5 Great Reasons to Adopt a Homeless Pet

There are plenty of good reasons for you to adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue organization. Here are five reasons why pet adoption is not only good for your family but also good for the animals you adopt and your community, too.

1. You help stop cruelty in mass breeding facilities
While there are responsible breeders, there are many more that are not. Throughout the country, thousands of commercial pet-breeding facilities and backyard breeders produce millions of animals for sale in pet stores and through newspaper ads. Often known as puppy and kitten mills, these facilities repeatedly impregnate female animals that spend their entire lives in cages without human companionship. These unfortunate animals are often in intolerable environments, forced to produce litter upon litter, and are destroyed after they become unprofitable assets. Adopting a shelter animal means you don’t support such cruel practices. Read more.  

2. You help break the cycle of pet overpopulation and save a life
There are not enough homes for all the animals that are born every year. Adopting from a shelter helps weaken the pet overpopulation cycle. Each year millions of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are euthanized because there are simply not enough homes for them. Read more.

3. You're helping the community
Pet overpopulation is a serious problem. Feral and stray animals can cause accidents, spread disease, injure pets, wild animals or even people. Intact (not spayed or neutered) animals can keep producing more animals without homes to go to. Supporting your local shelter helps get animals off the streets and prevents more of them from being born. Read more.

4. You support a valuable charity
Sadly, every community in America requires an animal shelter. When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you assist a not-for-profit organization, but also send a message to others who will be asking you for years to come where you obtained your adorable pet. Shelters improve the community by mandating that adopted animals be spayed or neutered. This requirement diminishes chances that more unwanted animals will enter the world. Read more.

5. Adoption often costs less
Pets adopted from shelters and rescue groups usually cost less than pets purchased or even obtained for free. Once you include the cost of vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, deworming treatment and health guarantee, you’ll be surprised what a good deal an adopted pet really is! Also, did you know that more than 25% of cats and dogs who enter into shelters are pure breeds? If you’re truly set on a specific purebred cat or dog, there are breed-specific rescues that work to match up the right owner with the perfect purebred pet. Read more.