5 FANTASTIC REASONS TO ADOPT A SHELTER PET
5 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Pet – It seems like every family in America has a pet these days. According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 68 percent of U.S. households has at least one pet. The most popular pets are cats and dogs. The APPA says that there are 94 million cats and 90 million dogs that are kept as pets. If you are thinking about getting a pet, there are many reasons you should get one from a shelter.
Here are 5 fantastic reasons to adopt a shelter pet.
1. You Can Save an Animal’s Life
Unfortunately, when some animal shelters run out of room, they end up euthanizing perfectly healthy dogs and cats. In fact, 5,500 animals are killed every day. This equals about two million animals a year. By adopting a pet from one of these shelters, you can save their life.
2. You Can Save Money
Some people pay hundreds of dollars for a cat or a dog. When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you won’t have pay this much money. Most shelters simply charge a minimal adoption fee. This fee covers things like vaccinations and sterilization. Fees range from zero to $250.
3. You Can Adopt an Adult Cat or Dog
It’s a lot of work to housetrain a new puppy. Besides that, puppies like to chew on things and kittens are apt to claw. And even though it’s not their intention to hurt you, both puppies and kittens sometimes bite. Adopting from a shelter means you can adopt an adult cat or dog, which means you can bypass the kitten or puppy stage. This makes like much easier for many pet owners.
4. You Can Help to End Cruelty to Animals
Some people who sell puppies and kittens do not take very good care of them. They breed animals for profit only. Places like this are called puppy and kitten mills. These places are cruel for many reasons. Oftentimes, animals are kept in confined spaces with too many other cats or dogs. In many instances, these animals are also malnourished. Puppy and kitten mills are illegal in some states. However, some breeders continue to breed in inhumane ways. By not supporting these kinds of places, you are doing your part to shut them down.
5. You Can Support Your Local Animal Shelter
Even though there are 3,500 animal shelters in the United States, this is not enough to curb the nation’s homeless pet problem. There are 70 million stray animals in the United States. Sadly, only 5 to 8 million cats and dogs are placed in an animal shelter. When you adopt a pet, not only are you making space for other homeless animals, but you are supporting your local animal shelter. Your support is necessary so that they can continue to do the important work they are doing.
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