So, why should you adopt an animal from a shelter? First of all, I would like to say that I totally understand the desire for a specific breed of dog or cat. I absolutely love hairless cats. It’s true. I’m not saying that to be funny. I am constantly sending pictures and videos of those cute, wrinkly, gremlin-like creatures to my friends, but for some reason, they don’t seem to appreciate the beauty of a hairless cat like I do. I’m also really into Abyssinian cats. Have you heard of them? Google it. They are soooo cute! And don’t even get me started on the Cornish Rex! As for dogs, I’m partial to the Border Collie. I also really love a Great Pyrenees and I secretly wish I had a teacup anything to carry around with me at all times.
But here’s why I won’t go to a breeder:
When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you are literally saving a life. Even if you adopt from a no-kill shelter, you are making room for an animal who may have otherwise ended up in a high kill facility. Then there is the whole supply and demand issue. Every time a dog or cat is purchased from a breeder, the demand increases, more animals are bred for profit, and in turn, more animals die in shelters. So please please please consider your local shelter when you decide you are ready to add a pet to your family. Each year, the United States has to euthanize more than 2 million adoptable dogs and cats, due to overcrowding and overpopulation.
If you are looking for a pure bred dog, or a specific breed, please consider a rescue group. There are PLENTY of rescue groups who specialize in specific breeds. You can find almost anything you are looking for! There are rescues for Great Danes, for Huskies, for Great Pyrenees, for Dachshunds, for Border Collies…etc. There is even an Abyssinian Cat Rescue group out there!
Adopting an animal from a shelter or a rescue group is a more humane and ethical choice. If you have your heart set on a puppy or a kitten, don’t worry, there are plenty to choose from at your local shelter! Need a hypo allergenic dog? Don’t fret! There’s a rescue for that!
If you are concerned about your future pet’s health, you are generally better off with a mixed breed. Mixed breeds are often healthier than their pure bred counterparts.
But don’t just take it from me. Check out The Humane Society of the United States‘ stance on the issue, as well as what Best Friends Animal Society has to say about the matter. And if you need even more convincing, here are some pictures of my three adorable shelter babies!