Making the decision to adopt a pet is an important decision. Whether you are looking for a play mate for your other pets, an exercise buddy or a new best friend, there are many reasons why adopting a pet is a good choice.
Whether you are looking for a friendly face and wagging tail to come home to, a play mate for your other pets, an exercise buddy, a best friend for your child or a companion for you at home, there are many reasons why adopting your new pet is the right choice.
Purchasing a pet from a pet store or breeder can run from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars. Most adoption organizations charge an adoption fee to cover the cost of veterinarian care that will typically be a fraction of the cost of purchasing a pet.
The adoption fee varies by adoption organization but usually covers a veterinarian exam, initial vaccinations, screening for disease, spaying or neutering, flea and tick preventative treatment, micro-chipping, pet insurance and more.
No matter the size, color, breed, age or temperament of pet you are looking for, it can be found available for adoption. Many of the dogs and cats available for adoption are not pure breed but a combination of breeds. Mix breed dogs tend to live a longer life and have less vet bills because they are not prone to the genetic diseases inherent to many pure breed dogs such as dysplasia and enlarged heart. Breed specific rescues are experts on the types of dogs or cats they rescue and know the personalities and characteristics of the breed to help you determine if it is the right choice for your family.
Not Just Cats and Dogs - Small animals, rabbits, birds, reptiles, horses and farm animals are also available for adoption.
Shelter Pets Make Great Pets
Most pets for adoption were relinquished because of the personal problems of their owners such as lost job, moving, divorce, allergies, lack of time to care for the pet, sick or deceased owner, etc. and are not relinquished due to the fault or behavior of the animal.
By adopting you are saving the life of a relinquished or abandoned pet. Some adoption organizations are forced to euthanize animals to make room for more abandoned animals. By adopting a pet you are saving its life and also making room for one more animal to be cared for until it too can be rescued. Each year, millions of healthy and well-behaved animals are destroyed in shelters simply because there are not enough homes for all of them.