Should you adopt a pet?
If you are thinking of adding a furry family member, why not adopt a pet from your local animal shelter?
Shelters all over the country are full of homeless dogs and cats needing homes. Spring is especially busy for pet adoption centers as strays have new litters more frequently in warm weather. It’s not uncommon for people to come across litters of helpless kittens that they bring to their local rescue shelter. There is no shortage of pets to adopt, sadly thousands are euthanized yearly.
Another excellent reason to adopt a pet is because it makes your heart feel good, it just does. Ask any person who adopted or rescued their dog or cat, there are many positive rewards for both owner and pet. Caring for another creature can be very fulfilling. The love and affection received from a grateful pet is good for the soul. In return, your companion has a happy and healthy home with loving people providing for their basic needs. Scientific evidence has shown that many health benefits come along with pet ownership. For instance, our dogs and cats help us relax, lower our blood pressure, keep us active and more. When there are so many pets in shelters, adoption is a no-brainer. Find out more about adopting a dog:
One of the most important reasons to adopt a pet, in my opinion, is to help prevent and shut down puppy mills. What is a puppy mill? “The term “puppy mill” refers to a large-scale commercial dog breeding enterprise. Puppy mill proprietors mass-produce puppies by over-breeding dogs, generally regardless of health or genetic defects.” These puppies are then sold to pet shops who in turn sell them to the public. The conditions these dogs are housed and bred in are deplorable and these puppy mills should not exist. However, they do and the best way to combat it is to adopt from a legitimate animal shelter. If you are in the market to purchase a breed dog, find a reputable breeder and check them out thoroughly before buying a puppy or kitten.