Why Adopt

Why Adopt?

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  1. Every dog or cat not purchased from a pet store or backyard breeder improves the pet overpopulation problem created by irresponsibility and greed.

  2. There are plenty of animals to choose from at most shelters. They come in every age, shape, size, coat color and breed mix, and you can find purebreds at shelters as well.

  3. Compared to the cost of purchasing a pet, adopting one from an animal shelter is relatively inexpensive. And if you get a slightly older dog or cat, there’s a good chance he is already fully vaccinated and neutered.

  4. Adopting an older pet allows you to skip over the time consuming, often frustrating puppy or kitten stage of development.Adopting a mature dog or cat also takes the guesswork out of determining what your pet will look like as an adult.

  5. Depending on his background, your older pet may already be housebroken or litter box trained and know basic obedience commands like come, sit, stay and down.

  6. If you have kids, adopting a shelter animal can open a young person’s eyes to the plight of homeless pets. It can also help him learn compassion and responsibility, as well as how wonderful it feels to provide a forever home to a pet that might otherwise live life in a cage.

  7. An older adoptive pet can be the perfect companion for an older person. Many middle-aged and senior pets require less physical exertion and attention than younger animals. The unconditional love and loyalty of a pet can lift depression, ease loneliness, lower blood pressure, and give you a reason to get up in the morning. A kitty asleep in your lap feels warm and comforting.  A dog that loves to walk or run outdoors can be just the incentive you need to start exercising regularly.

An adopted pet can enrich your life in ways both big and small. There are countless benefits to pet ownership, and when you know you saved your furry companion from an unpleasant fate, it makes the bond you share that much more meaningful.

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