Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Adopt A Pet Instead of Buying

Thinking of welcoming a new pet into your home? Many animal shelters offer a wide selection of animals who are desperately seeking for a new home and a new family who will give them the chance to love and be loved. Here are 5 reasons to adopt a loving companion rather than buy one.

Reason #1: You will be a saviour to more than just one life

Shelters are overcrowded and only house animals temporarily. Adoption will not only save the life of the pet you are adopting, but will also help support the shelter and give them more space to rescue another homeless, vulnerable animal in need from injuries, starvation, sickness, and even death. 

Reason #2: Prevents pet overpopulation 

There are not enough homes to house every animal. Shelters have been facing a pet overpopulation for the last few decades and desperately need your help to combat this issue. You can be part of the solution by sterilizing your pet and thus, prevent unnecessary breeding which increases the risk of more stray animals. Most shelters spay or neuter every adopted animal to ensure that they do not contribute to pet overpopulation, whereas pet stores typically require extra (and quite pricey) payment to sterilize your pet.

Reason #3: Adopting is cheaper

Usually, when you adopt a pet, the cost of spaying/neutering, vaccinations, and even microchipping (which can significantly drive prices higher), is included in the adoption price. Furthermore, most shelters house a wide range of mixed-breed pets in comparison to pet stores, and these breeds often live longer than a pure breed who are prone to developing a range of health problems. This leads to more frequent vet visits, and therefore, increases in expenses.

Reason #4: Stop the unethical practices of puppy mills

Puppy mills are breeding facilities that prioritize profit over the welfare of dogs. Animals from puppy mills are kept in shockingly poor conditions with improper care, thus causing them to frequently develop health problems and trigger troubled behaviour. The mothers of these puppies are locked in confined cages to be bred for years without love and human companionship. Once they are used, tortured, and no longer profitable, they are simply discarded or killed. Puppy mills continue to operate through deception and a lack of awareness from customers who shop in pet stores or online. By adopting a pet and raising awareness of the harmful effects of buying from pet stores, you will help to decrease the puppy mill’s chances of survival, and in the process, save hundreds of lives. 

Reason #5: Everyone (including animals) deserves a second chance at love

Shelters are full of a wide selection of healthy, loving, and smart animals who were given up not because of their temperament, but generally due to their guardian’s circumstances. We need to eliminate the stigma that ‘stray’ is synonymous with ‘rabid’ or ‘trouble’ - but rather, understand that the animals typically rescued in shelters have been abandoned and neglected, and only want your love, care, and a new, loving home.

Adopting from a shelter is a simple act of love and heroism that goes a long way for you, for the shelter, and especially, for the animal in need. Welcoming a pet into your home is always a heart-warming experience, and through adoption, that experience will be even more fulfilling knowing that you were able to offer your new loving companion a second chance to live and experience love.