There are a ton of animals who need homes.
For those looking to bring a new animal into the family, there are a multitude of reasons you should consider going through shelters and rescue organizations. The most obvious reason is that there are millions of animals available for adoption right now. Many of these animals have never had health problems, or any other reason besides being homeless—which is no fault of their own. Not only do you get to help out a furry friend in need, but you also save money in the process by not paying breeders or pet stores who sell animals raised in awful conditions like puppy mills. By adopting an animal from a shelter instead of buying one from a breeder or pet store, you can play your part in putting an end to this cruel business practice by reducing demand for pets bred at puppy mills.
Adopted pets already come to you knowing how to be a pet.
Adopted pets already come to you knowing how to be a pet. They’re potty trained, they know commands like “sit” and “stay,” they behave around other animals, and they more often than not respond to their names. All of this means that you don’t have to put any time into training them; they are ready to be loved immediately! This is especially important if you have a busy life (which I know many of us do!) because it allows you to jump right into the fun parts without having to worry about things like nipping or scratching.
If you adopt, you get to skip all the hard parts of pet ownership—and there are a lot of them! It’s an easy way for someone who doesn’t want too much responsibility or messiness in their life but who still enjoys the company of furry friends. With an adopted pet, you get all these benefits and none of the drawbacks!
Adopting takes care of pets who are homeless due to abandonment, abuse and neglect.
Take a look at these facts:
- Every year, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter U.S. shelters.
- Of those dogs, 33% are adopted, 31% are euthanized, and 26% of dogs who came in as strays are returned to their owner. Less than 2% of cats who enter shelters are reunited with their owners—compared with 25-30% of lost dogs that get back home again.
Buying a pet can be expensive.
The first thing to consider is the cost of the pet. If you’re thinking about getting a new puppy, there’s no way to spend less than $500 USD—and that’s only if you don’t care where it comes from. Puppies from reputable breeders are expensive, and even buying one at a pet store can get pricey.
Then there are many other expenses to consider over time: food, vet bills, training, toys, and more. These expenses add up! You could spend thousands in your first year alone on a new puppy—not including anything it destroys or ruins around the house while learning to be potty-trained!
You can save money by adopting an older dog or cat instead of getting a new one. Adopting an older pet means skipping out on most of those early costs (such as training and potty-training), which can save you hundreds of dollars immediately. Older pets also tend not to chew on things they shouldn’t be chewing on—so your living room furniture is safe!
If you adopt a pet, you’ll feel like you’re really making a difference.
One of the reasons that people choose to adopt a pet over buying one from a breeder is because you can feel great about helping an animal in need. When you buy from a breeder, you are adding another cat or dog to the world when there are already so many in need of homes. By adopting a pet instead, you will be saving the life of an animal and taking it out of a shelter. In addition, since most shelters require that adopted pets be neutered or spayed, adopting also helps prevent overpopulation by keeping strays off the streets.
When you adopt a pet, you’ll be able to save money on essential services such as vaccinations and microchipping since many shelters provide these services for free or at reduced costs. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing that your new pet has been checked by a veterinarian and is healthy! Adopting can make sense financially as well: depending on where you live, adoption fees may cost less than what breeders charge for their puppies or kittens–and sometimes even include veterinary care (such as spay/neuter surgery). If this is important to someone who needs help paying vet bills then adopting could save them money overall!
It’s somehow way more thrilling and rewarding to find the perfect pet for your family at an animal shelter than it is in a store.
Adopting a pet is so much more thrilling and rewarding than buying one, and here’s why:
- You won’t find the perfect pet in a store or through a breeder. Sure, you might be able to pick out your favorite breed of cat or dog, but they might not be the right personality fit for you. The only way to find a pet that perfectly matches your family and your lifestyle is at an animal shelter where they know each of the pets by heart.
- It takes all the stress out of searching for a pet. Instead of spending hours looking on Craigslist or Google for the perfect animal, rescuing one from an animal shelter essentially guarantees you will leave with the perfect pet for you because their counselors have spent ample time getting to know their personalities. They can point you in the direction of the perfect match without spending weeks and months stressing over finding it yourself.
You can have more peace of mind about your new pet’s past if it’s from a shelter.
When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you usually get to know the animal’s background. You can find out how old they are and if they’ve been abused or neglected in the past. You can also learn about their temperament and quirks. For example, if you’re getting a dog and want to know what size crate to purchase, shelters will be able to tell you how big your new pet is expected to grow. This information can help you prepare for bringing home your new furry friend!
Plus, many shelters have already begun vaccinating their pets before adoption. That means you won’t have to worry about spending more money on shots at the vet’s office! Some shelters even spay and neuter animals before they leave with their new family members–which saves time as well as money in the long run! Plus? All these services are provided by organizations who care deeply about animals’ welfare–so it’s safe bet that any medical procedures undertaken were done out of love (and not profit motive).
Every time that someone adopts a pet from an animal shelter, they are saving a life!
Think of it this way: when you adopt a pet from an animal shelter, you are helping to save that animal’s life. You’re making room for another dog or cat at the shelter, and that is a huge win for both the animals in need, as well as your family!
On top of all that, did you know that adopted pets are already trained? We didn’t. Here at The Happy Pets Blog, we thought it was just a rumor. But then we looked into it and found out it is true!
According to Petfinder.com (and they should know!), “Adopted pets have usually been examined by a vet and come with spay/neuter surgery completed so their health has already been cared for. Some shelters even provide microchipping services to help reunite lost pets with their families. Many shelters also take care to include animals with mild training so their new owners can quickly settle into enjoying life together. With all these benefits, why not give adoption a try?”