Each year, due to overpopulated shelters and not enough people willing to adopt, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States.
There are many reasons potential pet owners don’t always consider adoption when looking for a furry companion. Some reasons include not knowing the animal’s history, potential behavior or health problems, and even their age.
Fortunately, there are extraordinary benefits to be gained for you and the animals through adoption. Besides the number of euthanized animals being greatly reduced, adoption also creates space for other animals who may desperately need to be sheltered until they find a forever home.
Adoption is a great way to save on some costs; many shelter animals are already housetrained and even used to living with a family, which eliminates housebreaking and training expenses. Additionally, things like spay/neuter and initial vaccinations are often included in the adoption fee.
You are guaranteed to get a great animal from your local shelter. Not only are you saving an animal’s life, but you are giving your pet a second chance with a loving owner. Adopting a mature pet often makes introducing him or her to your family much easier.
When you adopt, you offer a loving home to an animal who, even if just for a short amount of time, has known life without one. It’s been proven that animals are beneficial to their owner’s health by providing a sense of fulfillment and lessening feelings of loneliness.
Even though you might only adopt one animal, the cost of your adoption goes toward shelter expenses and animal care. Not only are you giving an animal a home when you adopt a pet, but you are contributing to better care for other animals at the shelter.
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