Adopt, Don’t Shop

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puppy-loveThe idea of pet adoption has been discussed a lot. While some organizations are trying to simply motivate people to adopt pets rather than buy a breeder, others go as far to say that buying animals accounts for helping the horrible industry of animal exploitation.

Small animal breeders are believed to treat their animals well, but there is still the problem of animal overpopulation: since there’s already a plentiful of homeless animals that end up in shelters and, eventually, are put to sleep. This means that every time a breeder animal is purchased, a homeless animal could have been saved.

Animals need a home. There are thousands of unfortunate dogs and cats that need a loving home which most of them will never get. The choice to adopt a pet reflects a compassionate decision, which could help advocate the change in current animal policies. In Toronto, for example, it is illegal to sell or purchase a cat or a dog, unless the animal is homeless or from a shelter. So, it is possible to change things that make sense changing, and by pet adoption, you help tuning the general mindset in a sensible way.

And in case we haven’t convinced you yet, here are more arguments in favor of pet adoption:

1. You save a life.
A shelter pet is more than one in a million—it is one in 2.7 million. That’s the number of adoptable dogs and cats who are still euthanized each year in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people adopt. By adopting a pet, you help reduce the number of euthanized animals and open up shelter space for another animal in need.

2. You get a great animal.
Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home. Some shelter pets ended up there because of a human problem like a move or a divorce, not because the animal did anything wrong. Most of the animals from shelters are already housetrained, which means adaptation to life in the house will be a piece of cake for both of you.

3. You get a great bargain.
When you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations and sometimes microchipping is usually included in the adoption price.

4. You help the fight against puppy mills.
You’re too smart to get a dog from a pet store or online seller—you might as well buy direct from a puppy mill. Puppy mills are breeding facilities, similar to factories, which put profit above the welfare of dogs. Animals from puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled as a result. The moms of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction.

5. Because all pets are good for your health, but an adopted pet is good for your self-esteem.
Animals have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need.

And just think about all that unconditional love and gratitude you’ll be getting on daily basis, as your pet happily wags its tail in your direction.

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Lenka Laskova

Lenka usually spends her time reading and writing. She loves animals and nature. In spare time, she translates poetry.