Pet-AdoptionAnimal shelters and humane societies are overrun with abandoned pets looking for loving homes. The real tragedy is that thousands of these animals end up being euthanized rather than adopted. Sadly, shelter animals are often thought of as “sloppy seconds” or “someone else’s problem.” On the contrary, a rescued dog or cat can be a great alternative to purchasing a pet from a breeder. Lets be the solution to the problem of overcrowded rescue, shelters and pet homelessness. Adopting a pet from a shelter can be one of the most rewarding things you can do. The benefits are numerous.

1. Save 2 Lives & Enrich Your Own. According to The Humane Society of the United States sadly about 4 million dogs and cats are put to sleep each year because of overcrowded animal shelters. Pets who don’t get adopted within a set time frame from a shelter are often euthanized due to shelter overcrowding & lack of supplies. Adopting a shelter pet means you are saving two lives. You are not only helping a deserving pet in need gain a home, but now there is shelter room for another animal in need to lay his or her head.

2. Clean Bill of Health. Pets up for adoption at reputable animal shelters will be healthy. Most have trained specialists on hand to examine the animals when they arrive and make sure they are vetted and fit for adoption. Those that are sickly get treated and cared for quickly. Shelters also normally give the animals proper shots and spay and neuter them. Fact or Fiction? Shelter pets have behavioral problems,  are damaged,  and sickly…Fiction. According to the Humane Society, most pets are handed over to shelters for “people reasons,” such as financial constraints, a move or a divorce.
3. Save Money. The cost of adopting a pet varies widely depending on the shelter always less expensive than buying an animal at a pet store or from a breeder. Shots, vaccines, and spay or neuter fees for your shelter pet are typically rolled into the shelter’s adoption fee and are much less expensive than if you went to a private vet. Some shelters may even spay and neuter the pets for for free. Some humane societies and shelters offer training classes and behavioral counseling for pets in their care. Also, keep in mind some pets were previously owned and cared for and therefore may have already been trained by their previous owners. Adopting a pre-trained pet from a humane society or animal shelter saves a lot of time and money when you consider the price for obedience school and pet-training services.
4. Don’t Support Puppy Mills. A puppy mill is a breeder who breeds dogs for maximum profit with little regard for the animal, they are looking to make money off helpless animals. Many of these breeders do not properly care for the puppies or their parents and house them in bad conditions. The dogs may have poor medical care. If you want a certain dog breed, check first with local animal shelters. According to, about 30 percent of shelter dogs are purebred. Putting your heart and your money toward adopting a shelter animal can reduce a cruel industry’s supply and demand.
5. Feel Good Feeling is Priceless. Get that heartwarming feeling of knowing you saved not just one but two lives. The pet you adopt will leave an open space for the shelter to take in another needy animal. Your rescued pet will also provide you with undying love and your life will be greatly enriched with companionship. Everybody wins. Pets can improve a person’s well-being in many ways, from providing a sense of purpose to even lowering blood pressure.
6. Large Selection of Animals to Choose From. The Humane Society recommends adopting from rescue groups and animal shelters because they offer new owners a great selection. The selection changes daily with new animals coming in, so families can take their time and wait for the perfect pet that meets everyone’s expectations. If you’ve decided against adoption because you’ve got your heart set on a purebred pet, think again. While 70 to 75 percent of pets in animal shelters are mixed breeds, 25 to 30 percent of pets at a shelter are pure bred. You can also contact a breed rescue organizations that specialize in specific breeds of cats and dogs. These organizations allow people to adopt pets that they have rescued. Animal shelters usually screen the temperaments of the pets so that families have some idea of the animal’s personality and background before buying it, which helps in deciding which pet would be best fit for their family.
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