Why should you adopt a rescue pet?

When you decide to adopt a new pet, where do you think you’ll go: the pet store, Humane Society, local animal shelter? There are many places to adopt a new dog or cat, and most of them are just as good as any.  But there are also wonderful benefits to adopting a shelter pet in deep need of a forever home.

Adopting a shelter pet is becoming more and more popular. Why? It’s likely due to the fact that people now realize why adopting a pet in need is truly amazing. Whether you are adopting an older pet looking for his forever home or a younger one, there is no greater feeling than knowing that you are truly helping a pet in need.

According to the Humane Society of the Unites States, each year 8 to 12 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are euthanized because there are not enough homes for them.

Here are a few commonly expressed opinions about adopting a shelter pet:

  1. Adult pets are great. It’s sometimes nice to skip those stages with an older pet. You don’t have to worry about soiled carpets or puppy misbehavior. With older pets, a lot of the time you know exactly what you are getting. They’ve already learned so much!
  2. You might have a wider selection of animals to choose from if you expand your horizons from one type, age and life experience. Wouldn’t it be nice to look past everything and just find the exact pet that is right for you, no matter how old they are?
  3. Adopting a shelter pet can start a positive chain reaction. If you save a shelter pet’s life and feel really good about it, fall in love with your pet and tell all of your friends, maybe they will do the same. This chain reaction could save thousands of lives.
  4. Shelter pets are just as good as any! You’ll love them just the same no matter where they are from.
  5. You could be saving a life. With the overpopulation of pets in the United States, it is a fact that some pets are being euthanized just because no one wants to adopt them. Wouldn’t it feel great to save a life?
  6. Mass breeding does happen. Unfortunately, there are places out there that mass produce pets for profit. Sometimes these pets are mistreated. Adopting a dog or cat from a shelter could help stop this from happening.
  7. The cost associated with buying a pet from an animal shelter might be less than other avenues. You can get an amazing dog without breaking the bank. Not that price is the most important thing, of course. But it could help save money that you would rather use to spoil your new, adorable dog.
  8. You might find a forever friendship with the animal shelter. Have you ever been to an animal shelter and watched how much the volunteers love what they do? Many animal shelters are run strictly on volunteer programs. Wonderful people are helping these pets. You might find another place that your pet can call his or her second home. You could also make lifelong relationships with people that appreciate the lives of pets just as much as you do.

Make a difference in a pet’s life by adopting them through an animal shelter. You could be saving a life and gaining a lifelong companion at the same time. No matter where you choose to purchase your pet, leave knowing and feeling great about the difference that you are going to make in this a life.

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