Did you know that approximately 4 million adoptable animals are killed each year due mainly to overpopulation? Did you know that 25-30% of dogs for adoption in animal shelters are purebred? The other 70-75%, of course, are lovable, wonderful mixed-breed pets, just waiting for a chance to be your perfect new friend.
In an effort to help people make good choices when they adopt a animal, many humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues provide adoption counseling to help match you up with a pet for adoption.
If you have your heart set on a specific breed, before you check out a animal breeder or pet store, why not adopt a pet from a breed rescue organization? Breed rescues are groups that specialize in a particular breed of animal.
Don't be fooled into thinking that animal shelters and pet rescues are filled with animals that were discarded because they're "bad". Pets for adoption are wonderful companions who became the victims of family tragedy, unlucky circumstances or irresponsible owners.
Did you know that many backyard animal breeders and pet stores who supply the majority of purebreds simply are selling inbred pets without care for preventing genetic problems? Mixed breed pets have less inbreeding, generally less inherited genetic disease, and therefore overall lower vet bills and happier pets!
25% of pet dogs put to sleep in animal shelters are purebred.
Approximately 4 million animals are put to sleep each year due to overpopulation.
Adopting a animal from a humane society, an animal shelter, an SPCA, or a animal rescue group saves a life!
Pet Adoption is the loving option!
So, you want to adopt a pet, huh? Great idea! Here are a few reasons why pet adoption is the loving option:
Saving Lives: Whether you adopt a pet from a local animal shelter or a rescue organization, humane society or SPCA, you're saving lives. That's right: lives, as in more than one. I know, I know…you only want to adopt one animal, right? Adoption saves more than just the life of the pet you adopt. If you adopt from an animal shelter, you're making room for another animal, or you're allowing other animals at the shelter to be kept for a longer period of time, giving them a better shot at being adopted. If you adopt from a humane society, an SPCA or a rescue organization, you're allowing that organization to rescue another animal for adoption at a public shelter, which, of course, saves the life of that little guy plus the lives of others at that shelter by creating space so new pets can be kept longer. As you can see, adoption is truly a continuous cycle of saving lives and it's the right thing to do!
You know what you're getting (especially if you adopt an adult): There are a lot of things to consider when you're deciding what kind of personality your new family member should have. When you adopt an adult animal from a pet rescue, humane society or animal shelter instead of buying a baby animals at a breeder or a pet store, what you see is what you get. Their personality is already developed, and you'll be able to spot the characteristics you're looking for much more easily than with a baby animal. Pet rescue organizations, as well as many animal shelter SPCAs and humane societies provide animal adoption counseling, and are able to assess the personality of each animal for adoption and carefully match you up with the right one for your lifestyle. With a baby animals, there is a lot more guesswork involved. Sure, you can train your baby animal on certain behaviors, but other traits (like activity level) seem to be inherent in each individual. Want to adopt a animal who will instantly fit in with your family? That's easy when you adopt an adult from a humane society or SPCA, or from a rescue organization or animal shelter!
Pet adoption = an instant friend for life: Ask anybody who has adopted a pet, and they'll swear their bond with their rescued pal is as deep as they come. When you open your heart and your home to a pet who needs help, they really do show their appreciation for the rest of their life! Animals who have been uprooted from their homes, or have had difficult beginnings are likely to bond completely and deeply with their new human caretakers, whom they regard as heroes. baby animals who find themselves in the shelter or at a rescue because of a death or other tragedy in their former human family usually go through a mourning period. Once they are adopted, however, they usually want nothing more than to please their new hero---YOU! No matter what circumstances brought them to the rescue, most animals for adoption are exceptionally affectionate and attentive, and make extremely loyal companions.