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Are you thinking of adding a new furry member to your family? Here are some important reasons why you should consider adopting shelter dogs or cats and providing them with their new forever home! Here are ten reasons to adopt a pet!
According to the ASPCA, approximately 920,000 animals are euthanized annually in the US. Although this is undoubtedly a significant decline from 2011's statistics (an estimate of 2.6 million), it's still a significant number that you can help change today!
Puppy mills and breeding facilities supply most commercial pet stores with the puppies that they sell. The female dogs are often kept in inhumane conditions in a pet store and have litter after litter of puppies.
The puppies in a pet store are taken away from their mothers at an early age and shipped to dealers. Don't support puppy mills or the vendors they work with.
Your local shelter is full of incredible dogs and cats (not to mention rabbits and other pets) available for adoption. Not interested in a "mutt" or "alley cat"? No problem! Shelter animals come in all shapes and sizes, including many purebred animals.
Have you always wanted a black and white long-haired male cat? You can find exactly what you're looking for at the shelter.
Purebred pets from a breeder or a pet store can cost anywhere from $500 to $2000. There's no need to spend that kind of money when you can get a shelter pet for a nominal adoption fee, sometimes as little as $25 . . . even for a purebred dog or cat!
Don't feel like going through the puppy and kitten stage with a new pet? Many adult dogs and cats are just waiting for a new home at every shelter. Some of the sweetest shelter animals are adults.
Often you will find a loving, mellow dog or cat whose elderly owner died or went into a nursing home who is patiently waiting for a lap and a cuddle!
Your local animal welfare organization is an integral part of the community. Besides taking in and adopting out homeless pets, they also perform valuable services such as low-cost spay/neuter and humane education. Your adoption fee enables these non-profits to help more pets.
There are millions of homeless dogs and cats in shelters across the country. Unfortunately, many owners haven't gotten the message about the importance of spaying or neutering, and there are many more kittens and puppies born than homes to take them.
Animal shelters in cities and counties and charity shelters and rescue groups are teeming with dogs who have lost their homes for various reasons.
You can help break the cycle of pet overpopulation by adopting a homeless pet.
Shelters and rescue groups put a lot of effort into ensuring their animals are well cared for. Very young animals are often sent to foster families for nurturing in-home care. Your new pet will be spayed or neutered and up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations. Many are also microchipped. Make sure to get a copy of your new pet's health record from the shelter.
Animals rescued from the streets or less than ideal-living conditions can have behavioral issues. Shelters take the socialization process very seriously. Volunteers come to the shelter and work with shy cats. Shelter dogs get excellent socialization and training from dedicated and experienced volunteers to ensure successful adoptions.
Go ahead, wear that "Never shop, always adopt" t-shirt, and tell everyone on Facebook and at the dog park where you got your amazing pet! Spread the good word about adopting a shelter pet.
You can also help and pledge support to the Humane Society of the United States here. It helps make an impact in the ongoing fight to protect all animals.
Are you thinking of adopting a homeless pet from Mexico? Here are some tips to get you started.
Adoption costs usually range from $50 to $500. The fee often covers necessary vaccines, wellness exams, and other medical processes the pet must undergo. Of course, this doesn't cover the supplies you will need for your new pet, so it's essential to be prepared before taking your new cat or dog home.
Shelters don't make the adoption process challenging to annoy you. They're just trying to find the best match between pets and their potential new owners. The application helps determine if your lifestyle, experience, and expectations align with the pet's needs.
Adopting a shelter or rescue pet means saving a life. With so many cats and dogs euthanized in shelters annually in the US alone, adopting is the kindest and most responsible choice. Every animal deserves a loving home. Opening your heart and home to a rescue animal will give them the safety, security, and companionship they desperately need.