An alarming number of adoptable pets are becoming euthanized in the United States. The unfortunate reason – Too many pets are brought into shelters and not enough people will consider adoption. There are several reasons why adopting is better than buying.
You Will Save a Life. With 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats euthanized each year, that number can be reduced if you and other families would consider adopting rather than buying. When you adopt, you’re not just bringing home a pet that will become part of your family, you’re opening space at the shelter for another dog in desperate need.
A Step Toward Fighting Against Puppy Mills. If you purchase a puppy from a pet store or online seller group, you’re likely getting a dog that came from a puppy mill. Dogs in puppy mills usually live in poor conditions without proper medical care. Because a puppy mill is typically overcrowded, the dogs become frequently sick and can develop behavioral issues. Opting for adoption will eventually put puppy mills out of business.
Most Adoptable Dogs are House Trained. Depending on the age of the dog you adopt, he or she may already be house trained. When you buy a puppy from a pet store or breeder, you will have to take time to house train. If you work during the day, it can quickly become overwhelming – So why not adopt and save yourself the stress?
“So why not adopt and save yourself the stress?”
You Will Save Money. Buying a pure-bred dog from a breeder can be quite costly. Not to mention, once you buy the dog you still need to bring it to the vet to get neutered or spayed. When adopting, shelters usually neuter or spay animals before sending them to their forever home.
Adding a Boost to Your Health. Dogs make great companions. There’s no doubt they give you unconditional love. Studies have shown that dogs can be psychologically, physically, and emotionally beneficial to their owners. Caring for your new dog can provide you with a sense of purpose. Not to mention, when you adopt, you will feel fulfillment as you opened your home to an animal in need.
See Which One You Have a Connection With. The great thing about shelters is that you can take a trip over to one and see the dogs available for adoption. Some shelters allow you to take a dog for a walk around the yard. Petting the dogs and spending time with them will you to see which one you bond best with.
They Can Keep You Warm During Cold Nights. If you happen to adopt a cuddler, you don’t have to worry about cold nights. Once a dog has trust in you, they will usually curl right up on your lap and keep you warm.
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I have adopted all three of my pups and couldn’t ask for better bed warmers! Have you adopted? Share your reason why below.