Why You Should Adopt a Pet

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Around 68% of American households own a pet. Many of these people buy their pets rather than adopt them. However, there are plenty of reasons why adopting a pet is much better than buying one.

It will cost less to adopt a pet than to buy a pet. According to bestfriends.org, “Buying a pet can easily cost $500 to $1,000 or more. Adoption costs range from $50 to $200, depending on whether the pet comes from the city shelter or a rescue group that has spent money on boarding, vets and grooming.” You could save up to $950 from adopting a pet! You could use the money saved to buy toys and food for your new pet.

Animal shelters make sure their pets are healthy. According petsforpatriots.org “Rescued animals receive basic veterinary care and, in some cases, extraordinary care if they have been sick, injured or abused. In many locales, pets cannot be adopted until they are up-to-date on required vaccinations, and sterilized so as not to contribute to pet overpopulation.” This way you could be sure you are getting a healthy pet. Also, you won’t have to spend as much money on taking your pet to the vet after you get it.

When you adopt you often help not one pet, but two. According to www.humanesociety.org, “Overburdened shelters take in millions of stray, abused and lost animals every year, and by adopting an animal, you’re making room for others. Not only are you giving more animals a second chance, but the cost of your adoption goes directly towards helping those shelters better care for the animals they take in!” If shelters are already full, then they won’t be able to help any new pets. However, by adopting one you are opening another spot for any animal that may need it.

Adopting a pet instead of buying one means you aren’t supporting puppy mills. According to www.humanesociety.org, “Puppy mills are factory-style breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Animals from puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled as a result. The moms of these puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction.” The majority of pet stores get their dogs from puppy mills. If you buy a pet you are helping the puppy mills earn more money. No dog deserves to be stuck in a puppy mill.

You won’t have to put a lot of time into training your pet. According to www.humanesociety.org, “Many of the pets from shelters and rescues are already house-trained, which means you’re not only saving a pet’s life, you may be saving your rug. Adopting a mature pet not only gives older animals a second chance, it often means introducing them to your family will be much easier.” When you adopt an adult pet, they are often already house-trained. You won’t need to spend as much time training them, much less cleaning up their messes.

Adopting a pet is much better for both you and the pets.

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