Are you considering pet adoption? If so, you have a big decision to make first. Are you going to buy from a breeder or simply stop by your local animal shelter to adopt a rescue pet? It may be a difficult decision but it is one we all have to make as potential pet owners. To help, I decided to make a short list of the benefits of adopting rescue pets.
Reasons to Adopt a Rescue Pet
A rescue pet is a pet that is adopted from an animal shelter or an animal control facility (also sometimes called the animal pound). Some pet shelters are no kill facilities while others put pets down that haven’t been adopted by a certain time. Here are a few benefits of chose a rescue pet over a pedigreed animal from a puppy mill or breeder.
1. Quality Time Before Adoption
One thing I was happily surprised with when I first visited my local animal shelter was their welcoming attitude toward the community. Adopting a pet is not a high pressure situation. They are not trying to talk you into buying any of the animals. They are not in a hurry to serve the next customer. Not only are you allowed to hold, walk and play with the cats and dogs, but you can have as much time as you like to decide. In fact, the shelter will not allow you to adopt an animal until you have spent time with them to make sure they are the right fit for your family. So go ahead, spend some quality time before you adopt, pressure-free!
2. Spend Less
I understand wanting to adopt animals of specific breeds, while they’re still puppies. Let’s call them the “American Dream Pets.” Personally, I’ve always wanted to adopt a Pomsky (pomeranian/husky). However, I chose to go to a shelter when I saw that the price tag for one pup was $3000. While you can easily spend thousands of dollars simply to adopt your pet with breeders (and that’s before the extra expenses like food, dog treats and toys,) it can cost under fifty dollars to adopt a rescue pet from a shelter! My local shelter even takes care of neutering your pet and rabies shots — for no extra charge. This particular benefit may vary from shelter to shelter. Don’t hesitate to ask what yours local shelter has to offer — they’re here to help!
3. Shelter Pets Need You
The bottom line is, there are millions of homeless, needy pets. These poor animals are dying on the streets and being put down in overwhelmed shelters while people are putting their names on wait lists for puppies who haven’t even been born yet!
Benefits of Adopting a Pet
In addition to these three benefits of adopting a rescue dog or cat, you get the obvious benefits of companionship and love. Often times rescue pets know just how lucky they are to have found a good home. They tend to make very loyal pets.
Additionally, pet adoption from a shelter or rescue group teaches children important lessons that will last throughout their lives. Pets can teach us all a great deal about compassion, responsibility, and unconditional love. As author India Blake said, “When you involve your children in the decision about which shelter animal to adopt, you’re giving them the opportunity to develop a lasting friendship that will last into their young adult years.” In her latest children’s book Gypsy to the Rescue, (affiliate link below) she shares the tale of a small German shepherd’s journey to find a forever home in this heartwarming tale of courage and companionship.
If your dream dog is a pure-bred Siberian Husky or St. Bernard, you may be surprised to find them at a local shelter. If you’re simply looking for a puppy or kitten to raise from a young age, your odds of finding one of those at a shelter is actually really high. You may have to remain a faithful visitor to the shelter for a couple of months until they get a pet you connect with. Or, you may get lucky like I did. I found an adorable 4-month old Australian Shepherd/Pit Bull doll on my first try! Do yourself and the orphaned animals a favor and stop by your local shelter (such as animal control, SPCA, or adoptapet.com) before you hand off this month’s mortgage payment to a breeder. It may be one of the best decisions you ever make!
Do you think you will consider adopting a rescue pet? Do you have any success stories you like to share about when you adopted a rescue pet?