You Save Lives
There are about 1 million cats and dogs being euthanized every year in the United States alone. When you choose to adopt, you choose to save a life. You save a homeless dog or cat by providing a loving home. You also free up space in the shelter so that another animal can get a second chance at finding their forever home.
You will completely change a homeless pet’s life, as they will yours!
There are Great Animals Waiting to be Adopted
Many animals end up at the shelter due to human problems such as moving, divorce, etc. Not because of anything the animal did wrong. Many are already trained, housebroken/ litter box trained, and are used to living with families.
It’ll Typically Cost you Significantly Less
The cost of the pet you adopt typically includes the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations, and sometimes even microchipping. Depending on which pet you buy, you could also be saving money and time if they are already housebroken and trained.
Fight Puppy and Kitten Mills
The money you spend on your pet’s adoption fees goes straight towards those shelters and rescue groups to take better care of the animals they take in! Many pet stores, online sellers, and feel markets get their puppies and kittens from puppy/kitten mills. Puppy/kitten mills are factory-style breeding facilities that make profit priority over the welfare of the animals involved. The dogs and cats come from poor conditions where the mother dogs and cats are overbred, resulting in puppies/kittens with poor health or future medical problems. By adopting a pet, you are ensuring that not even a dime is given to supporting puppy or kitten mills.
You Can Make an Informed Decision
Shelters and rescue centers have often spent quite a bit of time with the pet you want to adopt. They can typically have information on their recent medical history, if they are good with cats/dogs/kids, etc. Shelters and rescue groups want the absolute best outcome for the cats and dogs they take in as well as their future families. They try to give you as much information as possible about them to help you make the best decision on adoption.
You Can Pick a Pet that Fits You
The shelter offers dogs and cats in all stages of life. Maybe you are too busy to adopt a puppy to go through all the training and late nights. There are plenty of older dogs and cats. trained dogs and cats, puppies and kittens, and all different kinds of breeds to choose from. The Shelter Project also makes it easier. They let you filter what age and breeds of cats or dogs you would be interested in and give you results from shelters located near you. If you are interested in adopting a dog or cat from the shelter be sure to check out The Shelter Project.
For more information on reasons to adopt a furry friend check out the article by The Humane Society.
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