4. Find a Perfect Match
While what you see is what you get at the pound, pet purchasers often don’t know what’s in store for them. Kittens and puppies are cute but eventually grow to have big personalities. Most shelter dogs are at least 6 months old, and rescue groups often place pets in foster homes, so animals’ temperaments and projected size are pretty clear. With 8 to 12 million cats and dogs entering shelters each year the odds of finding a great pet are definitely in your favor.
Often shelter dogs are already housetrained and cratetrained and know obedience commands. Shelter and rescue group employees know which animals get along with other animals and children, and sometimes offer a trial or foster period to see how they adjust to home life. There are plenty of volunteers and employees available to provide adoption counseling to prospective parents and follow-up assistance to ensure the adoption was successful.
5. Gain a Best Friend
Life on the streets and in crowded shelters makes for grateful pets. Because they’ve had difficult lives and uncertain futures, rescued cats and dogs often form deeper bonds with their adoptive parents. These loyal animals can also teach children about compassion, responsibility, and friendship.
Not only do pets and people provide emotional support for each other, but a shelter dog is ready to go anywhere with his or her person. From playing in the park to swimming at the beach, people get out more with their dogs, and those looking for love or friendship always have a furry conversation starter by their side. Shelter cats are good companions for people who work long hours. Their independent nature keeps maintenance minimal, and they’re content to cuddle on the couch after a long day at work.
What are more reasons to adopt instead of shop? Tell us in the comments!
By Rebekah Wolf, for TAILS
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