A loving Person is the best thing to happen to a Shelter Pet!
Statistics are sobering. About 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized annually in the United States mostly due to people giving up pets and not enough people adopting pets. The demand for shelter space is undeniable, causing difficult decisions to be made about animal lives – and who will live and who will die.
5. No support for puppy mills, pet stores
Puppy mills have become known for mass producing purebred dogs. Theirs is a numbers game with little consideration to pedigree, temperament and genetics. The welfare of the dogs is barely a consideration in the puppy mills scheme. The unfortunate dogs caught up in this factory style reproduction receive minimal care, are housed in cages and will be bred over and over again until they are discarded, sold in auctions or killed. They never know a loving human companionship.
Puppy-mill babies are shipped off to pet stores where unsuspecting and unaware customers buy them. They are also sold over the Internet. Many are sold for high prices to feed the greed of the pet stores or unscrupulous owners.
Puppy mills and pet stores encourage new dog owners to inadvertently support the cruel pet industry.
4. Feel good about adopting
Your new pet from an animal shelter almost invariably knows that he or she is being “rescued” or saved. They readily give unconditional love as soon as they realize they have a forever home. Something in their instincts relays to them that things are looking up, they have new homes, they are part of a family, they are loved. Despite whatever has given them difficulties in the past, they warm up to their new pet parents and only want to please. I haven’t seen a shelter pet that hasn’t repaid the adoptive parents a thousandfold.
3. Save money
As a rule, when you adopt from the animal shelter, you will incur less expenses than buying a pet from a store or on the Internet. Usually, any shelter animal will have been spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Just having the health checks and the neutering out of the way, is a bargain.
2. Get a healthy pet
It is important to remember that the great majority of pets find their way into shelters because people have run into difficulties. It is a misconception to think the animals have been dumped at the shelter because they are “bad” or “unworthy” in some way. The adoptable animals at shelters are happy and healthy. Their focus is on everyone that comes in and they really want to come home. Animals are thoroughly examined and vaccinated soon upon their arrival at the shelters. They are always neutered or spayed. Most frequently, animals are screened for temperament and behaviors. The shelters want to be sure the adoptive folks are matched well with their new pet and work extra hard to identify any potential problems.
1. Save a life
If more people were able to adopt animals rather than buying puppies, there would be a vast reduction in the numbers euthanized each week, month, or year. The difference is dramatic.
There are countless animal shelters and breed rescues and local animal control that have happy dogs just waiting to be adopted. If you already have one dog or one cat, consider getting a companion animal. Remember that adopting one animal will save two – you’ll adopt one pet, free up a space at the shelter so another animal can move in and hope to be adopted.
Find your new best friend today!
Now is a good time – Search for adoptable pets at the Shelter Pet Project.
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