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5 Reasons to Adopt, Not Shop

Every year, approximately 6.5 million pets enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide, 1.5 million of which are euthanized. But you can help!

Not only are pets scientifically proven to reduce stress levels and improve blood pressure, but no one else can offer the unconditional love and companionship a pet can.

If you’re thinking of homing a new furry friend, here are just a few reasons why the GreaterGood.org believes in pet adoption over pet shops.

Save a Life

Too often, shelters euthanize animals due to room constraints, but if more people adopted pets instead of buying them, the number of pets euthanized would lower dramatically.

When you adopt, not only do you save your loving new companion, but you make space for other animals who desperately need it, creating a domino effect of goodness.

It’s a way to combat puppy mills

Puppy mill sounds cute until you find out they are factory-style breeding facilities that often prioritize profits over animal welfare. Housed in poor conditions with little to no medical care, the animals in these mills suffer greatly.

The puppies from these mills are often sick or traumatized and the mothers are discarded once they’re no longer “profitable.”

When a family buys a dog from a pet store, it’s almost certainly a puppy mill dog. When you adopt, you’re saying no to an awful practice and keeping money out of their pockets.

You get a support system

When you get a dog from a pet store, the transaction usually ends once you exit the door. Many pet stores don’t have the resources or knowledge to provide any support if you have questions or problems with your new pet.

However, shelters and rescue groups usually have history on the animal, and the volunteers get to know the animal’s personality and likes and dislikes. This helps ease the transition and more often than not, shelters are happy to help you through the introduction period because they care that the animal goes to a happy home.

Training can be easier

While some shelter animals come in as strays, a lot of them end up there because of a human problem like a move or a divorce, not because the animal wasn’t a good pet. In fact, many are already house-trained and used to living with families, so training comes easier as they are used to it.

It’s more affordable

Buying a pet is not cheap. Prices range from $500 to $1,000 or more! And that does not include the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations, or microchipping. Adoption fees very rarely break $200 and often include all those post-adoption amenities. A bargain when you consider you’ll be bringing home the companion of a lifetime!

Now that you know more about the magic of shelter pets, go forth and adopt!

Published on, August 27, 2019