Adopt a pet — gain a friend for life

Reasons to adopt a pet

One great reason for adopting a pet instead of buying one is that, typically, pets for adoption from shelters and rescue groups are already spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Those services can cost hundreds of dollars, and when you adopt a pet, you not only save a life but you save a lot of money as well.

Instead of looking for say, small dogs for sale, think about looking for small dogs for adoption. Beware of pet stores or online pet sellers who just use the word “adopt” instead of buy. If there are lots of purebred or designer dogs and cats available (with more coming all the time), or if the pets all come from breeders, then that is not adoption. Some sellers have just changed their language to use the word “adopt” instead of “buy,” but the dangers are the same. The animals could be from mills, as are most all animals from pet stores and online pet sellers.

Puppies for sale: What’s wrong with that?
Purebred dogs and designer dogs were once a popular choice for people interested in getting a new pet. But times have changed, and now more than ever people are heading to shelters or rescue groups in search of a puppy or adult dog to bring home. That’s because dog adoption is becoming more mainstream as people move away from spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on purebreds.

Part of the shift is because for the average person in the market for a great pet, dog pedigrees just don’t matter. What’s more important is a dog’s personality, and “preloved” dogs have just as much of that.

To many people, a puppy for sale might not seem all that different than puppies for adoption, but the truth is that when you choose to buy from a dog breeder, pet store or anywhere else, it has a lasting impact— and not in a good way.

Consumers are getting smarter about a lot of things they buy, including caring more about where their purchases come from and how they’re made. Well, it’s not all that different with pets.

When you choose to adopt a pet instead of buy one, you can not only find adorable, unique, fun, sweet dogs and cats at local shelters and animal rescue groups, but you also become part of the solution to the homeless pet problem.

When people choose to buy a pet instead of adopt, they are part of the problem. And it can be even worse if someday those purchased pets (who are almost never spayed or neutered at purchase) have litters of puppies or kittens. It’s easy to see how one decision to buy instead of adopt has a snowball effect that leads to pets dying unnecessarily in shelters.