Did you know approximately 8 million unwanted and stray animals are found or taken in by shelters?
Nearly half of these animals never find a forever home and have to be euthanized.
This is the leading cause of death for these innocent creatures.
When you are able to give a shelter animal a well suited, lovable home, s/he will be grateful to you every day! Here are 5 top reasons why you should at least consider adoption for your next companion…
- You are saving an innocent life: Saving a life by adoption is one of the most rewarding actions a person can do. When pets do not get adopted by a certain time period (sometimes only a week!) they are euthanized. If you adopt, not only are you saving this innocent animals life, but you are increasing his/her quality of life.
- In the long run you are actually saving money: When shelters put pets up for adoption they are often times spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations. Up-front adoptions fees may seem like a lot, but you are getting a pet with the most expensive procedures already completed.
- Why are they in a shelter?: The animals up for adoption did not choose or want to be there. Their previous owners may have moved, gone through a divorce, not had enough time for the pet, or the pet developed a hard-to- manage medical condition. These poor animals shouldn’t have to suffer because of their past handlers decisions to put them up for adoption.
- No puppy mill supporting here: Many people might think that purchasing a pet from the internet or the newspaper ads is a great idea. Sometimes the puppies and kittens from the internet, newspaper, and pet stores are from puppy mills. A puppy mill is a mass dog breeding business. These puppies are more prone to disease, general health problems, behavioral issues, and can be malnourished. By adopting a pet from the shelter you are not supporting these often inhumane puppy mills.
- A perfect pet for everyone: When adopting from a shelter you have a wide selection to choose from. If you are looking for a certain pet by age, size, gender, energy level; the staff at your local shelter can point you in the right direction.
Can’t find what you are looking for at a local shelter? Don’t let that discourage you. There are many options to adopting a shelter pet including the ever popular “one-stop-shop”. Yes, I’m talking about the internet. Visit www.petfinder.com and search shelters from a variety of areas, search for a specific breed, see pictures, descriptions, and contact information to bring home your forever friend.
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