There are a number of options at your disposal if you’re looking to pick up a pet. You can buy one from a pet store or get a puppy or kitty from a friend. Yet another option is adopting a pet from a shelter. If you’re wondering what advantages come along with adoption a pet from a shelter, here’s a quick list of just a few pros.
- You’ll save a life. Shelters euthanize millions of animals every year in the U.S. If you adopt a pet from a shelter, you’ll keep that animal from needlessly losing its life.
- Your pet will be prepped. Most shelters examine and vaccinate animals when they come in, and will spay or neuter them before they are adopted.
- Save some money. Buying a pet from a pet store can cost hundreds of dollars, and that’s before fees for vaccinations or spaying or neutering. Shelters charge a nominal fee and then you’re set.
- Better behaved animals. Puppies and kitties are great, but they can be a lot of work. Many adult animals are already housebroken and trained to behave. They’ve also matured enough that the youthful has dissipated, and that means less biting, chewing, and clawing.
- Great selection. You’ll have your pick of many breeds of dogs and cats. There’s a must better chance that you’ll find the perfect pet for you.
- You don’t support puppy mills. Many puppies in pet stores are bred in facilities that serve only to pump out an many puppies as possible. Adopting from a shelter doesn’t support these inhumane facilities.
So, if you’re looking to adopt a pet, check out your local shelter. You’ll be doing yourself and a really great animal and big favor.