You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again — adopt, don’t shop!
If you’ve been thinking about getting a pet as part of your family, you might be busy researching breeds and trying to figure out the one that will work best for your lifestyle. But before you head to the pet store, consider this: Right now, millions of cats and dogs are waiting to be adopted from shelters.
It’s obvious that adopting a pet from a shelter provides a huge benefit to that animal. But did you know that it can also offer some perks for you, too? It turns out pet adoptions are just as good for humans as they are for animals.
But choosing the right pet is a huge commitment. So before you decide, read on to see how opting for a shelter pet could be the best decision you’ll ever make.
1. You’ll be saving a life
Many shelters euthanize animals to compensate for overcrowded facilities that don’t have enough resources. According to the Humane Society, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized just because there’s not enough room for them.
Be part of the solution by visiting your local shelter and adopting instead of purchasing your pet from the store. Your selfless decision helps in two ways: It gives a pet in need a home, and it frees up valuable space in the shelter so another animal in need can have a spot.