"Free puppies" and "free kittens" ads are just about every where you look, and over the next few months, they will become more and more common. It seems like just about everyone you know has a kitten or a puppy who needs a home.
Why in the world would you want to go to a Petsmart Charities National Adoption Event like the one scheduled for the weekend of May 2-4, 2014? After all, you can get a pet "free" from many different places. Why spend money for one?
Or if you want to buy a purebred dog or cat, why should you adopt from a rescue group at an adoption event instead of the person selling that breed on Craigslist or some other classifieds site?
Here are nine great reasons to adopt through an organized rescue group at these events.
Note: Check tomorrow for a list of rescue groups who will have pets available for adoption at the Petsmarts in upstate South Carolina.
The dirty work has been done
By the time you meet the pet through a local rescue group at the Petsmart Charities National Adoption Event, the dirty work has already been done. It's almost certainly had a bath!
You're not getting a stolen pet
You're not getting a stolen animal. Many purebred dogs are being stolen out of people's backyards and being resold on Craigslist or other classifieds. Sometimes the dog is microchipped and sometimes it isn't. If you unknowingly (or knowingly) buy a stolen, at some point a vet is going to scan it for a microchip as part of their routine. If it turns out you have a stolen dog, you can expect to be spending some time explaining it to the police. Your local rescue group has already scanned for a microchip, and if one was found, has already tried to get it back to its owner.
You're saving a life
The pet most likely came from a kill-animal shelter or was taken in by the rescue to keep it from ending up at a kill-animal shelter. You are saving two lives - the one you take home, and the one that the rescue can saves from the shelter to take his spot.
Your pet is current on his shots
Your pet is current on all vaccines and has been wormed. You want a healthy pet. It is heartbreaking to see a family with good intentions get a free puppy and then a few days later end up in the vet's office with a very sick little puppy who is dying of parvo because whoever bred the pup didn't bother to give it the shots it needs to be healthy. You don't want to go through this.
The pet is already spayed or neutered.
You don't want to have a litter or puppies or kittens. Trust me on this one. If you think you do, then please check out the article "How two plus two equals 143".
Your pet has been microchipped. If your pet is ever stolen or runs away, a microchip may be the only thing that keeps him from being euthanized in a kill shelter. No, a collar isn't just as good - pets lose their collars all the time.
A pet that has been with a rescue group has most likely been staying in a foster home, where he or she is being assessed for behavior and temperament. You don't have to worry about someone lying to you that a dog is good with kids, or is housebroken, the rescue group will be honest with you about the pet and any issues it has. They want every adoption to be successful.
Freebies! Yes, you get a nice coupon book from Petsmart when you adopt a pet through their adoption events. These include everything from food to a wellness check.
A rescue stands behind the adoption
All rescue groups participating in the Petsmart Charities National Adoption Weekend events have been screened by Petsmart and stand behind their adoptions.