Top 5 Reasons to Adopt Your Next Pet



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According to the Human Society of the United States, somewhere between six to eight million cats and dogs enter animal shelters each year. Unfortunately only half of those pets will make it out of the shelters alive. With that in mind, here are five reasons to adopt your next pet.

1. Get a healthy pet
Many are under the assumption that animals that have made their way into shelters aresick or have severe behavioral problems. In reality, pets that come from scrupulous shelters are some of the most well-cared for animals you can find. According to Gail Buchwald of the ASPCA, “Shelters are wonderful place for animals. People say they’re too scared to adopt from a shelter. But the animals are being fed and loved and cared for.”

Indeed, most shelters ensure that all pets have been thoroughly examined before being put up for adoption. In fact, some shelters even go on to offer a health guarantee once the pet has left their facility!

2. Save money – a lot of money Adopting from a shelter is not only a humane thing to do – it’s also a frugal thing to do! Purchasing a dog from a pet store or breeder can cost hundreds (even thousands) of dollars. Once you get your pet home, you can expect to fork over even more money. Between shots, the initial vet visit and getting your pet spayed or neutered, the first round of care for your new pet can cost upwards of $1000.

Alternatively, when you adopt a pet from a shelter, you’ll pay a small adoption fee – typically between $25 – $100, depending on where you live. This adoption fee will generally include basic medical care, vaccinations, and the spay or neutering of your new pet. You’ll save loads of money – and you’ll have extra money left over to spend on toys for your new furbaby!

3. Pick your perfect match
Choosing your perfect pet can be a time-consuming process – and one that involves a lot of running around! Fortunately, animal shelters tend to be a “one-stop shop” when it comes to breeds and personality. And good news: if your heart is set on a purebred dog, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that according to the HSUS, an estimated 25% of shelter dogs are indeed purebred!

4. What you see is what you get
Ah, puppies. They’re so irresistible – so easy to fall in love with! Unfortunately, bringing home an adorable puppy can sometimes be like opening a can of worms. If the prospect of bringing home Beethoven frightens you, a shelter pup might be your best bet. The majority of shelter pets have already developed their personality – in other words, what you see is what you get! You can rest assured that your puppy won’t turn into a full-grown nightmare one year down the road. Oh, and kiss the dreaded training sessions goodbye – many shelter pets are even fully trained!

5. Save a life
Heartbreaking, but true: between 3 and 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States. Sadly, there is no such thing as a “no-kill” shelter. Instead, many of these shelters will unfortunately send their overflow to a shelter that does perform euthanasia, as detailed in the heartbreaking post by Jessica Stout, “Confessions of a Euthanasia Technician”.

Although taking just one cat or dog off of the list of thousands of pets on death row may seem like a drop in the bucket, it’s not – after all, it’s the world to that one cat or dog that you’ll be saving, isn’t it?

For great listings of reputable shelters in your area, you can visit the ASPCA’s list of shelters, browse the list of the Humane Society of the United States’ directory of shelters in your area, or even search’s online gallery of pets up for adoption in your area.

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