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Why You Should Adopt a Pet From a Shelter


I am just a pet owner and animal lover who wants to save animals' lives.

Consider adopting a pet from a shelter rather than a pet shop or breeder!

Consider adopting a pet from a shelter rather than a pet shop or breeder!

Considering Adoption?

If you are interested in getting a pet, there are some things you should consider first. Do you want a dog or a cat? How about a rabbit?

Once you decide this, you will need to find where to buy or where to adopt the pet from. When you buy a pet, whether it is from a pet store or a breeder, it can cost more than adopting from a shelter.

Considering adoption is an important part of welcoming a pet into your life. Finding a pet that will suit your lifestyle can be easier when adopting from a shelter. If you want an older pet, this will be a great place to start, but there are many puppies at the shelter to choose from as well.


11 Reasons to Adopt a Pet From a Shelter

1. To Save a Pet’s Life

When you adopt from a shelter, it frees up space for more animals, saving the life of your new best friend and other animals. Whether you adopt a dog or a cat, it still helps.

2. To Find Your Best Friend

Pets can be your best friend. They give you unconditional love and companionship. If you get a dog, they can also help keep you active, as they need frequent walks.

3. Shelter Pets Are Usually House-Trained

Many animals at the shelter are pets that the owner could no longer care for. The owners may have been sick, or they surrendered their pet for other reasons. But this means that the animal may already be house trained and will usually already know simple commands.

4. It Will Cost Less

Buying a dog or a cat or any pet can be costly.

Many shelter animals are spayed and neutered before adoption as well as being microchipped and up to date on all shots. This saves you a lot of money. A pet from a shelter may anywhere from $50 to around $150, depending on the above procedures. Buying from a pet store or breeder can cost much more.

7 More Reasons to Adopt:

  • Pets are great listeners.
  • They are great cuddlers; pet cuddles can help reduce anxiety.
  • They are accepting of who you are.
  • They can make you laugh.
  • No more sweeping up crumbs.
  • They will be your new binge-watching buddy.
  • Shelters want to find a forever home for these animals, while pet stores are about making a profit.

Adopting Versus Buying Pets

When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you are saving that pet's life. You are giving them a home they deserve. Some shelters are really full and can't accept new animals that are lost, so they end up going to kill shelters.

When you buy your pet from a pet store or somewhere else, yes, you are still giving that pet a home. But most puppies from a store are from puppy mills.

How to Avoid Puppy Mills

If you buy your puppy from a pet store, it is likely from a puppy mill.

Puppy mills are where dogs are bred. They usually are housed poorly and have no medical treatment. The mother dogs are in small cages and have no human companionship. Once the dog is no longer breedable, it is usually killed. Puppy mills are able to stay open because so many pet stores get their puppies from them. Let's fight to stop puppy mills by not supporting them with our money!

Deanie Boy

Deanie Boy

My Adoption Experience

In 2013, my mom received a call from a local shelter. They just brought two dogs in that were stranded out at the lake, and it was raining. We had been on a list to get these kinds of calls. We headed to the shelter to meet the dogs. By the time we got there, one pup had been rescued. We waited in a room, and the lady brought in a scared puppy. He came to me as I was on the floor at his level. He seemed to take right up with us. The lady informed us that if we didn't take him, he would likely be put down due to lack of space in the shelter.

It's 2018 now, and we still have our Deanie boy. I'm so glad we got him that day. He is my best friend, along with little Leo.


The Shelter Pet Project

The Shelter Pet Project is an organization that helps you find a pet in your area to adopt. The Humane Society and Maddie's Fund are two leading animal welfare groups that have come up with this project. It puts shelter animals first when it comes to adoption.

Just type in what pet you are looking for and your zip code, and find your new fur baby.

Remember: Adopting helps more than just one animal. When you adopt, you make room in that shelter for another animal to have a second chance. Please consider adoption today! Save a pet's life.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2018 Savanna H

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