Adopting a pet offers a lot of advantages over buying one. That’s something that a lot of people don’t realize, and unfortunately this means that both humans and animals miss out. Here are a few of the top reasons for adopting your new pet, rather than buying one.
Their characters are fully formed
With a puppy or kitten you never really know how they’re going to turn out. The shy kitten of today might turn out to be neurotic and aggressive in later life, making them a handful to deal with. When you adopt a cat, you know exactly what they’re like – and if they are a bit more difficult to deal with, you know what you’re getting yourself in for. Of course, you can also choose a pet that’s more docile and friendly, making it easy to look after them.
Many animals are already trained
Lots of animals that are given up for adoption are used to living with humans. A dog that’s used to following commands doesn’t throw up all the problems that a puppy does. You won’t need to house-train them, for instance. Why not choose an animal that already knows the rules rather than one needing to start from scratch?
Medical procedures have already been carried out
All animals undergo a range of medical procedures these days, from spaying and immunization to micro-chipping. These are expensive, but many adopted pets have had these carried out already. That means you’re getting a healthy animal without the need to pay out for these routine medical costs. Of course, adopted pets may still develop health problems of their own, so you should always take out pet insurance.
You’re helping an animal in need
These pets need homes – in many cases, they’ve already lost the homes they were a part of, and they need someone to look after them. When you adopt an animal, you’re not just getting a companion of your own. You’re helping to save a dog, cat, rabbit or hamster that might not otherwise get a loving home and a happy life.
Find a pet to adopt today
There are hundreds of adoptable pets all over the country. Before you start looking, you should make sure you can provide a happy home. Take a look at your local animal shelter’s list of requirements – are you able to meet them all? If so, why not take some time to go down and meet a few of their pets?