There are many reasons to consider adopting a homeless animal. Pet overpopulation causes millions of dogs and cats to be euthanized each year in US animal shelters. Adoption can help put an end to this senseless tragedy. Adopting a shelter pet also helps take a stand against puppy mills. Puppy mills place profit above the physical, social and emotional health of the dogs. When a pet is adopted from a shelter it saves two lives. Adopting a pet makes room for another dog or cat to be rescued and allows others to be kept for a longer period of time, increasing their chances for adoption. Adoption is a continuous cycle of saving lives.
There are many healthy, friendly puppies and adult dogs, including purebreds, waiting for their forever homes at shelters. Shelters have a great selection of purebreds. One in four dogs available at shelters are purebred. They also have mixed-breeds, puppies, older dogs, big and small sizes, all that are very affordable. In many cases they have already been screened for good health and behavior, spayed or neutered, trained, microchipped and given all their shots.
There are many adoption organizations such as local shelters or rescue groups, private humane societies and SPCA’s. Potential adopters can find shelters and adoptable pets nationwide at the Animal League, a national advocate for pet adoption. Local shelters and breed rescue groups can also be found at Petfinder.com or at The Shelter Pet Project. The Shelter Pet Project is the result of an effort between the Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund and the Ad Council to promote adoption of shelter animals nationwide. Their goal is to make shelters the first place to turn to get a pet.
A shelter dog is priceless in terms of their devotion and love. There are many wonderful animals waiting to be faithful friends and loyal companions. Most are victims of circumstance; they are there through no fault of their own due to divorce, foreclosure or other lifestyle changes. Make adoption your first option. Adopting a pet is life changing and enriching, so be a hero, save a life and obtain a companion that will give unconditional love, affection and lifelong loyalty.