Why Adopting a Pet May Be the Best Thing You’ll Ever Do

Why Adopting a Pet May Be the Best Thing You’ll Ever Do
If you’re an animal lover, adopting a pet is a win-win situation. You get the benefits of having a furry companion who will give you unconditional love. At the same time, you are giving a dog or cat a loving home and saving it from euthanasia.

You’re also opening up space in a shelter for another animal who might desperately need it.

With National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week coming up soon, now is a great time to think about adopting that pet you’ve always wanted. Read on to find out more about the benefits of adoption, the pet adoption process and the ways you can help.

Benefits of Adopting a Pet

Adopting a pet benefits the owner and animal in so many ways. Here are just some examples of how adoption can boost quality of life.

You’ll Save a Life: It’s estimated that over 1 million dogs and cats are euthanized every year in the United States alone due to overcrowding in shelters. This number could be dramatically reduced if people adopted pets instead of buying them.

You’ll Get A Great Pet: Research shows that people who adopt pets feel more fulfilled and less lonely. Your pet will also be happy to get a loving home.

You’ll Save Money: Although adoption is essentially free, you will have to pay a fee to cover medical costs like spaying and neutering and vaccines. As compared to buying a pet, this will be a money saving step and it will also spare you the hassle of having to take your cat or dog to the vet yourself.

How Does Pet Adoption Work?

The pet adoption process is very simple. Here are the steps you need to take.

  1. Go to an adoption center to find a pet that’s right for you. You may also want to meet with the pet for a few minutes to make sure he’s a good match before taking him home.
  2. Go to the front desk and show a photo ID.
  3. Pay the adoption fee (this usually ranges from $25 to $200).
  4. Get copies of the sterilization certificate and vaccination records so you can get him licensed.
  5. Take your pet home.

Note: If you adopt the pet from a rescue shelter, the shelter may send a volunteer to check out your home before finalizing the adoption. They will want to make sure the home is safe for the animal.

Adoption fees may also be higher ranging from $100 to $300.

Some useful links:

www.theshelterpetproject.org
www.humanesociety.com
www.aspca.org
www.adoptapet.com
www.petfinder.com
www.peta.org