1. Adopting puts a stop to puppy mills
Majority of the pets you buy from a pet store, a local breeder or online come from puppy mills. A puppy mill is a commercial dog breeding home/factory where pets are bred solely for profit. Female dogs are bred over and over again, young puppies are housed in small, wire-floored cages and separated from their mothers at a very young age. Each time you buy a pet, you support these cruel puppy mills. Find out more on where you’re putting your money into the next time you plan to get a pet home.
2. Stray animals deserve better
Every year millions of stray animals are euthanized. Reason being, homes couldn't be found for them. A sad truth, isn’t it? Stray animals freely wandering the streets often have a hard time surviving on their own. Some meet tragic ends with road accidents, others are forced to live with broken limbs and health issues. Some are abused at the hands of uncivilized humans. And a vast majority of them are malnourished and don’t even make it to adulthood. Life on the streets is certainly not all rosy. It’s the survival of the fittest. But every dog or cat out there on the streets deserves a forever home and companion to love them. Why buy a pet from a store when you can give a home to the more unfortunate ones.
3. Shelter pets are cheaper on the pocket
A pet from a shelter home has already had all of its vaccinations. Some shelters also have their animals spayed and neutered before they are put up for adoption. Why go through all the hassle of spaying and neutering, when you can get a healthy pet from a shelter home. Adoption fees are also lighter on the pocket than buying a pet from a pet store.
4. You save a Life
Adopting from a local rescue shelter gives a pet so many reasons to love you. There are millions of strays in shelter homes, some abused, some rescued from emaciation, some given up by homeowners and some made it there simply because they couldn’t find homes. Each time you open up your home to such strays rather than buying a pet, you save a life and you have something to be proud of. Adopting from a shelter not only saves one life but you also free up a spot at the shelter to save another pet’s life.
5. Shelter pets make great life companions
Often there is a misconception that shelter pets are broken and have temperamental issues. While some may, most pets are simply lonely and in need of a friend. These pets can bond really well and would love you the same way a pure breed would do. You just need to give them a chance. And even if you have an obsession for pure breeds, you can get one at a local shelter at a cheaper price.
Go visit a shelter. Find that waggy tail and wiggly butt you wish to have as your life companion and spread the word about pet adoption. #AdoptDontShop
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