THERE ARE 8,000,000 (YES, 8 MILLION) DOGS & CATS IN SHELTERS WHO NEED A HOME
This is a topic so very near and dear to my heart. Growing up, our pets came from local shelters, and as I grew older, I came to understand what a rescue pet truly meant. A rescued animal has history. They have a past, and usually this past is one they never want to remember. Cold cement floors. A space so tiny there's no room to turn around. Loud noises coming from every direction. Enclosed by 3 bare walls and a set of bars. Scared. Alone. Hovering in a corner.
Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many animals come into shelters and too few people consider ADOPTION/RESCUE when looking for a pet. The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people would ADOPT instead of shop.
When you ADOPT, you change your new pet's entire world and outlook on life. And you will come to find that this rescued soul will have the same effect on yours. Over the years, my rescues have taught me patience, kindness, responsibility, support, and unconditional love. They taught me how to observe, how to be calm and present. No matter what was happening in my life, my rescues were my constant, my best friends.
ADOPTING your pet has way more benefits than you think! We know the basics- save a life gain a best friend...but there is so much more to ADOPTING rather than buying.
To Name A Few......
1.) YOU SAVE MONEY! ADOPTING a pet is much more cost effective than buying from a breeder or pet store, and vaccines, microchipping and spay/neutering is often included!
2.) You help the fight against kitten and puppy mills- an industry only looking for profit. The animals are often very ill, are locked up in cold rooms with no love or care, and dumped on the side of the road when the mother can no longer carry a litter. DO YOU WANT TO SUPPORT THAT?!?
3.) When you ADOPT, you make room for another animal to live in the shelter. You save more than just one life!
4.) Most "preowned" shelter pets are house trained already- your house and wallet will thank you!
5.) You are getting more for your money when you ADOPT. Based on the well-established principle of “hybrid vigor,” a mixed-breed animal is likely to live longer and cost less in vet bills than a pure breed. Many purebred dogs and cats are prone to developing health problems ranging from breathing difficulties to hip dysplasia to an enlarged heart.
If you, or anyone you know, are considering welcoming a pet into your home, please consider ADOPTING and see firsthand how rewarding ADOPTION can be!