“What a good doggie you are, you always let us know when you need to go out!””
This is just one of the reasons busy people should consider adopting a pet from their local shelters instead of buying from pet stores. It takes a long time- with a lot of patience and consistency- to get your dog trained properly.
Other Reasons to Adopt
What other reasons would someone want to adopt for?
They’re giving up that little bundle of fur that is so cute in the store, but he may be more trouble then you are expecting once you get home?
The only thing I can think of that is on the down side of adopting is the fact you more than likely wouldn’t be getting a “puppy” or “kitten”.
Shelters Have Puppies, Too
Shelters, at times though, DO have litters of animals that need to be adopted out or someone’s pet has babies and family can’t afford to keep them and hand them over to a shelter. Are they purebred? Not usually. Will they love you as much as an expensive store bought animal? Absolutely.
Opening Up a Space
As I am thinking of good reasons to adopt an animal… there is an obvious fact that crosses my mind. And, the fact is that you would be saving a pets life.
There are few no kill shelters, as they fill up the long term animals that haven’t been adopted have to be euthanized to make room for more to come in. So not only are you saving one pets life you are saving two by making room for another pet to be sheltered.
A Certain Dog in Mind
Depending on you and your family, you may have a certain kind of dog in mind.
Is it for companionship, for protection or just to add joy to the family?
Shelters usually have many different breeds at one time and some will even give you a call if you are looking for a certain breed if one happens to come in. If you want to just check them out and see what is available, most shelters will take a dog out to play area and let you interact with it to see if you are interested and if the dog likes you.
You are able to see their personality, how they act with your children, or with another pet. If you are older you might just need a low key pet but find one you like really wouldn’t work because of the energy they have. It is a good time to see if you and the pet would connect personalities.
When you’re adopting from a shelter, you can rest at ease knowing your dog will already be spayed/neutered, vetted, and often microchipped. Pet store dogs don’t offer this. The vetting is your responsibility.
And, there could be more veterinary costs than you think… because most of the puppies found in pet stores are straight from the puppy mill.
On top of these points, if you watch your local shelters, most will have specials throughout the year.
Saving a Dog is a Wonderful Feeling
Adopting a pet is a wonderful feeling as the pet picks you just as much as you pick them!
Be a hero not just to your family but to a loyal companion who will love you until the end.
MY HERO SAVED ME; WILL YOU BE A HERO TOO? (Pictured: Smokie, my rescued Pit)