If you are considering a new furry 4-pawed addition to your family then you need to think carefully about how you will obtain your next best friend. Many people will think that a trip to the pet store is in order, but there is a much better alternative! Here are some reasons as to why we think adoption is paws down the preferred choice and how it could be a WIN:WIN situation for both you and your new pet.
Adopt one dog and you save two lives!
Are you aware that in the United States there are 2 million shelter dogs euthanized every year? How heart-breaking is that? At the same time puppy mills are producing 2 million pooches that they supply to pet stores and elsewhere across the country.
There are just not enough dog adopters for the number of animals found in shelters. One of the main reasons for this is that people do not think about adopting from a shelter when they are looking for a new furry friend.
If you immediately think about a pet store then I really hope you will consider the alternative. Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue center will mean that, not only will you save a loving pooch by adding them to your family, you will also create a much-needed space for some other poor animal, giving them a lifeline too.
Surrendered due to circumstances not bad behavior
Each year in the US around 3.3 million dogs enter shelters, but sadly only 1.6 of these canine companions are adopted. There is no logical reason for this, as animal shelters are full to the brim with healthy and happy pooches that just want to go home with you and lead a normal life as part of a loving family.
The dogs in shelters are mainly there because of human problems such as moving, divorce, financial difficulties or death of their owner. They were happy with their families and did not do anything wrong. Most of the dogs are already housetrained and well-socialized with people and other dogs because they were part of a loving family before.
An adopted pooch will cost you less
If you go to a pet store for your new furry friend then you can easily spend from $500 to $1,000 and even more. The average cost of a dog adoption will be between $50 and $200. Also, you are likely to find that when you adopt a pooch their first vaccinations and neutering or spaying costs are included in the price.
Plus, because many shelter dogs will have housetraining already and some will also have been discipline trained, so this will save you money as well. Why pay over the odds for your new companion when you don’t have to?
Adopting your new friend will make you proud
You should be very proud if you have saved a pooch from an animal shelter. Tell the world about it! I always love it when I’m out walking and people stop to admire and pet my dog; I love it even more when I watch their jaws drop when I tell them I got him from the local rescue.
Oh, and remember to take selfies of you and your new best friend and get them out on social media. People will just love your pictures, and it will help to get the message across about adopting rather than buying.
Adopting puts pressure on the puppy mills
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) recently published statistics reporting that 34% of new dogs come from breeders while only 23% are adopted from a shelter. The term “breeders” is an interesting one. These numbers will contain animals purchased online, from a pet store or even a market.
The problem is that most of these pooches come from factory style puppy mills. They are profit driven businesses and the welfare of the animals comes a distant second. There are usually very inadequate living conditions in these puppy mills, and there is very little medical attention.
There are literally mom dogs held in cages just for breeding the next batch. These animals have very little human contact, and if the dogs don’t sell quickly then they end up euthanized, abandoned or sent to an auction.
There are very shady practices going on in some of these puppy mills. The only way to put them out of business is to stop buying dogs online, through classifieds and in pet stores. Adopting your next pet is the best way to make a stand against these dreadful places.
You can choose the dog that you want to adopt
A lot of people believe that if they adopt from a shelter then they will not have much of a choice and they won’t get a pure-bred dog. This couldn’t be further from the truth. You can visit the Shelter Pet Projectwebsite and find puppies or adult dogs of every breed, color, size and temperament in shelters near you.
Around 17 million people a year decide to add a pet to their family. If you are one of these then please adopt don’t buy. You will have saved your new best friend from a pitiful existence and you will also have changed their whole world.
As individuals, adopting one dog seems a drop in the ocean when there are at least 10000 shelter dogs euthanized EVERY DAY, but if 17 million people adopted, just think what a difference that would make!
Finally, please believe me when I say that there is no love than the love of a rescued dog – it’s as if they know what you have done for them and they will reward you with unconditional love, loyalty and devotion for life.
A person is the best thing that could happen to a shelter dog – please be that person!
Wishing you and your canine companions the best of health,
Helen Broadley & The FidoActive Team
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