Everyone has heard the mantra that shelters, pet rescues, and the animals they save live by: Adopt. Don’t shop.
But, why should you choose to adopt your new fur kid rather than buying one from the pet store? Turns out there are lots of good reasons for adopting and not shopping:
When you adopt, you are saving a life that is worth saving. Many animals who find themselves in animal shelters or in the care of a rescue have come from abusive situations, were abandoned and simply don’t know what it feels like to be loved, safe and secure. When you adopt, you are changing your fur kids life forever, and yours as well.
Adopting your furry kid can also appeal to your frugal side. Adopting your newest family member from a shelter or pet rescue will typically cost you anywhere from $50 to $200. Compare that to the thousands you can spend when you buy your pet from the store.
Most of the time, the animal you adopt will be spayed or neutered; have had a health check and all his preliminary vaccinations. All of those procedures can add up when you put them on top of the cost of buying from a pet store.
When you adopt, you can be sure that you are not supporting puppy mills and breeders who are only it in for the money. These mass-breeding businesses compromise the health of dogs and their puppies because they breed so many at one time.
Rescues and pet shelters are home to literally every breed of dog and cat – both purebred and mixed – that you could possibly want. There is such a wide selection available at most shelters and rescues that they have websites to help you search for your furry kid by age, sex, breed and size.
You’ll never experience a moment of loneliness when you adopt a pet. Pets can give your life a purpose because they give you someone to care for and give you unconditional love right back. Who doesn’t want to come home to a wagging tail at the end of the work day?
You can’t put a price tag on the love you will receive when you adopt your new furry companion from a shelter or rescue organization. You are not only saving a life, but supporting a good cause as well.