Why Adopting a Pet Is So Much More Rewarding

Anyone who has adopted a pet knows that they quickly became your best friend, and your daily source of consistent laughter and joy.

Adopting an animal is so much more rewarding than purchasing one from a store or breeder, and here is why:

  1. When it comes to dollars and cents, pet adoption is cheaper. Buying a pure-bred animal can be very expensive. Many breeds cost thousands of dollars, and that does not even include healthcare, grooming, or any needed training. If you adopt your pet from a shelter, there might be a donation fee from $25 to $100, which usually includes spaying/neutering and the first round of needed shots.

  2. When you buy an animal from a breeder or a pet store, you can never really tell how the animal will react at home. Once you leave that store, you are on your own. If you have any questions or need help with the animal, the sellers will probably not be able, or want, to help you. Once the animal is out of their hands, it's not their problem. If you adopt from a shelter or rescue group, they will more than likely have a history of the animal and will be more than willing to help you with any questions or concerns. Plus, animals in shelters have a longer period to get familiarized with other animals and humans.

  3. Almost 100% of animals in a pet store come from breeding mills. Puppy and kitten mills are notorious for the inhumane treatment of dogs and cats. Although the federal government regulates most mills, the minimum standards for treatment are still cringe-worthy. Most of these animals are kept in small cages their entire lives, the females maintain multiple partners to breed the greatest numbers of babies as quickly as possible, and the animals can end up being interbred with others from the same family causing long-term health issues.

  4. Mixed-bred animals tend to be healthier than pure-bred. Pure-bred animals are more prone to health issues like heart, lung, and joint problems. When an animal has hybrid genes, it is more likely to be healthier and have a longer life-span. Nonetheless, if a pure-bred animal is your absolute priority, 25% of the animals at rescue homes are pure-bred.

  5. You have a larger variety of animals to choose from when adopting. When you go to a shelter or rescue there are more options to choose from, including animals of all different ages, breeds, and personalities. Although puppies and kittens are undeniably adorable, some people simply cannot, or choose not to, handle their hyper-activity and training problems. At shelters, you can get animals that are already house-trained, understand basic cues, and have experience with others.

  6. When you adopt, you save a life. Almost 10,000 animals are euthanized every year because of shelter overpopulation. There is a common misconception that animals in shelters are there because they are unhealthy or misbehaved. Actually, the biggest reason animals are neglected is because their previous owners could no longer take care of them; whether it is caused by a move, divorce, financial reasons, or age. When you adopt a pet, you save the animal from a life in a cage, a life in the wild, or euthanasia.

  7. You and your animal will be forever grateful. When you take your pet from a cage to a warm, loving home, they will always appreciate and love you. You will not find a more loyal, sweet, and caring animal than one that was saved. Caring for an adopted animal also has mental, physical, and emotional benefits. They make life seem more fulfilling and give you a sense of purpose. Saving an animal is saving a friend.

Regardless of the origin of your furry four legged forever friend, every cat or dog deserves healthy food and quality pet products and toys.

To purchase all of your essential pet foods and products at affordable prices go to Dirty Dogs and Meow at https://www.dirtydogs.com or (858)437-0001; or go to a Dirty Dogs and Meow location in Carlsbad, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Del Mar Highlands, Hillcrest, Solana Beach and Torrey Hills.

No matter if your pet is rescued, purebred, or a shelter prodigy, each and every pet and their human sidekick deserves awesome toys, yummy treats and healthy food! Go today to Dirty Dogs and Meow at https://www.dirtydogs.com or (858)437-0001.

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