7 reasons to adopt from an animal shelter

Did you know there are only about 14,000 animal shelters in the United States but millions of animals waiting to be adopted?

Sadly, many people prefer to adopt from pet stores, which purchase 90 percent of their animals from breeders.

But this list will prove that doesn’t have to be the case. Here are seven reasons to adopt your future furry friend from an animal shelter.


Two lives will be saved

Shelter animals are being euthanized every day.

There are too many homeless animals for the shelters to support.

When you adopt a pet, a new space opens up for another lucky animal.

You will be saving a life and gaining a new best friend.


More affordable than you think


Adopting from a pet shop or breeder can cost lots of money.

When you adopt from a shelter, it cost considerably less. T

he adoption fee can range anywhere from free to $250.

This is a steal compared to pet store or breeder fees which can cost upward of a $1,000.

Even though this shouldn’t be your main motivation, it can be a definite positive in the decision.


You can help defy animal cruelty

Adopting from a shelter can help put an end to the ruthless puppy-breeding industry.

When you buy from a breeder or a pet shop, it only perpetuates future business.

Many puppies bought from breeders are living in unsanitary and overcrowded conditions, from malnutrition and starvation to sleeping and sitting in their own excrement.


Fewer veterinary costs

When new animals come to the shelter, they are immediately vaccinated.

They also receive a behavioral screening test to examine their behavior.

These animals are usually healthier than pet store animals because they have on-site veterinarians.

Adopting from pet stores usually requires outside veterinary costs that can range anywhere from $500-$1,500 to reverse the damaging effects of the conditions from breeder mills.


A more active lifestyle

A new furry friend could be the perfect way to keep up an active lifestyle and mental health benefits.

All animals need exercise and require a lot of attention.

A pet could be the perfect way to create a more active and healthier lifestyle.


So many shelter options

Animal shelters have a wide range of animals to choose from.

There are animals of all ages, older animals are usually house trained too.

There are pets of all different shapes, sizes and personalities.

You can find the perfect pet for you.


A life-long companion is yours

When you adopt a new pet, he/she is going to be your companion for life.

Adopting from a shelter gives you the option to find the perfect friend that will always be there for you, no matter what.

Whether it’s an older dog who just needs love and care, or an active kitty waiting for you to come and play.

by Spencer Marsh

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