The proverbial bunny hugger - says ADOPT

2013-08-30 10:10

Spring arrives this weekend! And the "humping" begins... little kittens and bunnies and puppies everywhere... awwww......

I cant help but be the proverbial "bunny hugger" and promote adoption of animals from shelters.

If there was only one good reason as to why people should rather adopt this is it. There are however many reasons to adopt:

  1. YOU WILL SAVE A LIFE

Sadly, millions of dogs and cats and other domestic animals are euthanized each year simply because too many people give up their pets, too many animals end up as strays, and too few people adopt from shelters. Space is limited at shelters, so it would be very naïve to think that euthanasia would not be an issue in the future if drastic measures are not taken.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. By adopting from your local SPCA, animal shelter, breed rescue group, or organisation, you'll help save the lives of two animals—the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere that can be rescued because of space you helped free up.

if you need more than that - here are 6 more reasons why you should support your local shelter and ADOPT...

  1. YOU WILL GET A HEALTHY PET.

Shelters vaccinate and access animals when they arrive, they are also sterilised which is very necessary to keep the population of unwanted animals down. In addition to medical care, more and more shelters also screen animals for specific temperaments and behavioural issues to make sure each family finds the right pet for their lifestyle.

There isn’t necessarily anything “wrong” with a rescue pet. In fact, most animals are given to shelters because of "people reasons”, not because of anything they've done or because their health is bad. Things like a divorce, a move, lack of time, and financial constraints are among the most common reasons pets lose their homes. There are also many pure breeds in shelters, you will be surprised to find how many “up market” families have acquired a pet only to leave their “beloved” Fluffy at a shelter because they were expecting a new baby.

  1. YOU WILL SAVE MONEY

Adopting a pet from an animal shelter is much less expensive than buying a pet at a pet store or through other sources. Why so I say this? Well, you add it up… an adoption fee for a shelter pet includes:

  • Sterilisation (a very costly exercise when done through private vets, let’s say for argument sake R1200)
  • Inoculated and dewormed (R600 and if you’ve adopted a puppy or kitten they return for a second dose of inoculations R600)
  • Micro chipping: a necessity. (R200)

When you adopt from a shelter sterilisation and inoculations are a prerequisite. Most organisations include micro chipping in their adoption fee. Now considering you get all of this included, when you adopt a pet for say R600. Isn’t this the better deal? I would have to say so.

  1. A SHELTER PET WIL LBE YOUR PERFECT MATCH

Shelters today make use of foster homes, to ensure that Mutley Pup is socialised with a family environment; children, other animals (cats or other domestic animals), they are potty trained and have been taught basic manners.

You will also have a choice of an older pet; the shelter staff will be able to tell you if you’re adopting a lap cat or if dogs would be more suitable in a single pet household. Basically, you will know exactly who you will be bringing home with you.

  1. YOU WILL FEEL BETTER

Pets have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfilment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups.

Not only that pets can help your physical health as well—just spending time with an animal can help lower a person's blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and dog walking, pet grooming, and even petting provide increased physical activity that can help strengthen the heart, improve blood circulation, and slow the loss of bone tissue. Put simply, pets aren't just good friends; they're also good medicine and can improve a person's well-being in many ways.

Your bond will be as strong as that of a bought pet, possibly even stronger because we all know when you adopt a rescue pet, they rescue your soul.

  1. IT SETS A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR YOUR CHILDREN

Adopting a rescue pet presents a wonderful opportunity to teach your children the essential values of compassion, caring, and the selfless act of giving someone a second chance.

  1. YOU WILL NOT BE SUPPORTING PET STORES OR PUPPY MILLS OR BACK YARD BREEDERS

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