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? Because of that difficult decision we all have to make as potential pet owners, I decided to make a short list of the benefits of adopting rescue pets.
Why Adopt a Rescue Pet? 3 Benefits
1. Quality Time Before Adopt
One thing I was happily surprised with when I first visited my local animal shelter was their welcoming attitude toward the community. Not only are you allowed to hold, walk and play with the cats and dogs, but the shelter will not allow you to adopt any 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), but 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, but 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 — especially dogs — 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!
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 one in; or, you may get lucky like I did and find an adorable 4-month old Australian Shepherd/Pit Bull doll on your 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?