Looking for creative ways to stay warm this winter? What about cuddling up with a brand new pet?
If you are thinking of adding a new four-legged family member, take a trip to your local shelter. There are plenty of reasons why adopting a pet is a better decision than buying one. Here’s just a few we could think of…
You’ll save a life (or two).
Each year, nearly three million cats and dogs are euthanized because there is no room in shelters. This number could be drastically reduced if more people considered adoption. When you adopt an animal from a shelter, you are literally saving their life, and also opening up a spot for another animal.
You’ll save money.
When you adopt a pet from a shelter, they are usually spayed/neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. These procedures would normally cost upwards of a thousand dollars, but they are all included in your adoption fee, which could be as low as $100. Plus, many adopted pets are already housetrained, saving you money on potential carpet cleanings and replacements.
You’ll help fight puppy mills.
If you buy a dog from a pet store, online seller, or local flea market, you are almost certainly supporting a puppy mill. Puppy mills are essentially dog factories, and put profits above the well-being of their animals. Dogs in puppy mills are often exposed to inhumane living conditions, improper medical treatment, and may suffer from health or behavioral problems.
You’ll feel good about your decision.
Animals offer unconditional love, and have even proven to provide psychological and emotional boosts to their owners. Caring for a pet provides a purpose of fulfillment, and these emotions can be intensified knowing that you helped a pet in need. Plus, all adoption fees go directly towards helping the shelter take better care of their animals.
You’ll have a best friend for life.
Animal shelters have a stigma of housing exclusively abused animals with behavioral problems. This is far from true. Most animals you will find are healthy, loving, friendly, and eager to go home with a new owner. Since the shelter’s caretakers spend so much time with them, they can offer insights to each animal’s personality. When you combine all of this, what do you get? A new best friend for life.
Looking for more reasons to adopt a pet? Check out this article from the Humane Society.
After adopting your new furry friend, one of the first things you should do is find a reputable veterinarian. If you live in Manhattan, look no further than Upper East Side Animal Hospital. We offer comprehensive care for your pet, from routine check-ups, to dentistry, to surgical procedures, and more.
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