Did you know that there are approximately 7.6 million companion animals living annually in shelters nationwide? There is no denying that there are a large number of dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, and critters living in cages that are ready and waiting for their perfect someone to come along and provide them with loving care. Instead of buying from a breeder or a pet store the next time you are looking for a new pet, why not consider adopting a pet from a shelter?
Why Should I Consider Adopting A Pet?
1. It helps end pet homelessness and takes burdens off of animal shelters
Shelters are overrun with animals and they often run short of the supplies they need in order to take care of these homeless pets. Each pet that is adopted into a good home is a step in the right direction to ending companion animal homelessness. Opting for a shelter pet or a rescue helps the shelter in several ways. They run on word-of-mouth, so anytime someone wants to know where you got your fur-baby, you can assist the shelter by spreading the word about their message and their mission. The adoption fees you pay will help the organization to care for other animals in need. Remember, most rescue and shelter organizations are non-profit. They educate the public on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets, and they insist on practicing what they preach, which significantly reduces the population of homeless or unwanted pets.
2. It gives a pet a new lease on life
Because of the sheer volume of animals in shelters, so many innocent lives are lost to euthanasia. When you adopt you are literally saving a life. Between 8-12 million cats and dogs are put down annually because shelters are overrun, and they can’t find homes for every animal. Even if you are adopting from a no-kill shelter you are still saving lives. By adopting from a shelter, you are helping to open up a spot for an animal that may end up in either a kill shelter or finding a demise from abuse or a vehicle incident. Older pets are often the last to be chosen – and the first to be euthanised. Senior pets find it particularly difficult to cope in strange environments. Thankfully, there are rescue groups who can match someone with the love, care, and friendship they need. There are so many ways that one adoption can help many lives.
3. You will receive unconditional love
Often animals that have been rescued have been forgotten, victims of cruelty, given up, or abandoned. They are aware they have been rescued and are extremely grateful for it. When adopting from a rescue or a shelter facility, there is an application process which allows the facility to properly assess a good fit between you and your new companion. The more information you can provide to them about you, your family (do you have children or seniors in the home), your living arrangements (apt, home, farm, other family pets), and your lifestyle (work at home or commute, outdoorsy type or stay at home, etc.) the better chances you’ll have of being matched up with a perfect dog, cat or critter. All animals desire and deserve a loving home. When you adopt a rescue pet, you’ll end up with a best friend for life.
Are you ready to rescue your next friend? Why not take a day this month and check out one of the following local shelters or rescue groups? CASA – Camano Island Everett Animal Shelter – Everett NOAH – Stanwood Rescue Groups: Old Dog Haven and Purrfect Pals both in Arlington.
Not quite ready to extend your family? Pledge to help out with a monetary donation, much needed supplies or consider helping by providing temporary foster care. To learn more about adopting, fostering or donating, contact a shelter or rescue group today and help a homeless pet in need find their forever home!