There are millions of adorable and adoptable animals in shelters and rescues who are ready to find their forever homes. Unfortunately, many of these animals will not find loving homes and will ultimately be euthanized. You can help prevent this from happening by adopting your next pet(s) from a shelter or rescue and encouraging others to do the same. Here are a few excellent reasons why you should adopt your next pet from a shelter or rescue:
When you adopt a pet you save lives! Adopting one animal saves more than one life by making room for another animal to be adopted.
You will NOT be supporting puppy mills or backyard breeders and will NOT be contributing to the over population of animals.
Shelter pets come in all different colors, breeds, sizes, shapes, ages, and personalities. You can find the perfect pet for your family.
Approximately 25% of shelter animals are purebred. Additionally, there are thousands of rescue groups focused on specific breeds. You can save yourself hundreds if not thousands of dollars by adopting a purebred from a shelter or rescue instead of buying on from a pet shop or breeder. You will also have the advantage of being able to adopt an older and more mature animal if you don’t want a puppy.
Adoption fees are typically very reasonable and are usually less than $100.
Shelter dogs and cats are often spayed or neutered, vaccinated, have been tested for heartworms, had a behavior test, and some are even micro-chipped.
There are thousands of shelters and rescues groups nationwide that are overflowing with healthy and loving animals.
Approximately 8 to 12 million pets placed in shelters nationwide every year.
You have the option to teach an old dog new tricks or start new with a puppy.
Adult animals can often make better pets with many families than rambunctious kittens or puppies.
Many rescued animals are already trained and socialized due to the help of compassionate fosters and volunteers.
You can volunteer at a shelter or foster an animal, so you can get to know a potential pet before you commit to providing a forever home him/her. Additionally, your time with the adoptable animals will also help socialize them and increase their chances of finding a forever home.
Shelters are frequently receiving new adoptable animals. If you don’t find your perfect pet the first time you go to a shelter or rescue, you may find one the next time.
Adopted animals tend to know they are being saved and are very loyal and appreciative towards their owners.
Shelter animals are NOT damaged goods. They do however come from unfortunate circumstances due to no fault of their own. They want nothing more than to please and tend to new loving owners.
Shelters and rescues typically have a screening process to ensure the right pets find the right homes. Also if a shelter or rescue animal doesn’t work out in your home, he/she can usually be returned to the shelter or rescue group.
If you can’t bring a new pet home now, you can donate to a shelter or rescue helping to save the lives of animals and possibly even the life of your future pet. Any donation can help pets in need including used blankets, towels, unused toys, pet food, and your time.
Having an adopted animal is a great conversation starter at dog parks and social gatherings with other pet owners.
Shelter and rescues groups are not just limited to cats and dogs; you can find rescues for many types of animals including reptiles, birds, bunnies, rats, ferrets, etc.
It feels great to adopt a pet!
Every shelter or rescue animal deserves a permanent and loving home!
Studies have shown that owners of pets experience many health benefits including:
- Reduced Stress
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Decreased Cholesterol Levels
- Protection from Heart Disease
- Relief against Depression
- Lower Health Care Cost
In addition to social benefits including:
- Opportunities for outdoor exercise
- Opportunities for social interactions with other pet owners and neighbors
Lives I saved:
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