1. Almost 3 million cats and dogs in shelters are put down every year.
According to the Humane Society, these “adorable, adoptable” animals are put down due to overpopulation. Every year, around 8 million animals are taken in by shelters. The shelters that participate in euthanization are forced to put down millions of animals because they could not find forever homes for these pets.
2. Adopting a puppy means you are not supporting a puppy mill!
Almost all puppies purchased from pet stores come from puppy mills. This is where puppies are often neglected due to the large scale of breeding for profit. In puppy mills, puppies are overcrowded in tiny cages, with no opportunity to play or exercise.
3. Just because your dog/cat came from a breeder, doesn’t make it safe.
While there are many breeders out there who have done their homework, there are also many breeders in the business solely for the money. Those breeders do not take the animals well-being into consideration, which can lead to health problems for you pet down the road.
4. If you adopt a pet, you help break the myth that there are “just not enough homes” for shelter pets.
The sad fact is that are more than enough homes for these animals, but people choose to overlook shelter pets for pet store animals or breeders, or even free animals from friends or on the internet.
5. Your adoption fee helps a future stray animal!
While some shelters offer free adoptions for older cats and dogs, most do require an adoption fee. This is what helps them support the future stray animals that come through their door. The fee also is put towards your new pets shots and de-worming if necessary before adoption. These fees are what help maintain the shelter’s upkeep and ability to care for these animals in a safe manner.
6. Adopting a shelter pet means you’re able to take in a relinquished animal.
Sadly, many animals in shelters are not just strays, but animals that have been given up due to their owners “moving” or “inability to pay” for the animals health care. If you’re prepared to adopt an animal and know all the responsibilities that includes, then adopting an abandoned pet is one of the best things you can do!