Shockingly, around 100,000 pets are put down in council shelters and pounds every year (Pet Rescue). The amount of pets facing homelessness is increasing, and pet adoption is the best way you can help save these unfortunate pets and keep them out of animal pounds. For those thinking about adopting a pet, here are some of the benefits and reasons why you should adopt for your next pet (scroll down for a simple infographic).
1. A life in need will be saved
By adopting a pet from your local animal shelter or pound, you are giving an animal the second chance they need and deserve. A lot of these poor animals have been rescued from horrible situations including animal cruelty, abandonment, abuse and neglect, or their owners may be no longer willing or able to look after them due to sickness or a change in their life circumstances.
2. Real support for a greater cause
Cruelty towards puppies is a massive issue, illegal puppy farms and unethical breeders are everywhere. By adopting a pet rather than buying a new puppy or kitten, you are supporting pet rescue groups and combating against puppy factory cruelty!
3. Save a lot of money over buying new
When you adopt a pet they are generally always microchipped, desexed, and up-to-date on all vaccinations. This saves you a lot of time and money, and ensures you are taking home a healthy pet. Also, the cost for adopting a pet is usually much cheaper than buying from a breeder.
4. Already socialised, housetrained and matured pet
A lot of the time, adopted pets are already well socialised and house trained from their previous home or foster care. This saves you a lot of time, effort and money over having to train them yourself.
5. Unconditional love from your new soul mate
Pets are a non-judging, unconditional loving companions that will always be there for you. It is commonly said that when a pet knows they have been saved, the bond between you and them is significantly stronger.
6. Improves your health and happiness
Countless studies have proven that having a pet can help improve your happiness, wellbeing and health. They can also be very helpful for those suffering from depression, anxiety and stress. The pet animal you have rescued can also help you.
7. Save more than one life
When you adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue group it opens up a spot for another homeless pet needing rescuing. The adoption fees you pay also go towards helping the rescue group organisation save and rehome more pets.