Pets are an integral part of many families. Animals bring a lot of joy to life and have been shown in scientific studies to help reduce stress and anxiety. Many people like pure bred cats and dogs, but an important thing to consider is the price of purebreds. Buying a pet from a breeder can be cost prohibitive. Puppy farms and questionable breeding practices can also be a turn-off when considering purebreds.
There are many animals in the world that do not have homes and end up in shelters. More and more shelters are becoming what are called “no kill” shelters which is a good step in the right direction, but there are still shelters that need to euthanize animals if they are not adopted. There is no reason that animals need to be put down when so many families are looking for pets.
Pet adoption is a great option for bringing a new member into the family. The costs are low and usually only cover the costs for the shelter. Pets are also usually vaccinated and checked for illness. Pets from shelters are also usually microchipped which can help a lost pet find their way home. When a pet is adopted there is an assurance that it is healthy. There are also usually cost reductions in spaying and neutering as well.
Shelters are not in the business of making money. They want to help homeless animals find good homes. A shelter will have knowledgeable staff that can help a family find the perfect pet for them. Shelters also have a good selection of pets. Shelters will also provide adoption counseling to help make the perfect match, something that most breeders will not do.
Even after all of this, if a future pet owner is still looking for a purebred, it is important to know that 25-30% of all dogs in shelters are actually purebred. There are also breed specific rescue groups that rescue and adopt out specific purebreds. Buying from a breeder does not guarantee a healthy pet. Many breeders highly inbreed their animals which can lead to significant health and behavior problems. Adopting is the most humane, cost effective, and best way to find the perfect pet.