Adopting A Companion Animal
Don’t Buy While So Many Die
Too many healthy, adoptable animals are euthanized in our nation’s shelters while puppy mills and backyard breeders continue to crank out huge numbers of animals for sale. Instead of supporting puppy mills, help homeless pets by adopting from your local animal shelter or rescue group.
Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter/Rescue Animal
- Adoption fees are much more affordable than purchase prices asked by pet stores and private breeders.
- Most shelters provide necessary shots and spaying/neutering before the animal goes home with you. Spaying/neutering helps to end the tremendous pet overpopulation problem, is healthier for your animal, and saves you time and money.
- Purebreds can be found at a shelter. Experts say approximately 10-12 percent of animals in shelters are purebreds. If your heart is set on a specific breed, check local shelters or contact a breed-specific rescue.
- Animals in shelters may be young, adult, or senior. Whatever age you are looking for, you can find the right animal at the shelter.
- You will serve as an example to others, who may become inspired to visit a shelter.
- An adopted animal is a companion for as long as he or she lives.
- At many adoption centers, staff work with you to make that perfect match.
- When you adopt an older dog or cat from the shelter, you already know the animal’s adult size, level of training, and temperament.
- Many dogs and cats awaiting adoption at shelters are already housebroken. With most family members gone during the work day for eight hours or more, house training is certainly an important consideration.
- About 7.6 million animals in the United States are awaiting homes in animal shelters. Many are euthanized to allow room for incoming animals. You can save a life by adopting your next companion.
What to Expect When You Adopt
- Some rescues may ask you to complete an application and agree to a home visit.
- Adoption Fees generally range from $30-$200.
- Many rescues and shelters spay/neuter animals before making them available for adoption.
How You Can Promote Animal Adoption
- Volunteer with local animal shelters and rescue groups.
- Always adopt and rescue your companion animals.
- Support nonprofit shelters and rescue groups with financial donations.
- Educate neighbors, friends, and family about the importance of animal adoption.
- Support legislation to end puppy mills and retail sale of companion animals.