Is pet adoption a better fit for you?
Every year, millions of animals are put into shelters and many of them are never adopted. If you're toying with the idea of getting a new pet, consider all of those animals living in shelters before heading to the nearest pet store. Once you learn the truth about adoption, you might realize that it is the better fit for you after all.
Here are just three reasons why pet owners typically don't adopt, and why those reasons are wrong.
Reason #1: Animals that are in shelters were "bad pets"
People have this notion that shelters are full of difficult animals that pet owners simply couldn't handle. This, however, is most often far from the truth. There are many reasons why pets are given to shelters, such as:
Owner can't afford to feed and take care of pet anymore
New house or apartment doesn't allow pets
The owner no longer has time to play with pets
Most of the animals that are living in shelters make good pets and only need a home! Plus, most shelters will allow you to spend time with potential pets before adopting one, allowing you to find the perfect companion.
Reason #2: People who adopt have no clue know very little about their pet's history
To learn about the animals living in shelters, all you have to do is ask the staff or volunteers for more information. Ask why the pet was brought to the shelter in the first place, and find out if the animal has had any behavioral or health problems.
Reason #3: Shelter animals have emotional damage
Remember, not all animals came from bad homes, and even those that do can still turn out to be great pets. Ask the shelter if you can take one of the animals home for a trial run, and you'll get a better feel for the animal's personality and whether it will be a good match.
Every animal deserves a home, so why not adopt? Adopting a shelter animal is a win-win for both the animal and the pet owner.