Why should you adopt a pet instead of shop for one? The reasons are endless but here a some of the most important ones.

You will Save a Life

According to The Humane Society’s website,  each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet. The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save a loving animal by making them part of your family and open up shelter space for another animal who might desperately need it.

You will Save Money

Usually when you adopt a pet, the cost of spaying and neutering, first vaccinations (and sometimes even microchipping) is included in the adoption price, which can save you some of the upfront costs of adding a new member to your family. Depending on the animal, you may also save on housebreaking and training expenses. Because most animals in shelters are already house trained, you won’t have to worry about taking on that process!

You will help stop Pet Overpopulation

The fact is that there are too many animals and not enough homes. Shelters have been facing a pet overpopulation problem for the last few decades.The SPCA explains that some animals are found wandering as strays, and some are surrendered by their owners who are unable or no longer want to care for them. In order to help reduce pet overpopulation and being part of the solution, it’s important to have your pet sterilized, which is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control. In most shelters, spaying or neutering is mandatory for all adopted cats, dogs and rabbits. This ensures the animals placed in the community don’t contribute to pet overpopulation.

By choosing to adopt a pet instead of buying one, you are helping not only your new furry friend but also yourself! Pets that come from shelters are more likely to be trained, and they are much cheaper than those in a pet shop or from a breeder. Because shelters spay and neuter, you are also helping to stop pet overpopulation. Adopting from a shelter is an act of selflessness and love and you will reap the benefits many times over.