5 of the Top Reasons You Should Adopt a Pet

5 of the Top Reasons You Should Adopt a Pet

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 08:49

There are many benefits of pet ownership such as stress relief, emotional support, and companionship. If you enjoy exploring the many beautiful hiking trails our area has to offer or going for a daily run, dogs make great exercise buddies. For families with children, not only do kids often form special bonds with pets but assisting with the care of pets (with appropriate adult supervision, of course) can help children learn responsibility. 

When considering a furry addition to your family, it is important to choose a pet that will fit best with your lifestyle. Are you and others in your household always on the go and rarely home for more than a few minutes? A puppy that isn’t house trained yet and needs to be let outside multiple times per day might not work out so well. Does your child have pet allergies? You probably want to do your research about breeds that are hypoallergenic. Would you rather lounge around on the couch than go outside and explore with your pet? An animal that doesn’t require a lot of exercise would probably be ideal. Hopefully, you get the picture.

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.