The decision to take in a furry or feathered new family member is exciting, and there are many places to look for that perfect addition. However, in my opinion, adopting a pet is usually always better than buying one. Here’s why:
1) You are saving a life. Unfortunately a huge number of animals are euthanised every day because they don’t have a forever home. And there just isn’t enough space, money, or shelters to accommodate all of them. By adopting a pet, you are saving a little life that otherwise may not have survived!
2) Pets at shelters are sometimes older and may already be house trained and socialised, saving you the time and effort of teaching them. Also, it’s usually already known if an animal at a shelter is good with other pets or children, making your decision that much more informed and safe.
3) Often you’re adopting a healthier animal, or at least are made aware of any pre-existing health conditions. When you adopt from recognised charitable organisations and shelters, the animal you’re adopting has most likely already been examined by a veterinarian, is up to date on their vaccines, and has been spayed/neutered. Sometimes when purchasing pets from breeders, owners aren’t sure of their vaccination history or if they’ve been examined and screened by a veterinarian for heritable diseases (which are more commonly found in pure bred animals).
4) You save money. Most recognised animal charities ensure the animals are wormed, vaccinated, and neutered before re-homing them. They usually receive these veterinary services at a discounted rate, passing on that savings to you for a reasonable adoption fee (which is far less than what you would be paying to get your pet up to snuff on their first year of veterinary costs!)
5) When you adopt you’re helping more than just one animal. That adoption fee you pay covers your pet’s veterinary care, but it also supports the charity and provides other animals with food and care.
6) Shelters have puppies, kittens, and pure breeds too. If you still have your heart set on a puppy or kitten, or even a pure bred pet, you can find them at shelters! there are many reasons why animals end up in shelters, even pure breeds. One of the most common reasons being that a family is moving house and aren’t allowed pets in the new one.
So when you’re looking for that new addition, consider adopting!