Anyone who reads this most likely has a friend or two who are regularly sharing updates on their local animal shelter.
Maybe they're sharing a photo of a pet who has been at the shelter for over 365 days or a lost pet who the shelter is caring for.
Whatever the case may be, animal shelters do a whole lot of good for animals, you, and the world as a whole.
Thousands, if not millions of animals get misplaced, tied up to trees, or left in crates in the pouring rain. The animals only hope is that someone will find him or her and then what's next?
Most likely, the animal will be dropped off at an animal shelter, where the people there will have to do A LOT of work for 1 animal. (This is if they are found, sadly, many animals are left to die due to the person no longer wanting to care for the animal).
The animal shelter has to work with the animals possible behavior issues, fear, get the dog updated on vaccinations, get them spayed or neutered, and possibly much more depending on the health of the animals.
OneGreenPlanet states that 2.7 million adoptable animals die every year in shelters.
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Rescuing one dog from a dog shelter gives a dog a lifetime of happiness.
So you might say to yourself, “The animals that come from the breeders will end up somewhere, so isn't it okay to get a dog from them?”
Every time you buy a dog from a breeder, you are creating a demand and telling the breeder to make more dogs.
For every dog that is bought from a breeder, a dog will be left at an animal shelter to possibly be euthanized or we can be blunt and use the real word, killed.
Who would you rather support, a person who is directly helping hundreds, if not thousands of animals every year who cannot find a home or an individual who is breeding animals, only adding more and more to the world that is already over capacity for that animal?
Here is my fur baby, Coco. She was sentenced to death at our local animal shelter. If we had decided to go buy a dog from a breeder, Coco may very well be dead right now.
Whether or not you want to admit it, if you buy from a breeder, you are indirectly supporting the millions and millions of animals stuck in animal shelters, dying every year.
Benefits of adopting from an animal shelter:
- saving one dog or other animals life means that you are opening up a spot for another animal to be SAVED.
- you can ask the staff and volunteers what the dog's personality is like, or better yet, the dog will come with a personality sheet that will give you everything you need to know about the dog, so you can choose a dog WISELY.
- adult dogs will usually be potty trained – that's a big deal!
- dogs are usually trained, or you at least get lifelong FREE behavioral training with the shelter (depending on the shelter).
- dogs should come microchipped, fixed, and vaccinated, which can save you up to a thousand dollars or more
If you aren't sure you want to adopt and want to see what the dog will be like before permanently adopting the dog, foster! Fostering is such a great way to help out the shelter, and it relieves a ton of stress off the dog from the constant barking at the shelter. This way, they'll be in a real home.
The adoption process could not be easier and is astronomically cheaper than buying from a breeder. Your rescued dog will come spayed or neutered, have all of the necessary vaccinations, and possibly even a microchip.
There are millions of amazing animals in animal shelters that are left there to die.
So if you're thinking about bringing a furry addition into your family, think about adopting at your local animal shelter.
It's our duty to clean up the mess we have made.
If you learned nothing from this post or don't agree with me, I highly encourage you to visit your local animal shelter. It has to be one of the most uncomfortable, depressing places I have ever experienced in my life.
The dogs, cats, and other animals are anxious, afraid, and living in a very uncomfortable, intense environment. There is constant barking, they live in very small spaces for most of the day unless they are taken for a walk, and so much more. Animals crave affection and love, and frankly, there are too many animals in shelters for all of them to get the amount of love they deserve.
If you or anyone you know is interested in donating, fostering, or even rescuing animals, I highly encourage you to visit your local animal shelter.
Steps To Find An Animal Shelter Near You:
- Type in “Animal Shelter” on Google.
For the love of ANIMALS, do not give an animal as a gift, unless you're 100% sure that the person WANTS the animal. A lot of people end up giving away dogs, cats, or other animals due to not having time to take care of the animal, having kids to take care of, or traveling often.
Whatever the case may be, it is not a valid excuse. Giving an animal as a gift may sound cute and nice, but it's highly irresponsible.
“But it's better than buying from a puppy mill”.
Many might argue that buying from a breeder is better than buying from a puppy mill. Why are we comparing one shitty to one less shitty?
It makes no sense to me.
Animal Shelters I Support:
The New York Bully Crew have changed my life. Yeah, that sounds extreme, but they restored my hope in the world. The work that I've seen from these people is incredible. They rescue hundreds, if not thousands of dogs, mostly Pitbull mixes, from abandonment, dog fighting, and other very cruel environments.
Rescuing a dog or cat from an animal shelter has to be one of the most fulfilling feelings I have ever experienced. The love we received from Coco has been so unique. I actually feel like she gives us more love because she knows we saved her life.
Please share and spread the word. We need to spread awareness on why breeding is irresponsible and cruel.
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