Why Adopt a Shelter Pet?

1. When you adopt a pet, you’ll actually save a life.

Around 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because too many people give up their pets, and too few people adopt from shelters (from Humane Society of The United States). However, every shelters have their limited space, so it’s always hard for them to decide to adopt new pets in the shelters. When you adopt a pet at the shelter, you’ll actually save two animals: the pet you adopt and an another homeless pet because you have helped the shelter to free up one more space. Is it a beautiful thing to do? Yes, it is.

2. When you adopt a pet, you also save your money.

Pet at a shelter are much cheaper than pet at a pet store. Getting pet at a pet store may cost you $500 to $1000 and more, but pet at a shelter only cost around $50 to $200 (from American Humane Association). Additional, pet at a shelters mostly have been already spayed or neutered and vaccinated, so you really get a lot of benefits for such that price.

3. “Animals at shelters are not healthy.” So wrong!

Animals at shelters are cheaper than animals at pet in stores no way means that animals at shelters are not healthy. They are absolutely healthy and vaccinated. They are happy and healthy pets just waiting to have a family. Shelters mostly examine and give vaccinations to animals when they arrive. However, a pet purchased from a pet store is a complete unknown. And, once you walk out of the store, you are on your own. Most pet stores don’t provide any support if you have questions or problems with your new pet. When you adopt, especially from a rescue group, you know what you are getting because the group has a history on the animal. The rescue group will also help you through the familiarization period because they are invested in providing a good home for that animal (from American Humane Association).

When I adopted my cat 4 months ago, the shelters didn’t provide me only guides and information to raise my cat, but also foods which were enough to feed my cat for about 3 weeks. I was very happy and satisfy with the services.

4. Are Pet Stores really a good choice?

Puppy and kitten mills (which sell to pet stores) are in business to make a profit, so they churn out puppies and kittens as fast as they can. These animals are often in ill health and have problems like poor socialization skills due to lack of human companionship and genetic defects due to inbreeding. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding pets are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction (from Humane Society of the United States).

 If you’re looking for a healthy, loving pet, many can readily be found in shelters and rescue groups around the country. But how about pets at Pet Stores and Puppy Mills? Together, we can reduce the number of animals suffering in puppy mills while saving the lives of millions of dogs in shelters. Adopting instead of buying has the power to save a lot of lives.

No matter what type of pet you’re looking for, a shelter or rescue organization is the place to go.

5. Finally, adopting a pet makes you a hero.

Is it true that pets always put a smile on your rosy cheeks every time you had a bad day from school or work? Pets can help your physical health as well. Just spending time with an animal can help lower a person’s blood pressure and cholesterol levels (from American Humane Association). In another simple way, pets aren’t just good friends; they’re also good medicine and can improve a person’s well-being in many ways.

And you know what, animals give you an unconditional love because you save their life by giving them a family instead of letting them alone. You’re actually a hero in their hearts.




The Humane Society of The United States. Top Five Reasons to Adopt. The Humane Society Of The United States, 11 July. 2014. Web. 4 August 2014.

American Humane Association. Buying vs. Adopting. The American Humane Association. Web. 4 August 2014.


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