Over the years I have adopted several different types of pets. Here are some reasons why you should adopt your next pet.
1. Cut down on the stray population.
Sometimes pets that are up for adoption used to be feral or strays. The cat that I adopted many years ago was a feral cat that never really had lived in a proper home before. I adopted her through a rescue that specializes in rehabilitating stray cats. They gave all the cats that they rescued the proper shots as well as getting them spayed or neutered. I was very spoiled to have adopted a feral cat that got as much treatment as she did but sometimes that’s not the case for all stray animals. Sometimes when animals are taken to shelters to be adopted they aren’t fixed or don’t have the proper shots. In this case you would need to directly bring the animal to a vet to get them checked out. Don’t let that discourage you though. Adopting these stray animals through rescues or shelters help cut down the stray population as a whole. It slowly takes these animals out of the equation. When they get fixed this stops them from over breeding. I’ve never had a problem with adopting these types of pets and they become domesticated quite fast.
2. Gives that animal a loving home that they deserve.
Several years ago I adopted a dog that unfortunately had a bad previous owner. The dog was forced to wear a shock collar which obviously isn’t something that should be done. I was able to adopt the dog away from this bad owner and give him a loving home to live out. Sometimes people get pets and don’t know how to take care of or train them which can lead them to doing awful things, such as hitting the animal or using a shock collar. If you are up to the task adopting an animal that was abused by it’s previous owner can be quite rewarding when you are able to give them the loving home that they deserve.
3. It shows that you don’t support “puppy mills”.
Unfortunately there are many people that over breed animals just for the sake of making some money. Adopting an animal instead of buying an animal shows that you don’t support these puppy (or other animal) mills. The more people that stop buying from people who over breed the more it sends the message that puppy mills aren’t safe.
4. Gives you a chance to learn more about the pet.
Most rescues and shelters tend to have the history of the animal and are more knowledgeable when it comes to the specific animal. Every time I have adopted a pet the people running the rescue are very helpful and gave me plenty of information. This is usually because most rescues are ran by volunteers. These people don’t view this as a job but something they thoroughly enjoy. Many of them take turns fostering the animals until they have a permanent place to live. This is good if you are looking for a pet because these volunteers will be able to tell you all about each animal. They will know their behavior and likes and dislikes. They can easily pass along this information to you so that you can adopt the pet that will work out best for you.