ADOPT DON’T SHOP!
When you choose to adopt a dog, you are also choosing to not support puppy farms!
Puppy farms are factory farms were dogs are bred for profit, this is usually in very inhumane conditions. Dogs that are ‘fit’ for breeding are often bred over and over again for years and years and when she is no longer able to produce litters, she will then be killed or abandoned. This is similar for cats, cats that are bred on kitten farms suffer from much of the same conditions. This is linked to buying dogs or cats from pet stores, a lot of pet stores here in the UK source their stock off dealers that work for the puppy/kitten farms.
Although choosing not to support puppy farms is a vital reason that you should adopt, there are many other reasons that you shouldn’t ‘shop’ for your pets.
Companion animals are overpopulated, Peta estimates that in the U.S., more than 6 million lost, abandoned or unwanted dogs and cats enter animal shelters each year.
The pet you adopt, is most likely going to be house trained. Cats will know how to use their litter tray and dogs will know it is wrong to urinate in the middle of your living room floor. They will also know it wrong to jump on furniture and bring your brand new curtains down.
You will save money
Most cats and dogs that are in adoption centres are spayed and neutered, they are de-fleaed and are checked over by a vet for any illnesses. Therefore, you are getting the pet you’ve always wanted without the extra prices.
You will find the right pet to fit your personality
Adoption centres will find the right match for you and your home/family. Whether you have kids and want an extremely energetic dog…or cat…or your looking for a pet who wants a quiet and relaxing home OR something in between. There will be something for you!
Can improve your health and make you happier
There have been various studies that have shown having a pet can improve your overall happiness and health. It is also said having pets help people with depression, stress, anxiety and many other ailments. Many studies have stated that the loyalty and affectionate nature that dogs show is shown to help people dealing with depression and mental illness. Other studies have shown that stroking your pet cat lowers your blood pressure and stress levels.
Most importantly you’ll save not one but two lives
You’ll firstly save the life of the pet your about to adopt. You’ll give them a brand new home with lots of cuddles, love and attention PLUS you will also save the life of another animal who is waiting for a free pen at the adoption centre.
There are hundreds of reasons why you should adopt a pet, these are just a select few. Take a trip down to your local pet shelter.
An extra consideration, if you are interested in adopting…CONSIDER ADOPTING AN ELDERLY PET if you possibly can. Elderly cats and dogs often get overlooked for younger and you could ensure that their remaining years are happy and comfortable. Cats Protection states that its unwanted older cats aged 12 years and above (65 years and over in human terms) now wait on average 96 days before being adopted – 32% longer than in 2010.
A dog is not a thing. A thing is replaceable. A dog is not. A thing is disposable. A dog is not. A thing doesn’t have a heart. A dog’s heart is bigger than any “thing” you can ever own. Elizabeth Parker, Paw Prints in the Sand.
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