Saviour: Why Adoption Is A Much Better Option

  • 09/04/2018

The decision to bring a dog into your family is a huge one, but even bigger is the decision on where to get your dog. Although there are a few options, adoption is by far the best.

Here are a few reasons why adoption is the better option.

  1. You’re saving a life – Even if you adopt from a no-kill shelter, your adoption can save a life. By adopting a pet from a shelter, you’re making room for another pet to come in its place. When you adopt from a shelter that euthanizes, you’re saving a life. And when you adopt from a no-kill shelter, you’re creating a place for an animal that might otherwise go to a shelter that euthanizes.
  2. You can find an already-trained dog – Dogs and cats end up in shelters for various reasons. Sometimes, it’s because of behavioural issues, but it’s more often a result of circumstance. There are dogs of all ages and training levels available at pet shelters, so you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for your home.
  3. You’ll meet your best friend – Dogs are amazing creatures, but there’s something about rescue dogs that are even more special. Maybe it’s the second chance at life, but they seem to form intense bonds with their rescuers. The connection may not be instant, but you’ll find your forever friend when you adopt. You’ll learn and grow in ways you never expected; A rescue pet can rescue you.

Adoption versus buying at a pet store

The majority of dogs at a pet store come from puppy mills, which should be enough of a reason to steer clear. Puppy mills breed dogs more often than recommended, which puts the animal’s health at risk. Profits are the bottom line for puppy mills and there’s little concern for the dog’s health.

There’s no guarantee that your shelter pet didn’t originally come from a puppy mill, but you can take comfort in the knowledge that you haven’t paid to support a terrible industry.

Adoption versus buying from a breeder

There are many reputable breeders that treat their animals with love and respect, but why buy when there are so many homeless animals in the world?

Many people mistakenly think they have to go to a breeder to get a purebred dog, but that’s not necessarily the case. About 25 percent of dogs in shelters are purebred.

If you’re on the fence about adopting, go visit a shelter and talk to the volunteers. Then, have a look at the animals. You may just walk out with your new best friend!


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