Getting a New Pet: Don’t Shop When You can Adopt!

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Getting A New Pet: Don’t Shop When You Can Adopt

It may have been a while since we’ve seen headlines about deplorable conditions often found in places like puppy mills, that doesn’t mean they still don’t exist. When it comes to buying an animal from a pet store, breeder or other sources other than a shelter, consider some of these statistics:

  • Almost every dog purchased at a pet store comes with some type of parasite
  • Nearly half of all puppies bought from a store come with an illness
  • Practically 100% of dogs in pet stores came from a puppy mill
  • About a million dogs are thought to be confined to puppy mills in the United States

Almost all the mothers of these animals are kept in a tiny cage their entire life doing nothing more than producing puppies. They aren’t shown any kind of affection, able to run around, be walked on a leash or lead any other type of a normal life associated with being a companion animal.

These are just some of the many reasons we shouldn’t show our support of these types of situations by purchasing a pet from a store. Instead, there’s plenty of reasons to get a pet from a shelter instead. Even if you’re looking for a specific breed, most often they can accommodate you or at least offer you some type of mix of the type of canine you’re seeking when one arrives at the shelter and is looking for a good home.

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It’s Not Their Fault

Some people believe that animals end up in shelters due to aggression or other behavioral problems, but in the vast majority of cases, they land in these places through no fault of their own. If you look at the top ten reasons many animals are relinquished, moving is the number one issue that pet parents gave for giving up their dog or cat and others include:

  • A landlord that doesn’t accept pets
  • They have too many animals
  • The cost of maintenance
  • Having no time for them
  • No homes for puppies or kittens from a litter
  • Personal problems of the pet owner

To be fair, biting did end up on this list, but it only accounted for 3% of dogs surrendered to shelters. Even this type of behavior can be avoided with some simple training techniques and was likely due to problems with the owner and not that of the dog.

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Can’t Buy Me Love

This age-old saying is true for the most part, but not when it comes to purchasing a pet from a shelter. When you compare the prices to buying from a pet store or breeder, you’ll see significant savings when adopting from an animal from a shelter. Other benefits and financial savings include the fact that the majority of the time, these animals are already housetrained, spayed or neutered.

Charity Comes From The Heart

Remember when you adopt from a shelter, in many cases, you’re supporting the work they do to find forever homes for these displaced animals. This includes our foster program that places these pets into a temporary care situation until their long-term perfect parent is found.

More than anything else, there’s nothing that beats the feeling that you saved a life in many cases when you rescue an animal from a shelter. And these pets know exactly who was the person who rescued them from this life and will be forever grateful to you.

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~Amber Kinglsy~

About the author: Travel junkie, Amber Kingsley, is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA. Her art history background helps her hone in on topics that are of interest to readers. She is a dog enthusiast and loves spending time with her Pomeranian, Agatha.

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