Why Adopt a Pet?
Because you’ll save a life! Each year, 3 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the US. The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save a loving animal by making them part of your family and open up shelter space for another animal who might desperately need it.
Buying a pet can easily cost $500-$2000 or more. Adoption cost range from $50-$200 depending on whether the pet comes from the city shelter or rescue group that has spent money on boarding, vets and grooming. Also, a pet purchased from a pet store is a complete unknown, once you walk out of the store, you are on your own. Most pet stores don’t provide any support if you have questions or problems with your new pet. When you adopt, especially from a rescue group, you know what you are getting because the group has a history on the animal. The rescue group will also help you through the familiarization period because they are invested in providing a good home for that pet.
You’re getting more for your money if you get a mixed breed. Based on the well-established principle of “hybrid vigor” a mixed-breed animal is likely to live longer and cost less in vet bills than a pure breed. Many purebred dogs are prone to developing health problems ranging from breathing difficulties to hip dysplasia to enlarged heart. Keep in mind, when you adopt a pet, you are saving a life. When you buy a pet, you not only deny a homeless pet a home, you are supporting an industry that thrives on short-changing the welfare of animals. You also have a choice of any age! Though puppies and kittens are cute and cuddly, they can also be a handful. An adult or older pet may be a better fit for you. For example, adopting an adult dog who’s already house-trained and knows basic cues is often much easier than adopting a puppy, who must be taught these things.
“If not you, then who?”
If you cant ADOPT, FOSTER, if you cant foster, SPONSOR, if you can't sponsor, VOLUNTEER, if you can't volunteer, DONATE, if you can't donate, EDUCATE