Adoption: The Perfect Option for a Great Pet!

Updated: February 20, 2019 at 9:49 pm, Author: admin

Pets in dire need of adoption often sit at shelters or the pound for weeks or months, just waiting for their perfect new people to come along. Many of them have been abused, abandoned or not properly cared for and are timid and shy, because of their history. Give into your kids demands for a puppy and adopt from a shelter! We have listed the benefits below, in case you were wondering:

  1. A Variety of Animals of all Ages.
    Most shelters where adoptions take place have not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, and sometimes even tropical fish available for adoption. They also usually have a wide variety of ages, demeanors and personalities.  This provides you with endless options and you will surely be able to find the perfect pet for your family.
  2. Purebred.
    You can find a purebred pet for an affordable price! Many people would not assume that animal shelters will house purebred animals. However, according to volunteers and employees across the nation, 25-30% of a shelter’s population will consist of full bred animals.
  3. The Perfect Fit & Training (if not).
    Animal shelter employees often sit down with your family to assess your needs in a pet and help you find the pet that will best fit your living situation, family circumstances and level of care you are able to provide. Let the shelter staff work with you to find the perfect pet, and both you and the pet will be much happier with your choice.Additionally, if for some reason your pet is a little too rowdy, isn’t trained properly or comes with unforeseen issues, the shelter almost always has training programs for your pet, for a decent price, that will allow him/her to get the training most needed for a healthy, happy life.
  4. You Get a Deal & Save a Life!
    Did you know that 3-4 million animals are euthanized each year. When you adopt you help reduce this number and, in the process, save a life! Another great benefit is that you don’t have to pay as much for your pet. Most shelters offer the same rates on all pets of the same size and type. For instance, if you wanted to get a full breed cocker spaniel, you will be charged by weight and age instead of breed. Its a great deal and an excellent way to give a new life to an animal that may not have much of a chance otherwise.
  5. Owning a Pet Improves Health.
    Owning a pet can make you happier and healthier, according to reports. Your blood pressure, and cholesterol levels can be lowered and mood and exercise levels boosted with a pet to keep you company.

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Things to Keep in Mind

You will want to walk through the entire selection of dogs before choosing one to take out and play with. Stand back and watch the dogs reaction to people and other dogs before choosing to take it out of the kennel. Also, be aware of how it acts around young children, especially if you have young children with you. Be aware of dogs that hang back or may seem shy. These dogs may have been abused or hurt by their previous owners and may bite, growl or nip if they feel threatened.


Also, remember that many dogs are quite a bit more stressed at the shelter then they will be when they get home and may react in a way that is not normally in their nature.  Use alone time, with the animal you’d like to adopt, wisely. Experts suggest sitting quietly with your new pet for a few minutes, not touching not praising, etc. to see how they react to you. Don’t call them over, don’t play with them, just sit quietly. Don’t adopt immediately. Come back after 24 hours and play with the animal again. Make sure you still like him/her just as much and that he/she is still a good fit for your family! 24 hours is a good amount of time to change your mind. The shelter you are adopting from may allow for a hold to be placed for a short amount of time. If not, they may allow returns within a certain amount of time. Returns are harder on the dog than on their human, so be aware of this if you decide to adopt before giving yourself time to think about the decision.


Last of all, remember… adoption is a great way to save a life, give love and create a lasting friendship!


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