Save a dog today.
If you are ready to take on the responsibility of pet ownership, we would like to urge you to consider adopting. We believe there are countless reasons to adopt, and we have broken down a few them below!
“Approximately 5 to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 to 4 million are euthanized.” (Source: ASPCA)
“No shelter wants to euthanize an adoptable pet, but due to over breeding and a lack of space, this is an unfortunate consequence. The only way to break this cycle is to acquire your pet from a legitimate shelter or nonprofit rescue group. Every puppy or kitten sold by an irresponsible breeder means there is one more shelter animal that will not find a home. And many of those same kittens and puppies will end up in shelters themselves at some point in their life. There are currently about 163 million pet cats and dogs in the U.S., and about one out of every 20 in a current home ends up in a shelter each year.” (source AHA, American Humane Association)
“While acquiring a puppy, kitten from a friend, neighbor or Internet ad might seem innocent enough and free in most cases, in reality you are contributing to the pet overpopulation problem by creating demand for irresponsible breeding or enabling owners to have a convenient, guilt-free or sometimes profitable outlet for disposing of unwanted pets. In many cases, these people will go on to become repeat offenders, engaging in a continuous cycle of irresponsible breeding or pet acquisition and disposal because they know they can easily find a new home for the animal(s).The majority of pets acquired this way are not spayed or neutered, which also perpetuates the cycle of overpopulation. The only way to break this cycle is to choose not to participate in it.” (source AHA)
The cost to adopt a pet will differ from each shelter but is always a fraction of what you would pay compared to buying a dog from a breeder. Even if you get a puppy for free from an online ad, the cost to vaccinate and spay/neuter will cost more in the end then an adoption fee at the shelter. Our Raja was bought from a breeder by her first owner for $1,500, we paid $150 to adopt her fully vetted. The adoption fees at most shelters includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, worming, and heartworm or feline leukemia testing, and they are typically hundreds of dollars less than what you would spend to have all of these services performed at a veterinarian’s office. The fee to adopt is also small in comparison to what the shelter has paid to care for the animal. If you do decide to adopt from a shelter please consider donating something extra to help the shelter save more lives.
Choices, choices, choices
There are so many different dogs just waiting for a home at the shelter. Big dogs, little dogs, purebreds and mixed breeds. Shelters take in dogs in need no matter what their breed may be. With the variety the shelter offers you will be able to bond with a dogs personality instead of the way they look. However, if you decide after all of your research that you are set on a certain breed there is a rescue group for just about every breed out there.
If you’re not in a hurry to adopt, consider fostering first. When you foster you are able to care for an animal in your home while weighing the decision to adopt. This gives you a very real idea of what adopting a pet would be like. Of course this is were many people become “foster failures” and eventually adopt the foster into their home forever. We became foster failures with Raja after just one week!
You Will Get a Healthy Pet
When shelters bring in new dogs and cats they have them examined by a vet right away. Before these animals are ready for adoption they must be healthy and up to date on vaccinations. Most shelters will also test the pet’s temperament with other animals as well as observer their behaviors with people. This allows shelters to place the pet in the perfect home, matching their personalities with their forever home.
You Won’t Be Supporting a Puppy Mill
Many people are unaware they are supporting a puppy mill because they don’t know what to look for, or what questions to ask when they decide to buy a dog. People that run these operations are very good at deceiving the public with the pictures they post online and the ads they place in the paper. They know how to lure people in with cute puppies in the pet store or internet photos and play on their emotions. Unfortunately these people do not care about the welfare of the animal at all and are only concerned about the money made off the sale of the animal. Many puppies bought from puppy mills have serious behavioral and health problems that don’t show for several months. These things happen because of inbreeding and inhuman breeding practices. Sadly puppy mills still exist because people continue to support them. To learn more about puppy mills please read the facts: http://www.aspca.org/fight-cruelty/puppy-mills/puppy-mill-faq.
You Are Helping to Improve Your Community
When you adopt from a local shelter you are giving them money to rescue more needy animals in the community. Shelters will use your money to help improve the stray problem in your area, in turn improving the neighborhood. Shelters are also responsible for reducing the pet overpopulation problem with low cost spay and neuter clinics as well.
You Know What You Are Getting
When you buy your pet from a pet story, you get what you get and hopefully you like what you get. When you adopt, foster parents and volunteers are able to tell you exactly what a pet is like and can tell you in detail about their personality. Although the shelter may not be able to tell you exactly what breed every mutt may be, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? The shelter will be able to match your personality and lifestyle to your perfect pet, helping you to bond easier. Many shelters now will take the time to train the pets they have in their care and your new family member could already be house trained!