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8 reasons why should you adopt from a pet shelter

Are you thinking of adding a new member to your family? Here are 8 reasons to adopt your new best friend from a pet shelter.


LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

When the time has come, and you are ready to adopt a pet, you've thought about it for long time and a bit hesitant. You've crunched the numbers and know you can pay for food, vet care and probably more tennis balls, cat nip, rattling or chewing toys. And you spend night after night looking for the right pet for you, clicking through adorable photos and reading profiles. None of the matches feels perfect, until you see that right picture and you fall in love instantly and say, yup that’s my dog or that’s my cat!

THE GIFT OF GIVING AN ADULT PET A LIFE IT DESERVES

Adult pets are great! Most of them, they are already house trained, and some can even sit, stay, roll over and do a few tricks. You won’t have to deal with the “puppy phase” or the “kitten phase” which means less of that youthful energy such as biting, chewing, clawing, etc. You will be able to see the personality of the adult animal and won’t have to wait to see what you get.




ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

Pets are remarkably strong, more so than people. While dogs and cats who are victims of abuse may require more patience than others, they do come around. Positive reinforcement always works. And while it sounds cliché, love is all they need. Having a pet to take care of and keep you company can lift your spirits, lower stress and help remedy anxiety or depression. Bringing the unconditional love of a cat or dog into your home can do wonders for your happiness.



FEWER SURPRISES

One of the biggest misconceptions is that shelter pets behave badly and have health issues. Some shelter animals may have experienced trauma from previous owners and require more patience and training than others. But shelter staff will have evaluated each pet’s behavior before you take them home. You’ll know upfront what special care and attention may be needed. Also, most shelters provide quality medical care and ensure pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and treated for fleas and ticks before you adopt them.



Special needs

Some dogs are perfectly wonderful, but may have some special needs, like a three-legged or deaf dog. Some special needs may be medical, such as a dog who has seizures or diabetes. Owners willing to understand and adjust to their dog’s lifestyle quickly realize that all these dogs need is a chance! There is some financial cost involved, but medications for these problems allow us to take control over these special needs for our furry friends.

SAVING TWO LIVES

When you visit a local animal shelter and talk to the caring staff. You’ll realize that adopting a shelter pet is the best way to bring a new family member into your home. Every time you adopt a dog or cat from a shelter, you’re saving two lives, your new pet’s life and the life of the next homeless dog or cat that can now replace them at the shelter. Remember that a dog or cat is euthanized in America every 11 seconds, according to the Humane Society of the United States, and most are considered adoptable. Besides a pet from the shelter is almost always spayed/neutered and vaccinated with core vaccines.




SHELTER PETS ARE OFTEN HEALTHIER THAN ANIMALS BOUGHT ELSEWHERE

When new pets are brought to the shelter, they undergo full physicals and many shelters have veterinary clinics on site to treat any medical issues that arise. Shelter staff makes sure animals are in top shape before they are ready to be adopted into a new home. Many pet stores and even some breeders do not offer animals the same health services prior to adoption. Dogs born in puppy mills and sold at pet stores can carry diseases ranging from parasites to pneumonia, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


Supporting a great CAUSE

There are over 7,000 animal shelters in the U.S. Of the 5.5 million animals that enter shelters each year, only half are adopted by owners, while several hundred thousand are euthanized each year. Choosing to adopt save lives, frees up shelter space, and gives shelters the financial means to care for other helpless animals.

Next time you think in adopting a pet, consider your Local Pet Shelter




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