Dogs and cats are just the most adorable animals that ever were. They have a well-earned reputation for loyalty and love. If you’d like to bring an animal into your home please adopt your pet from a local animal shelter.
Shelter pets are well-behaved!
Almost never is a pet ever put in a shelter because something was “wrong” with the poor thing. The pet could be there simply because of an unforeseen alteration in living conditions such as sickness or allergies in the family. Budget restraints can be a problem. Even if the pet came in with a few bad habits, they won’t have them when they leave. There are no bad pets, only bad owners. The bottom line is that they’re still furbabies that deserve love.
Don’t support mills!
The mills that produce many purebred dogs or cats are only concerned with profit. The sad result is animals sick in both body and soul. Please don’t support such villains. Adopting is not just the humane choice. It is also cost-effective. There is a fallacious idea that purebreds are better than mixed-breeds. The truth is that dogs of varying heritage are often hale and hearty as any purebred. Think of them as a home-cooked meal. You want meat and bread and vegetables and something sweet for dessert. A boxer/collie mix, for example, will be clever, energetic and easily groomed. A Chihuahua/poodle mix is affectionate, loyal and lively. Keep looking until you find the one right for you!
Shelter pets are healthy
Animals are cared for very well in shelters. Compare this to when they’re left to their own devices and aren’t cared for at all! Pets in creditable shelters get the latest in veterinary care at all times. Volunteers are ready and willing to make sure that every Fido and Fluffy are well-groomed with no parasites. Also of importance is seeing to it that the pups are well socialized enough to get on with people and other pets. Even if a dog has had a hard life, with a little love and patience they can be taught that humans are their friends. A good shelter will provide you extra information and aid as a public service. All the people involved are concerned about the best interests of the pet. You should be too!
There are just so many of them
We are not running out of puppies and kitties anytime soon. Please also keep in mind that there are elderly animals that also need good homes. If you believe that you need some more reasons, please take a few moments to read the following infographic.