While you are working on your New Years resolutions or any type of resolution to make changes in your life, you may consider adding a canine friend or any type of pet to your family. If you have not yet experienced the incredible joy of adopting a pet , be it a dog, a cat or any little animal that is waiting for a home, any time is a good time to feel the love. Not only will you make an animal’s life that much better, but yours will be ridiculously improved as soon as your new pet jumps out the door.

10 reasons why you should adopt a pet and not buy

Do you need something convincing? Here are just a few good reasons to adopt a new friend from a shelter :

1. You save a life

All animals in a shelter need a second chance. They have been abandoned or lost. All are unwanted and helpless. You are giving them a new life in a loving home.

2. You help break the cycle of pet overpopulation

There are not enough homes for all the animals that are born each year. Adopting a pet from a shelter helps weaken the cycle of pet overpopulation . Every year 8 to 12 million dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens are euthanized because there simply aren’t enough homes for them.

3. You help stop cruelty in mass farming facilities

Everywhere, thousands of commercial pet breeding establishments and backyard breeders produce millions of animals for sale in pet stores and in newspaper advertisements. Often referred to as puppy and kitten factories, these facilities repeatedly permeate female dogs who spend their entire lives in cages without human companionship.

These unfortunate animals are often found in intolerable environments, forced to produce litter after litter, and are destroyed after they become unprofitable assets. Adopting a shelter animal means that you do not support such cruel practices.

4. You take advantage of the adoption of an adult animal

Adult pets are great! Often they are already home trained and some may even “sit” or “stay”. You won’t have to deal with the “puppy phase” or the “kitten phase,” which means less of that youthful energy like biting, scratching, and so on. You will be able to see the personality of the adult animal and you won’t have to wait to see what you get.

5. You get a resource for life with shelter employees and volunteers

The people who work at the shelter will be a great resource to help you find information or resources for your pet. Members of these places work with animals every day and have a wealth of information on many different topics.

6. You choose from a large selection of animals

Many shelters offer a variety of breeds. From specific breeds and also the best dogs you have ever encountered.

7. You adopt a pet that has received good care

All animals that go to a shelter are usually vaccinated upon arrival and go through a behavioral assessment process.

8. You support a valued charity and community institution

Unfortunately, almost all sides of the world require an animal shelter. When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you attend a non-profit organization, but you also send a message to other people who will ask you in the next few years where you got your adorable pet. Shelters improve the community by requiring that adopted animals be spayed or neutered. This requirement decreases the chances of more unwanted animals entering the world.

9. Pay less

Low adoption fees (which cover a portion of shelter costs) are much less than the cost of purebred puppies or kittens sold for profit.

10. You encourage others to adopt animals from shelters

When your friends ask you where you got your amazing pet, you can say “in a shelter”. Your adoption can encourage others to do the same.

11. Instant unconditional love

Even your closest friends and family get irritated and irritate you from time to time. Not your dog. He will always love you even if you run out of treats, take him to the vet, or insist on trimming his nails. Just take a look at that restless tail and happy bark (if it’s a dog) when you get back from work (or the bathroom).

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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