Adopt—Don’t Shop: Here’s a Few Good Reasons Why
Pets can really and truly enhance anyone’s life. They offer unconditional love and affection to their owners. If you treat them right, they really make anyone’s life better. This is why having pets is something that most people aim to get.
The question is usually: where do you get a pet?
Convenience will probably suggest buying a pet from a pet store. However, this is only going to perpetuate a negative market. Puppy mills are institutions wherein dogs are kept in horrendous conditions. They keep fertile females in small cages and keep them pregnant as many times as they can before they die.
This means that the animals aren’t healthy and are more than likely going to have health issues from birth. So what’s a potential pet owner to do?
The Answer: Go to a Pet Shelter
Pet Shelters are everywhere. They are institutions that take in animals that are found or given up. Common misconceptions about pet shelters are:
- They don’t have purebreds
- The animals are unhealthy
- Adoption is a hassle
These aren’t true at all. Animal shelters have a great variety of animal breeds and ages. You can get puppies and kittens from a shelter. Shelter animals are under constant medical supervision to ensure they are completely healthy. The adoption process is straightforward. The slight delay is because the people who run the shelter will want to make sure that it’s a good fit. They care about the animals and their reactions about their adoptive parent. The adoption fee is not as heavy as what you would expect from pet shops.
As you can see, shelter animals are better taken care of instead of pet shops. Shelters are comprised of dedicated individuals who make it their mission that the animals get the very best of care.
When you get a pet, it would be better if you adopt and not shop around for one.