There are lots of good reasons to consider pet adoption rather than purchase a pet. Here are a few of them:
Buying a dog or cat can easily cost $500 to $1,000 or more. Pet adoption costs range from $50 to $200, depending on whether the pet comes from the city shelter or a rescue group that has invested money on boarding, vets and grooming.
You’re receiving more for your money if you obtain a mixed breed. Based on the well-established principle of “hybrid vigor,” a mixed-breed animal is most likely to live longer and cost even less in vet bills than a pure breed. Many purebred dogs are prone to developing health problems ranging from breathing problems to hip dysplasia to an enlarged heart.
A pet purchased from a pet store is a total unknown. And, once you walk out of the store, you are on your own. Most pet stores don’t provide any support if you have questions or issues with your new pet. When you adopt, especially from a rescue group, you know what you are obtaining because the group has a background on the animal. The rescue group will also aid you through the familiarization period due to the fact that they are invested in giving a good home for that dog or cat.
When you take on an adopted pet, you are rescuing a life. When you buy a pet, you not only deny a homeless pet a home, you are supporting an industry that flourishes on short-changing the welfare of animals. Puppy and kitten mills (which sell to pet stores) are in business to make a profit, so they churn out puppies and kittens as quickly as they are able. These animals are often in ill-health and have problems like poor socialization skills due to lack of human company and genetic defects due to inbreeding.
If you adopt, you get your preference of any age. Though puppies and kittens are cute and cuddly, they can also be a handful. A fully grown or older pet may be a more desirable fit for you. For example, adopting an adult dog who’s already house-trained and knows basic commands is often much easier than adopting a puppy, who must be taught these things.
You get just as much love (if not more). An adopted pet is every bit as loving, smart and devoted as a purchased dog or cat, even if you get an adult or older animal.