April 30th- National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day: Top 10 Reasons to Adopt from an Animal Shelter!

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Adopting a pet into the family can be a fun and exciting process!

Although you might already have a set breed or type in mind it is important to remember that there are many homeless pets waiting in shelters to be adopted by a loving home.

Here are just 10 reasons why you should adopt, not shop:

 

1. You save a life.

All animals at shelters are in need of a second chance. They have either been lost, given up or abandoned and are all unwanted and helpless. The great thing is you have the opportunity to give them a new life in a loving home! 

2. You help break the cycle of pet overpopulation.

There are not enough homes for all the animals that are born every year. Adopting from a shelter helps weaken the pet overpopulation cycle. Each year 8 to 12 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are euthanized because there are simply not enough homes for them.

3. You help stop cruelty in mass breeding facilities.

Throughout the country, thousands of commercial pet-breeding facilities and backyard breeders produce millions of animals for sale in pet stores and through newspaper ads. Often known as puppy and kitten mills, these facilities repeatedly impregnate female dogs that spend their entire lives in cages without human companionship. These unfortunate animals are often in intolerable environments, forced to produce litter upon litter, and are destroyed after they become unprofitable assets. Adopting a shelter animal means you don’t support such cruel practices.

4. You take advantage of adopting an adult animal.

Adult pets are great! Often they are already housetrained and some can even “sit” or “stay.” You won’t have to deal with the “puppy phase” or the “kitten phase” which means less of that youthful energy such as biting, chewing, clawing, etc. You will be able to see the personality of the adult animal and won’t have to wait to see what you get!

5. You get a lifetime resource with shelter employees and volunteers.

People who work at shelters will be a great resource to help you find information or resources for your new pet. Before you adopt your new pet the staff members work with the animals every day and know a lot about them. It is important to listen to what these shelter employees have to say and take their information and tips home with you and your new furry friend.

6. You choose from a great selection of animals.

Another great thing about shelters is that they offer a variety of breeds that you won’t find anywhere else. Not only can shelters have specific breeds and also the greatest mutts you’ll ever find! 

7. You adopt a pet who has received good care.

All animals that come to a shelter are admitted and checked on by experienced staff. They are usually given vaccinations upon arrival and go through a behavior screening process.

8. You support a valuable charity and community institution.

When you adopt a pet from your local shelter you are supporting not only that shelter but your community as well. The adoption fees go towards shelter necessities and improvements for taking care of the shelter animals before they are adopted.

9. You pay less.

Low adoption fees are much less than the cost of purebred puppies or kittens sold for profit. 

10. You encourage others to adopt animals from shelters.

When your friends ask where you got your new amazing pet you can tell them “at the shelter.” Your adoption may encourage them to visit their own local shelter and save a life just like you!

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