Ten Reasons to Adopt a Pet
In case "Because it's the right thing to do" isn't enough
1. Because you'll save a life
A shelter pet is
more than one in a million—she's one in 2.7 million. That's the
number of adoptable dogs who are still euthanized each year in
the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too
few people adopt.
of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted
pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save your animal and open
up shelter space for another animal who might need it.
2. Because you'll get a great animal.
Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just
waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelter pets ended up there
because of a human problem like a move or a divorce, not because the animal
did anything wrong.
3. Because you'll get a great bargain.
When you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations and
sometimes microchipping is usually included in the adoption price, which
means you've scored a major deal—a fuzzy deal who will thank you with kisses
for years to come.
4. Because of the bragging rights.
No one needs to see another selfie - unless it’s a selfie of
you with the adorable dog you just adopted, like the hero you are! Adopt a pet, post the
pictures and let the love (likes) roll in.
5. Because it's one way to fight puppy mills.
You're too smart to get a dog from a pet store or online seller—you might as
well buy direct from a puppy mill. Puppy mills are "factory style" breeding
facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Animals from puppy
mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care,
and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled as a result. The moms 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.
Most puppies in pet stores and sold online come from puppy mills. The dogs
are sold to unsuspecting consumers in pet stores, over the Internet and
through classified ads. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people
stop supporting them. By adopting a pet, you can be certain you aren't
giving them a dime.
6. Because your decor will thank you.
Many of the pets from shelters and rescues are already housetrained, which
means you’re not only saving a pet’s life, you may be saving your rug.
7. Because all pets are good for your health, but an adopted pet is good
for your self-esteem.
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. And when you adopt,
you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need.
8. Because you’re environmentally responsible.
You recycle your paper and plastic so it doesn’t end up in landfills, and
you know that recycled materials make all sorts of things. A “recycled” pet
can make something even better: She can make you happy.
9. Because The Shelter Pet Project will make it super-easy.
We like easy. Go to PetFinder.com to find pets near you, of
every size, color, temperament and breed.
10. Because you'll change a homeless animal's whole world.
And get a new best friend in the bargain. Seriously, what could be better