When you adopt a dog, you don't get a dog, you get a family. Adopting a pet allows you to get to know a dog or cat as a family member. If you shop for a pet, you are purchasing a relationship. There are many reasons why adoption is much better than buying a pet, and once you know these reasons, you'll never look at a pet shop again.
When you buy a pet from a store, you're supporting this cruel industry that often gets its animals from Puppy or Kitten Mills and encourages it to continue operating. These commercial breeding facilities exist solely for profit, with no regard for the welfare of the dogs. The conditions in these mills are appalling, with the animals living in tiny cages, never getting enough exercise or socialization, and constantly bred.
The mothers of these puppies and kittens are also confined to small cages with little to no veterinary care. They are given inadequate food and water and forced to produce litter after litter until they can no longer produce offspring. These conditions result in sick, neglected, and often behaviorally troubled animals that require expensive medical treatment and behavioral rehabilitation.
There are so many benefits to adopting pets from shelters! Every year, millions of pets end up in shelters because they were abandoned or their previous owners could no longer care for them. When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you are giving that pet a second chance at a happy life and also helping to reduce the demand for mill-bred animals. In addition to feeling good about helping an animal in need, there are also practical benefits to adopting from a shelter. Some of these includes:
When you adopt an animal, the shelter can tell you about its personality, likes, dislikes, and any medical issues it may have. You may also find a dog that is already house-trained and has his basic manners down pat. Many shelters require potential adopters to undergo an interview process before being approved, which can help ensure that you end up with a pet compatible with your lifestyle and personality.
The adoption fee covers the cost of vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and any other medical care the animal may need. This means that you can save hundreds of dollars by adopting rather than buying.
Shelter staff offers several checks-in to ensure dogs adjust well after being adopted. They ensure whether the dog is settling in well with his new owners and if his new owners are coping. After the official check-ins have been completed, many shelters will still be willing to provide support for dogs at any point during any behavioral and training process.
Whenever someone adopts an animal from a shelter, it frees up space for another animal in need. This is especially important in areas with high intakes of stray animals. So next time you want to add a furry friend to your family, remember to adopt, don't shop!
It's always good to do good deeds, and shelters are doing a great job in caring for the dogs and cats in their care, so by supporting a local shelter or by adopting a pet, you're giving a lot more to the community than just helping a needy pet.