After you have determined what kind of pet will be the best fit for you and your family, you can start your search, but where should you look? Obviously, this depends on the type and breed of pet you are seeking. If you are looking for a very specific breed, it may take a bit longer to find. Although it may not work for everyone, here are 5 reasons why adopting your pet is a great option.
1) You Will Be Saving Pets’ Lives
There are hundreds of thousands of pets that are euthanized each year because of the overcrowding of animal shelters and rescues. The fact is, many of those could have been saved if people had chosen to adopt instead of purchasing their pets. In addition to saving the adopted animal, when you adopt from a shelter or rescue, that also frees up more space for other animals to be taken in and potentially find their forever homes.
2) You Will Save Money
Buying a pet from a breeder can be extremely expensive, particularly if you are looking for a more sought-after breed. Typically, animal shelters and rescues charge the same fee for all their adoptions, regardless of the breed. All of the age-appropriate shots and spaying/neutering are typically included with pet adoptions. Many times, shelters will even throw in some basic pet needs, such as food samples, flea treatments, or heartworm prevention medications. It has also become a common occurrence for shelters to microchip their adoptees.
3) Your New Pet May Already Have Some Training
Depending on the type and age of your pet, and the place from which you adopt, you could already have a jump start on training. For example, many rescues crate train their dogs, teach them how to walk on a leash, and potty train. Not to mention, if your pet is an adult, they have likely already learned some basic skills (like house-training!) from previous owners.
4) You Are Fighting Puppy (and Kitten) Mills
Puppies and kittens that are purchased from the pet store or online are more often than not the result of puppy or kitten mills. These mass-breeders treat the mothers they breed horribly, abandoning, or even killing mothers when they stop reproducing. For puppy and kitten mills, money is all that matters, and the well-being of the animals is barely even an afterthought.
5) Your Pet Will Bring Happiness
Pets, adopted or not, bring joy to their owners and reduce feelings of loneliness. Knowing that you have adopted and saved a life should bring even more happiness!
When you find your perfect pet, Avery Creek Pet Hospital is here to help you care for your new family member. At Avery Creek Pet Hospital, we have an experienced and skilled team of family veterinarians, as well as a fully functional pet hospital and surgery center. Contact us, we would be happy to discuss how we can help your pets live the healthy lives they deserve.