Adopt a pet.
If you are looking to expand your family with a new pet, adopt one from the local shelter instead of buying one from a pet store or a breeder.
Puppies that we see in stores or sold by breeders have many times been bread in puppy mills where the conditions can be horrible. Puppies and their mothers are kept in small, dirty cages with little care (Source: Human Society). Other animals can also be bread under similar conditions.
When you adopt a pet from the shelter, not only are you saving their life, but you are also NOT supporting some of these inhumane breeding practices.
Other benefits of choosing your newest member of the family from the shelter include:
- Most pets end up homeless through no fault of their own—”moving” and “landlord issues” are the top reasons people give for relinquishing their pets, meaning shelters and rescue groups are full of wonderful, family-ready pets.
- The cost of adopting a pet at an animal shelter is usually inexpensive compared to buying one from a breeder or pet store. Often animals adopted from shelters have already been neutered or there is some economic incentive to have the animal neutered. Most of these animals have also been wormed and vaccinated.
Bringing an adopted animal into our homes can have a positive effect on our health, our family, our economy and the community.
- Adopting a companion animal from a shelter means you are helping, and not contributing to, the pet overpopulation problem.
- Adopting a mature dog or cat means that you do not have to go through the demanding stage of raising a puppy or kitten.
- With a mature pet you have a good idea of the animal’s temperament and you know the animal’s adult size, hair coat etc.
- Mature pets are often house-trained (although some mistakes will likely occur until the animal is used to his/her new family, home and routine) and may even have some basic training.
- Providing the animals get along, an adopted pet can be good company for other pets.
- Shelter animals have beautiful temperaments and want to please their new people.
How to chose and bring in your newest family member:
- Before you bring home your new pet, here are a couple of things to consider:
- What kind of pet will work best in your household?
- Do you have enough time to devote to the daily needs of your new animal,
- especially a dog?
- Can you afford a new pet, including food, vet costs and other care?
- Is anyone in your home allergic to the animal?
- Would you adopt an older animal?
When you are ready, visit the local shelter or adoption center.