the environment? That’s right: when you adopt a pet, you’re not just doing something good for yourself—you’re doing something good for the planet too.