Who doesn’t love a warm snuggle from a cuddly dog or a head nudge from a purring cat? That’s right. No one. Worldwide, people are adding new members to their families all the time. Are you considering buying or adopting a pet in the near future? Read on to find out more about why you should adopt instead of shop for your next pet.
1. Save a life
Each year, about 6.5 million pets enter U.S. adoption shelters. About 1.5 million of those animals are euthanized each year as well (ASPCA). Help save a life by adopting from a shelter. Individuals that breed animals often have the funds and connections to find homes for their animals, but that is not always the case for shelters and humane societies. In fact, some breeders may participate in unethical breeding practices and poor, sometimes abusive, animal care and by shopping, one is unintentionally supporting those practices. According to Jennifer Barrett, a humane educator at the Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor, Mich., “when you adopt an animal from a shelter or humane society like us you are supporting ethical animal care practices.”
2. Reap the benefits of adopting an adult animal
Adult animals, especially senior-aged animals are usually the first to be euthanized in shelters across the country. However, adopting adult animals comes with many benefits. Adult animals have established personalities that the shelter can make you aware of at the time of adoption. Adult animals are also already potty-trained, and the new owner will not have to go through that stage. Adult pets are often more socialized and have an easier time adjusting to life with their new families.
3. Stop the cycle of pet overpopulation
Overpopulation often occurs when an owner is not committed to the lifetime responsibilities of owning a pet or a pet is not properly spayed or neutered. This results in shelters receiving more surrendered or stray animals than they can often afford to care for or physically house. Remember: adopting or buying a pet from a breeder is a lifetime commitment! Always consider that before making your choice about whether or not you’d like a furry companion in your life.
4. Pay substantially less
The average cost for a dog from a breeder can range from $800 to $1,000. Similarly, a cat from a breeder can range from $300 to $1,200, depending on the color and breed. On the other hand, a dog from a shelter can range in price from $35 to $400 and a cat will cost between $50 to $100. Also, depending on the age or health conditions of a pet, the cat or dog could be completely free! Money talks, are you listening?
5. Support a valuable charity
When buying a cat or dog you are supporting an individual, a person looking to make a profit off of breeding animals. However, when adopting from a shelter, the money that is made goes straight back into the shelter. Whether it’s for veterinary costs, food costs, or rehoming costs, humane societies are not looking to turn a profit. They aim to serve their community and the animals within it!
Jennifer Barrett also explained the ways that the HSHV supports its surrounding community.
“We have a Bountiful Bowls Pet Food Assistance program to assist with pet food supplies during trying times as well as a Harbor program to help pet owners in the event of a housing emergency like a house fire or medical emergency. Additionally, our vet clinic hosts low cost vaccination clinics once a month to assist with lowering veterinary care cost for the wider community.”
This is just one example of how humane societies use the funds of adopted animals to continue saving lives.
Although only 5 reasons are listed here, there are so many more. I sincerely hope you consider these reasons when looking into where your next pet will come from. Humane societies and shelters across the country will be thrilled to welcome you and help find the right animal for you when you choose to adopt. Give a new, loving life to a precious animal that truly deserves it. Repeat it with me: adopt don’t shop.