ADOPT at your local shelter

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The idea of adopting never came across to me until 1 year ago my sister explained to me how dogs/cats end up in the shelter. At first, I was a bit hesitant like anybody would when they hear about the adoption idea. I thought if I could buy a pet from the pet store why wouldn’t I? They are clean and vaccinated. However, little did I know that approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are being euthanized each year in the US alone because of the limitation of space at shelters. Basically, many dogs/cats are abandoned by their owners and brought to the shelter and too little people are adopting.

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False Assumptions about Shelters

1. Many of them have contracted some sort of disease, categorizing them as dirty. 
Most of them are generally pretty healthy. When the dogs/cats are brought into the shelter, all of them are vaccinated and either spayed or neutered before they are brought to a new home. So you can be sure that they are going to be healthy and given proper health care before you adopt. 

2.Most of the animals are in their senior years.
Many people assume that shelters’ cats/dogs are probably a 5+ years old, however you may be surprised to find some of the youngest puppies/kittens as young as a few months old. 

3.Many have experienced abusive homes.
 Many people assume that the animals brought into shelters have probably been abused and that’s how they end up there. However, most pet owners turn their pets into shelters because of lack of time, allergies, financial issues, and many personal reasons.
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One thing that really caught my attention about the pet industry was how we are indirectly supporting puppy/kitty mills when we purchase from pet stores. Puppy/kitty mills are basically a factory that breed dogs/cats for profit. These mills do not consider the welfare of animals and forbid the buyers (pet stores, internet) from seeing where the animals are from. Parents of puppies/kitties are kept in cage for many years and basically they are used to breed until they have no ability to breed anymore. When they become no use to the mills they are either killed or abandoned. Many studies have shown that many puppies/kitties who have experienced in these mills are most likely to have behavioral or health problems in the future.

Please ADOPT if you can at your local shelters! It’s cheaper adopting than buying from a pet store!
SPCA or Humane Society are some of the well known shelters you may want to look into near your home. You can now view the profile and pictures of the pet online and find the right match before seeing in person!

Source Humane Society

17 Responses to ADOPT at your local shelter

  1. I love my little one and she’s from a shelter! She is the best thing to ever happen to me.

  2. always a great decision to adopt! i’ve visited a local humane society here in my city and their animals are lovely.. :)

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  3. great post. would you like to follow eachother?
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    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

  4. I only adopt from shelters or adopt lost dogs I found.. WILL NEVER PAY for it.
    Really nice to your write about this subject!

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  5. What a meaningful and inspiring post! I am all about adopting pets! <3

    Thank you so much for your nice comment on my blog! Let's stay in touch!

    Diana
    http://www.ManhattanImageandStyle.com
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    • Thank you Diana! It’s great to see people on the same page! I am planning to write more on posts on animals in the future! So be sure to check it out! <3

  6. I would love to adopt a pet from the shelter. I just don’t have enough time to take care of it. It’s great that raise awareness. I love pets :D

    • That’s great to know that you want to help out! It is difficult if you don’t have the time. That’s also one reason why most people send their pets away to the shelter. If you love animals be sure to check out more posts here! Planning to expand on that! <3

  7. Thank you so much for posting this, it is such an important message, and the more people that see it, the better!

    This just shows that you’re beautiful inside as well as out :)

    Xo,

    Elise

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  8. Such a meaningful post, one of my co-workers is an animal rescuer, and I definitely admire her for doing such good causes, especially for these cuties ;)

    New Post up…
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    • I am glad to hear that your co worker is so passionate about animals just like me. We definitely need more people like that out there! Thanks for letting me know!

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