Hey there everybody, Marissa here!
Okay, let’s say you’re considering adopting a pet from your local shelter. Whether you are a first time pet owner, or a seasoned pro, you might have questions.
Why is a shelter better than a pet store or a breeder? What if you want a purebred? What about mixed breeds? Will a new animal stress me out? Etc.
Let’s discover these answers together.
First off, adopting from your local shelter can help save lives. You might think this is obvious, but not to the degree people might think. According to The Humane Society of The United States, nearly 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized due to overcrowding in shelters here in the states. This number can drastically be brought down with more attention and awareness shared with members of the public, like you! Not only will you directly impact the life of the animal/animals you choose to bring home, but you also do the favor of making room for incoming animals as discussed by the Montreal SPCA.
There is a common misconception brought forth that animals that end up in city shelters are “bad” or are “broken” in some way. Banfield describes it perfectly when they say most of these animals are just victims of bad situations. Often times pets are dropped off due to the owners no longer being able to afford them, relocation of the owner, and some times even death of the owner/owners. Always remember to keep an open mind, as these dogs and cats deserve another shot at their forever home.
So, what if you have your heart set on a purebred?
We can all agree Yorkies, Corgis, and German Shepherds are stunning and intelligent. Maybe you have your mind made up, and that is totally okay! Often times, a quick Google search will yield the names of specific breed rescue organizations in your area! An example would be Southern California Bulldog Rescue.
Not only this, but city shelters are not a lost cause for finding purebred animals. Most organizations will offer a feature on their website allowing you to browse their available animals, always consider this!
If your heart is not totally set, I urge you to consider a mixed-breed animal. They offer so many benefits! Banfield lays them out by stating you can expect that they have undergone less in-breeding, they have inherited less genetic diseases, and you can expect to have lower vet bills in the long run. A lot of this is attributed to the fact that many breeds suffer from unique health issues. Examples can be seen in Great Danes undergoing heart disease and pugs/brachycephalic breeds having collapsed tracheas. Always do research on any breed that interests you. This should not be to deter you from adoption, but to prepare you for all possibilities in your future animal’s health down the line.
Just overall, why should you adopt a shelter pet in the first place?
If you are looking to extend your family further, rest assured that you will be able to add a new member for a lower adoption fee compared to a pet store or breeder. Know that your fee at most rescues mainly go to covering the microchipping, fixing, and vaccinations of your new pet/family member! This isn’t even the best part of it all. Pets in general, according to The Humane Society of The United States, boosts your overall health and mood, due to the unconditional love you will feel from your new pet. Providing for a pet can give a sense of purpose, and reduce feelings of being alone. Along with this, you will also receive a sense of pride knowing you have just contributed to the cause of ending euthanasia for space in shelters across the whole country!
When considering adding a new animal to your home, recognize that they should be treated as a member of your family. Dogs and cats are not “things” meant to be “bought”. They are animals that feel real emotion and are looking for a place to call their home.
Most are just asking for a couch to lay their head, a yard to play in, and a cuddle buddy.
So what are you waiting for? Get to Googling some dog rescues!
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment!