Spotlight on animals: top reasons to adopt

Video courtesy of the Commissioner for Animal Welfare.

Thinking of adding a furry friend to your family? You’re probably wondering whether you should buy or adopt. You can stop right there – picking a ‘designer’ dog may have initial appeal, but nothing beats the sheer joy of giving a new life to a rescue – and receiving endless love in return. Here’s why you should choose to adopt:

Save a Life – Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue organisation literally saves a life. Millions of animals end up in shelters each year, and many face the risk of euthanasia due to overcrowding. By choosing to adopt, you provide a loving home to an animal in need and make room for another pet to be rescued.

Breaking the cycle of overpopulation – Pet overpopulation is real, and shelters always struggle to find homes for all the animals in their care. By adopting a pet, you help reduce the demand for animals from breeders and pet stores, ultimately decreasing the number of animals left homeless.

Supporting humane treatment of animals – Puppy mills and other irresponsible breeding operations are bad news as they prioritise profit over the welfare of animals. By adopting you’re sending a clear message that cruel breeding practices are unacceptable.

Adopting literally costs you less – The fees charged for ‘designer’ dogs are ridiculous. Plain and simple. Moreover, adoption fees often include vaccinations, microchipping and spaying or neutering, which can add up to significant savings for pet parents. Many adopted pets are already house-trained or have received basic obedience training, further reducing expenses and time investment.

Encouraging healthier pets – Some breeders prioritise physical traits over health, shelter, but rescue animals often undergo thorough health screenings before being put up for adoption. This means that adopted pets are more likely to be free of genetic disorders and other health issues that can arise from irresponsible breeding practices.

Just be kind! You don’t need more reasons than the knowledge that you’re removing an animal’s suffering, honestly. Thinking of adopting? Find out more by messaging or calling on 79800046.

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