Why You Should Adopt a Pet from an Animal Shelter or Breed Rescue Group
Adopting an animal is an exciting time for a household.ÃÂÃÂ There are many different places that animals can be found, but the absolute best choice would be an animal shelter or breed rescue group.ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂÃÂ Every year over 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized for no other reason that the fact that there are not enough homes available for all of them.
This problem hasÃÂÃÂ become biggerÃÂÃÂ in large part because of three mainÃÂÃÂ reasons: First,ÃÂÃÂ puppy mills which breed animals only for the money theyÃÂÃÂ can make without any regard for the health and well being of the animals; second, individuals whoÃÂÃÂ decide to breed their own animals to make money and; third, individuals whoÃÂÃÂ do not spayÃÂÃÂ or neuter their animals, and carelessly let their animals breed and produce litters.ÃÂÃÂ Animal shelters are often filled to capacity for these reasons.ÃÂÃÂ By adopting an animal from a shelter or rescue group,ÃÂÃÂ you are helping to solve the pet overpopulation problem.
Some people believe that an animal shelter will not have aÃÂÃÂ particular breed type, but sheltersÃÂÃÂ often haveÃÂÃÂ purebred animals if that is what you are looking for.ÃÂÃÂ The process may take longer if you are looking for aÃÂÃÂ purebred animal, but often the breed you are looking for willÃÂÃÂ beÃÂÃÂ turned over toÃÂÃÂ a shelter at some point if you are patient.ÃÂÃÂ There are also breed rescue groups for almost every breed of animal.ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂÃÂ A list of these groups can be found through your local animal shelter, or you can find them online by searching for whatever breed you are interested in.ÃÂÃÂ Be sure to include the words "rescue group" in your search criteria.ÃÂÃÂ AlsoÃÂÃÂ remember thatÃÂÃÂ mixed breed animals make wonderful pets, so do not rule out adopting a mixed breed even if you are set on adopting a purebred animal.
You have finally found the perfect pet from a shelter or rescue groupÃÂÃÂ and you are still wondering what you can do to help put an end to the petÃÂÃÂ overpopulation problem.ÃÂÃÂ Here are some things you can do to continue to help.
Please have your pet spayed or neutered.ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂÃÂ Most shelters will do this as part of your adoption fee, but if for some reason the animal you getÃÂÃÂ has not been fixed, please haveÃÂÃÂ this done.ÃÂÃÂ There are often lower cost spay/neuter clinics provided to the public several times a year, so there is no excuse not to spay or neuter your animal.
Another thing you can do is shop your conscience by only shopping at pet supply stores that do not sell live animals.ÃÂÃÂ If your local pet shop does sell live animals, let them know how you feel about this problem.ÃÂÃÂ If puppy mill breeders have trouble selling their animals to pet shopsÃÂÃÂ they will no longer want to be in this business.
Also, please consider you newly adopted pet as a member of your family.ÃÂÃÂ Too many people decide to get an animal and then find out the situation does not work for them.ÃÂÃÂ Please do your homework before you make this decision so you are not in the position of having to turn your animal over to a shelter because you did not thoroughly understand the commitment.
By adopting your animal from a shelter or breed rescue group you can feel good about helping solve an enormous problem and know that you are part of the solution.