Powered by Mom says Don’t Shop Adopt a Shelter Animal!
Why go to a pet store when there millions of shelter animals waiting to be saved?
Spreading the word about adopting animals from shelters is a cause close to my heart because my heart breaks every time I hear about an animal who was euthanized because the shelters are over capacity of abandoned, abused and lost animals. Our cat Oliver pictured below, we got him from a rescue organization that rescued him from somewhere in California. He’s an amazing cat, from day one we could not get over how affectionate he was. We get lots of snuggles and kisses from Oliver, we didn’t teach him to be that way, that’s just how he was even after being in a shelter cage for hours a day, or maybe it’s because he had to be locked up for so long. Shelter pets are so happy to have a home that thye just want to love you back!
There is nothing in life like the love of a shelter pet. Many people wonder who really rescued who when they adopt a shelter pet. Shelter pets are some of the best animals, and just because they are in a shelter does not mean there is something wrong with them. The majority of the time there was something wrong with their owners, they were abandoned or abused and yet they still want to give you so much love! I am proud to say that one of our pets are from pet stores or breeders.
There are more than 7 million animals that are put into shelters every year. More than half of them will never make it out. Did you know that more than 20 percent of the animals that end up in shelters are the product of puppy and kitten mills and store bought pets? Many people lose interest in their pets once they stop being small and cute. They neglect to consider the grown size, the temperament of a grown animal, and many other factors, which is a leading factor in pets being in shelters.
Dogs and cats that are products of puppy and kitten mills are often overbred and many are born with medical complications and deformities. When you buy a dog or cat from a store, you are helping breeders treat their dogs and cats badly. Too many breeders are not legitimate and are only in the breeding business for the money and the welfare of the animals suffer. Their breeding animals are only worth anything to them when they can produce litters and end up in shelters (or worse) once they are too old, too weak or are unable to breed any more.
Many people think that shelter pets are broken. They wonder what the animal did wrong to get put into the shelter. Did they bite? Do they destroy things in the house? Are they aggressive with other animals? In most cases, they aren’t. They are either strays, the result of a mill pet that grew up too fast for someone, or other similar reason. Many people don’t consider the cost of having a pet, and forget that they don’t stay small forever. Shelter pets are eager for love and a warm bed to sleep in at night.
Adopting our pets was the best thing we ever did. Why not adopt and save a life? Maybe by adopting you are saving more than one life. You may be preventing a puppy mill breeding dog form being forced to have another litter just so someone else can have a puppy that will end up in a shelter. Wont you consider adoption? There are millions of wet noses just waiting for a little love and a fur-ever home.
It may be the most important decision you ever make in the life of a shelter pet and without you they may not stand a chance.