As heartbreaking as it is, roughly 6 million animals enter shelters across the U.S. every year. If you’re considering a new addition to your home in the form of a furry friend, here are a few things to consider.
Adoption Saves You Money
Let’s get this one out of the way. Adopting a very young pet can be quite expensive. From the furniture-destroying chewing phase to the spay/neuter costs, a young pet brings endless expenses. Not to mention purchasing a puppy or kitten from a breeder often comes with a hefty price tag! Save all the extra expenses by adopting a senior pet at your local shelter or humane society. Chances are the adoption fees are minimal (usually under $100) and some shelters even offer free adoption days.
There Are Fewer Surprises
Just like people, pets can get set in their ways. They’ve been around the block a time or two and they are who they are. When you meet a senior dog or cat, you’re usually seeing them for who they really are. That puppy energy isn’t about to wear off – or ramp up – and you can get an idea as to what their baseline temperament is like. Plus, the shelter or adoption center will sometimes know about any pre-existing conditions or medical needs.
You Can Make a Difference
While the facts are gut-wrenching, there are so many important reasons to consider adopting a senior dog or cat. Every single year in the U.S., up to 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized in animal shelters and only one out of every 10 dogs will find a permanent home. If you’re considering adopting a new pet, your local shelter is a great place to meet potential new friends. Browse around, and if you find an animal that piques your interest, ask the onsite staff for visit time. Take into consideration any existing pets in your home and, if you can, arrange a time for them to meet.
This is a big decision for you and your new furry friend, so remember to adopt responsibly. Check out our blog page and social media posts for more lifestyle inspiration, how-to’s, recipes, giveaways, and seasonal contests.