Blog the Change for Animals: Adopt a Pet

Today I am participating in Blog the Change for Animals, which takes place on the 15th of every January, April, July and October. Click the link above to see how you can join this Blog Hop.Today I’d like to encourage all of you to adopt a pet rather than buying one. Please visit Petfinder.com to see all the wonderful animals just looking for a forever home.

From the Humane Society website:

Top Five Reasons to Adopt

Thinking of adding a pet to your family? Here are five reasons to adopt your new best friend.

1. You’ll save a life

Sadly, between 3 and 4 million 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. Because there is limited space at shelters, staff members sometimes need to make very hard decisions to euthanize animals who haven’t been adopted.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. By adopting from a private humane society or animal shelter, breed rescue group, or the local animal control agency, you’ll help save the lives of two animals—the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up.

2. You’ll get a healthy pet

Animal shelters are brimming with happy, healthy animals just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelters examine and give vaccinations to animals when they arrive, and many spay or neuter them before being adopted. In addition to medical care, more and more shelters also screen animals for specific temperaments and behaviors to make sure each family finds the right pet for its lifestyle.

It is a common misconception that animals end up in shelters because they’ve been abused or done something “wrong”. In fact, most animals are given to shelters because of “people reasons,” not because of anything they’ve done. Things like a divorce, a move, lack of time or financial constraints are among the most common reasons why pets lose their homes.

3. You’ll save money

Adopting a pet from an animal shelter is much less expensive than buying a pet at a pet store or through other sources. In addition, animals from many shelters are already spayed or neutered and vaccinated, which makes the shelter’s fee a real bargain.

4. You’ll feel better

Pets have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups.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, and dog walking, pet grooming, and even petting provide increased physical activity that can help strengthen the heart, improve blood circulation, and slow the loss of bone tissue. Put simply, pets aren’t just good friends, they’re also good medicine and can improve a person’s well-being in many ways.

5. You won’t be supporting puppy mills and pet stores

Puppy mills are “factory style” dog-breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Most dogs raised in puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and the parents of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction. Puppy mill puppies are sold to unsuspecting consumers in pet stores, over the Internet and through newspaper classified advertisements to whoever is willing to pay for them.

Marketed as coming from great breeders, well-rehearsed sales tactics keep money flowing to the puppy mill by ensuring that buyers never get to see where the pups actually come from (a vital step in puppy buying). Many of the puppies have serious behavioral and health problems that might not be apparent for months, including medical problems that can cost thousands of dollars to treat, if they are treatable at all. Unfortunately, a lot of people are not even aware that puppy mills exist, so when they buy a pet from a pet store, online or other retail outlet, they are unwittingly supporting this cruel industry.

By adopting instead of buying a pet, you can be certain you aren’t supporting cruel puppy mills with your money. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop purchasing their dogs. Instead of buying a dog, visit your local shelter where you will likely to find dozens of healthy, well-socialized puppies and adult dogs—including purebreds—just waiting for that special home—yours.

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19 Responses to Blog the Change for Animals: Adopt a Pet

  1. Kim Clune says:

    This message never gets old an can’t be said enough…

    Thanks for Blogging the Change!
    Kim from
    BtC4animals.com
    ThisOneWildLife.com
    BarkOutLoudWeekly.com

  2. We live in the UK and were rescued by the RSPCA from a house with over 100 cats “living” there. We were taken to their rescue home and given ladygardenectomies and given our innoculations and clean furs. Then we went into their rehoming centre which was stretched to bursting point – we were put in fives (more than normal!) into cages with outside runs and people came to see us all.
    Our (now) mum had just had to have a kitty of 19+ years put to sleep because her health was failing fast and she was in pain fron arthritis and was looking for a replacement – so of course she chose both of us (well we were the pick of the bunch!!) and the rest is history. Of course she obeys our every command with freshly cooked chicken and lots of toys but best of all love and snuggles.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  3. silvercannon says:

    Statistically, black kitties and dogs have less of a chance of being adopted and I know of people who choose them because of that. Pet fur all over is a very small price to pay for the joy and love of caring for our animal companions.

  4. Joss says:

    excellent post and excellent advice. Adopt, people, adopt!

  5. Vicky says:

    Terrific message! Always make adoption your first option!

  6. Great blog the change post! I wish everyone would consider adoption first (and it’s what I blogged about during the last blog the change in January)!! You can get such a great dog that way – there are so many out there, just waiting for a home!!

  7. Kim Thomas says:

    Very important message – thanks for sharing the reminder to some, awareness to others!

  8. jan says:

    People adopting might also be told to listen to the volunteers and workers at the shelter who are familiar with the pets and can guide them to a good choice for their families.

  9. Such and important message. We adopted our kitten from a shelter in a pretty poor community. We chose not to adopt from the shelters in the city we lived in because they were all no kill. Instead the shelter we went with was a kill shelter that did little to care for the animals. I’m so glad we were able to rescue our little Jimi from there and give him a loving home.

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  11. Pup Fan says:

    Yes! Love this post. Adoption is the way to go!

  12. I think this is the right time for me to have a pet dog. I know having a pet is one way for me to save the life of the dog. In addition, this will help me have a good companion knowing that dog is man’s best friend.

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