If you’re thinking of adding a pet to your household there are many good reasons to adopt instead of purchasing one from a breeder.
You’ll save lives
The average female cat can produce three litters every year. The average number of kittens in each litter is between 4 and 6. In 7 years, one female cat and her offspring theoretically can produce 420,000 cats.
The average female dog can produce two litters every year. The average number of puppies in each litter is between 6 and 10. In 6 years one female dog and her offspring theoretically can produce 67,000 dogs.
Approximately 220,000 cats and dogs enter shelters each year, and approximately 80,000 cats and dogs are euthenized by shelters each year.
You’ll Get a Great Pet
Animal shelters and rescue groups have plenty of healthy, well behaved animals waiting for a home. Shelters examine and vaccinate animals when they arrive, and many shelters spay or neuter them before adoption. In addition to providing medical care, more and more shelters and rescue groups screen animals for specific temperaments (“personality characteristics) and behaviors to match pets with prospective owners.
It is a common belief that animals end up in shelters because they were abused or badly behaved. In truth, most animals in shelters are there because of “people reasons” Divorce, moving , lack of time, and financial constraints are among the most common reasons why pets lose their homes. Adopted pets are just as loving, intelligent and loyal as purchased pets.
You’ll Save Money
Adopting a pet from a shelter, animal services or a rescue organization are far less expensive than buying pet through a breeder or other means. Buying a pet can easily cost from $500 up to $2500 or more, adoption costs range from $100-$300. In addition most animals from shelters or rescues are already spayed/neutered and vaccinated.
Although many shelters and rescue groups have purebred animals, an adopted mixed breed pet may be healthier than a purebred pet as purebreds are pre disposed to genetic problems, and therefore cost less overall.
You Won’t Support Puppy or Kitten Mills
Puppy and kitten mills are factory style breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of animals. Most animals raised in these mills are housed in poor conditions with improper medical care. They are often in poor health and have ongoing behavior and health problems due to lack of human companionship and inbreeding. On September 21st 2011, Toronto took the bold step to ban the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores, effectively stunting the puppy mill industry. Despite this step, puppy and kitten mills continue to rake in revenue through misleading online ads as well as newspaper classified advertisments.
By adopting instead of buying a pet, you can be certain that you aren’t supporting puppy or kitten mills.
You Can Choose a Pet of Any Age
Although puppies and kittens are cute, they require an intense amount of work to train and care for. An adult or older pet that is already trained may be a better fit for your lifestyle. For example, adopting an adult dog that is already house trained and knows basic commands is often much easier than adopting a puppy.