Pet Adoption

Pet adoption is better than buying a pet for a number of reasons. You”ll save money and animals that are rescued from animal shelters always seem to retain a measure of gratitude to the people who rescue them, making them especially devoted pets.

Ten Reasons for Adoption From a Pet Shelter

When you make the decision to add a pet to your life, look into pet adoption at your local animal shelter. Many puppies, kittens, dogs, cats, and even rabbits and guinea pigs are available for adoption from your local animal shelter. These animals are waiting for a loving family to take them home. Choosing to adopt a pet from an animal shelter is a huge commitment but not without rewards.

Here are ten great reasons for pursuing pet adoption from an animal shelter instead of purchasing from a pet store.

  1. Animal shelters have the widest selection of adoptable pets that you will find anywhere. Animal shelters receive new animals of all ages and breeds every day, which provides you with a wide selection from which to choose your new pet.
  2. Animal shelters screen all their adoptable pets for health and temperament. The shelters strive to keep records on all former pets that are turned in to provide you with as much information about the animal as possible.Knowing that your new dog or cat is healthy and has a friendly temperament gives you peace of mind.
  3. Price is a major advantage of animal shelters over pet stores. Animal shelter adoption fees are drastically lower than the price of purchasing a pet from a pet store or breeder. A purebred dog or cat can cost you hundreds to even thousands of dollars compared to the, roughly, $60 you will spend to adopt a pet from an animal shelter.
  4. Many animal shelters will offer you the opportunity to participate in obedience training and pet-parenting classes upon the adoption of a new pet. This will help ease the transition for your pet as well as solidify the bond between you and your pet.
  5. When you take him home, your new dog or cat will have had all the proper vaccinations and have been de-wormed, if necessary. Many shelters also provide follow up vet services to ensure that your pet remains healthy and receives any needed boosters or vaccines.
  6. Shelter animals know what they”re up against. Having experienced the difficult trials of life, most animals don”t want to go through it again. Often, shelter animals are some of the most devoted and loyal pets.
  7. Shelters have the animals” best interests at heart. While pet stores and breeders sell pets for profit, animal shelters only want all of their animals to be adopted into a loving home where they can be taken care of.
  8. Animal shelters are full of mixed breed dogs who often have better health and temperaments than purebreds. Often mixed breed dogs will exhibit the traits of several breeds, making them a dog better suited to your personality and lifestyle. Purebred animals may have genetic defects that result in health problems; these are much less likely to occur in mixed breed animals.
  9. Animal shelters have pets of all ages and are full of puppies and kittens, as well as adult dogs and cats.
  10. The most important of all reasons for adoption from an animal shelter is simply the need for homes for the large number of cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies that are dropped off at animal shelters every day. When people do not spay or neuter their pets, unwanted litters of kittens and puppies become available. Pet adoption helps limit the expanding pet population by finding loving homes.

If you”re interested in animals other than cats and dogs, don”t rule out pet adoption. Many animal shelters take in small mammals, including rabbits and guinea pigs. If you”re in search of something more exotic, some even take in birds and reptiles.

Your future pet will provide a lifetime of unconditional love and companionship, which is just one more reason to open your home to a new pet. So what are you waiting for? Go save a life!

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