Adopt, Don't Shop: Reasons to Get Your Next Furry Friend from the Shelter

5 Things to Know Before Adopting a Pet from a Shelter

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Are you thinking about making the big move and adopting a pet from a shelter? Before you make the decision to adopt, there are a few things you should know about adopting a shelter pet. This will make sure the transition goes smoothly for you and your new furry friend

Before you take that step to adopt a shelter pet, there’s a few things you should know. Here are five things to consider before adopting a pet from a shelter.

1. Every shelter pet has a different story.

There are countless reasons why animals end up in an animal shelter. Some dogs and cats run away from their homes and are never claimed by their owners.

Others are turned in by people who are moving to another area and can't take their pet with them. Some puppies and kittens are in shelters because their owners can't afford to keep them.

2. It is much less expensive to adopt a pet from a shelter.

When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you pay an adoption fee. Usually this adoption fee ranges anywhere from $10 - $150. While the $150 may seem like a lot, it’s much less than what you pay to buy a pet from a breeder.

Also, when you chose pet adoption, the adoption fee covers the initial vetting your new furry family member needs. Including vaccines, spaying or neutering, microchipping, and deworming. As well as other tests needed including heartworm testing.

The adoption fee you pay is much less than what you would pay if you were to pay for these services out-of-pocket at a local veterinarian.

3. Animal shelters have a variety of available pets, breeds, ages, and sizes.

It’s a myth that the only things you find at animal shelters are mixed-breed pups and stray kittens. Adoptable animals at an animal shelter can range from a Standard Poodle puppy whose owner passed away to guinea pig pair a family was no longer able to keep.

4. Many adoptable pets have great personalities and temperaments.

Have you ever been saved from the side of the road after you experienced a flat tire? If so, do you remember the gratitude you had towards the person who saved you? In most cases, when you adopt from an animal shelter, they feel the same way. Extreme gratitude and the eagerness to please.

Animal shelters often conduct temperament testing. This is to make sure any potential adopters are aware of exactly any behavioral problems your new pet may have. For the most part, most are just happy to have a second chance.

5. Adopted pets can have a good health record.

Adopting a dog from a pet store can end up with you adopting a pet from a puppy mill. Many times these dogs are kept in unsanitary conditions in small cages. They may also come with genetic conditions that aren’t recognized.

When you adopt from a shelter, the shelter uses a veterinarian to asses the animals general overall health. If there are any health issues, the shelter staff will inform you prior to your adoption.

The Benefits of Adopting a Pet from a Shelter

There are plenty of benefits of adopting a new pet from an animal shelter. When you adopt a pet, you’re giving a once homeless pet a second chance at life. Not only are you giving your new furry family member a second chance, but other homeless pets as well.

Another benefit of pet adoption is that your adoption fee usually covers the initial vetting your new family member needs. Including vaccines, temperament testing, microchipping, spay or neutering, and any registration that your new pet may need. Which, in most cases, is much less than what you would pay out-of-pocket for the same services.

Pet overpopulation continues to rise throughout the years. As a result, animal shelters across the world feel the strain. There just aren’t enough resources, funds, and space to properly and safely house all the animals in need.

When you adopt a pet from a shelter, even if it’s just one space, you open up space. Space where another homeless animal also gets their chance at a new life.