10 Reasons Why You Should Adopt a Pet

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Would you like to have a rambunctious Labrador retriever to play fetch with on a sunny day? Or maybe you're someone who prefers cats and wants the living plush toy that is the exotic shorthair. Dogs and cats are both extraordinary animals with lots of love to give. If you would like to take care of a deserving animal, please adopt one from your local animal shelter.

Shelter animals are well behaved

It's hardly ever that a dog or cat is ever given to a shelter because there was something "wrong" with it. Sometimes, an owner might have a pet be re-homed due to a sudden change in living conditions, sickness or allergies in the family or unforeseen budget restraints. At any rate, why the animal is in a shelter is of little matter. It is never their fault. These beautiful animals still have a lot of love. The shelter volunteers' job is to work one-on-one with the new animals to learn what problems they have, if any, and decide on the best solutions.

You don't want to support mills

 The mills that purebred dogs and cats come from care more about that filthy lucre than how filthy the cages are, resulting in unsociable, abused animals and unwell puppies and kittens. Please don't support these scoundrels. Adopting is not only the most benign choice, it's cost effective. There is a mistaken belief that purebreds are better than mixed-breeds. In all honesty, cats and dogs of mixed background tend to be healthier and hardier than purebreds. Think of them like a big bag of mixed candies. You get so many wonderful things in one bag. For example, a mixed breed dog could be as smart as a poodle, as fast as a greyhound, playful as a Lab and calm as a xoloitzcuintil. In any case, you'll get a pet that isn't like anything else out there, something to fit your unique sense of style.

Shelter animals are healthy

You can guarantee it; cats and dogs are healthier in shelters than they are on their own! The most important thing the modern shelter does for an animal they've claimed responsibility for is screen for health defects and do what must be done to cure what's harming the animal. The cats and dogs at such shelters receive constant, cutting edge veterinary care plus volunteers to make sure they're well-groomed, have no parasites and are socialized enough to get along with people. Many shelters will provide information and assistance as a public service. What they're looking for is a happy home for a healthy animal.

There's just so many of them

One of the most enjoyable things about being a pet parent is helping them grow from a tiny puppy or kitten. Shelters have no shortage of puppies and kittens. If left untouched, one cat and her offspring could produce 420,000 kittens in seven years! A dog and her offspring could have 67,000 puppies in six years! Please realize that senior animals also need homes. If you'd like a pet who's already been trained and is ready to enjoy the sunset years with you, maybe an older dog is best.

If you think you need more reasons, please take a few minutes to read the following infographic..

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