There are several reasons for getting a new dog. Whether you have decided to either add a new dog to the family, or you are just searching for a new best friend, it is important to consider adopting a dog from an animal shelter as opposed to buying from a pet shop. There are several reasons as to why it is much better to adopt a dog and here’s why:
Save A Lot Of Money
Adopting from an animal shelter costs a lot lesser compared to buying from a pet store or from other sources. Adoption fees vary and may range from $150 to $250 for a dog. Animal shelters would charge an adoption fee since this often includes services like initial veterinary examinations, vaccinations, lab tests for screening diseases, spaying or neutering, flea and tick prevention treatment, microchip and others. Save on training expenses as some dogs in the animal shelters are adults and have been abandoned by previous owners, or were victims of animal cruelty, and some of them have already been trained.
Save A Life
When you make the decision to adopt a pet, you get to save at the least one life. In America alone, over 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year because of overpopulation. This is because too many pets are coming in the shelters with too few people that would opt to adopt. These animals are ready for adoption and could at least have homes if everyone would adopt instead of buying from pet shops.
Benefit From Getting A Screened Pet
The myth is not true. They say only weak and sickly animals are in shelters. This is the exact opposite. The victims of animal cruelty go through therapy and are cared for before they are able to be released for adoption. Shelter employees and volunteers are there to ensure the animals receive the right nutrition and are nursed back to health.
Help Overpopulation Of Pets
According to statistics, approximately 6 to 8 million homeless dogs and cats are being sent to shelters. It is sad to say that more than half of them are being euthanized due to overpopulation. By choosing to adopt, you are giving a random animal a spot in the shelter to be cared for.
Help Stop Animal Cruelty In Mass Breeding
When you buy from a pet shop, you are actually supporting puppy mills. Puppy mills are like a factory type breeding facilities which only care about the profit and do not care about the animals’ well-being. Some animals have improper medical care, malnourished, and are even housed in poor conditions. The moms of these puppies called the breeders, are kept in small cages with just enough leg room for them to turn around or lie down and are just kept alive for breeding purposes. As soon as they are not able to breed any longer due to old age, these animals are either abandoned, euthanized or sold.
Encourage Others To Adopt
You can help the local community shelter by spreading the word. If a friend or neighbor asks where you bought your new dor or pet, you can inform them about the shelter. Your adoption may encourage others that are skeptical to do the same deed and save more lives in the process.
Choose From A Wide Selection Of Dogs
Some people prefer to buy in pet stores because they want to have the best breed. Shelters have at least 1 dog out of 4 that is purebred. There are also a wide variety of dog breeds and sizes to choose from. You can find out more by visiting your local animal shelter to schedule a visit and you will be able to see the different kinds of animals they have up for adoption.
You Will Feel Good
Knowing that you have helped save a life of an animal, it makes you feel good deep inside. In your own little way, you know you have made a huge difference. You not only have saved lives, but you have changed the whole world of a rescued animal’s life.
Get An Active Lifestyle
Having pets around can keep you active. You get to take your dog out for a walk or play catch with. Spending time with your pets can actually help in giving you an active lifestyle which has several health benefits. Just spending time with your pet like grooming or brushing your cat’s hair to playing dress up, can actually lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation, thus keeping your heart healthy.
Because You Can Help More Than Just One Animal
Opting to adopt a dog does not only mean you’re saving one life. Shelters take in millions of stray, abused and or lost animals every year. By adopting an animal from these shelters, you are actually giving room for another helpless animal in need of love and care. You are indirectly giving another animal a second life and a second chance to find a loving home where they should belong.