You have decided to make room in your home for a new furry family member– that is wonderful!
Young kittens and puppies are so gosh darn adorable with their tiny bodies and big, loving eyes that it might even be tempting to give in to impulse when you see a cute kitten or puppy for sale…
But that is never a good idea.
Dogs, cats, and other pets bring a lot of happiness, but there is a lot of responsibility that comes with the package. That’s why the first reason to consider adoption is…
You want to be a responsible pet owner
The responsibility of owning a pet begins with where you choose to buy your pet. There are many reasons why you would not want to support a puppy mill (where animals are bred purely for profit) and that is a strong topic all on its’ own.
When buying a pet for sale by owner, you definitely want to do your research on the owner and the living conditions. Again, there is a strong risk of getting scammed or buying a pet that has not been properly cared for.
Yet when you adopt, you know that your new furry family member is healthy. Pets can’t be adopted until they are up to date on all shots, and have been spayed or neutered. Not only does this save you money, but it also gives peace of mind.
More importantly, pet adoption agencies will want to make sure your home is ready for a new pet. They will provide ongoing support and help you (and your new pet) through the transition. You can’t get much more responsible than that!
You may save a life
Sadly, there are too many pets that were given up and yet too many families continue to buy pets for sale by owner or through “puppy mills” instead of considering adoption first. Pet adoption centers only have so much space available, which is why so many cats and dogs are euthanized.
If given the choice, wouldn’t you rather save a life? But if that isn’t reason enough on its’ own…
You’ll save money
Pet adoption is much less expensive than buying a pet any other way, which is a real bargain since adopted pets are also spayed or neutered and up to date on all vital shots.
One word: housetrained!
Thos who do impulsively buy a cute puppy for sale are soon woken up by a reality check. Puppies are cute, but they whine all night and must be trained not to go potty in the house. Not surprisingly, impulsive pet owners can also be irresponsible, and eventually their pets are given up for adoption.
Now it is possible to adopt a young puppy that will still need to be housetrained, but it is also much easier to bypass those sleepless nights and carpet stains by adopting a pet that has already been trained.
Finally, you can find the pet that is a perfect fit for your family and home
When you buy a kitten or puppy for sale by owner or pet store, you get a big mystery. Yet when you work with a pet adoption center, they will work closely with you to understand your lifestyle and will help find the perfect pet for your specific needs—and vise versa.
Pets that need constant attention do not do well in homes where they will be left alone for long periods of time, so if you work it could be a disaster to buy a pet that will develop inevitable “behavior problems” .
It all goes back to the most important reason of all…
Pet adoption is just the right thing to do
Being a responsible pet owner starts by being a responsible person and choosing to save a life, while also saving money, and working with somebody who will find the right pet for your lifestyle because your pet deserves it. You will know the history, special needs, and health of your pet and that’s a strong foundation to build a lasting relationship on.