In honor of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, we have listed the top 9 reasons on why YOU should adopt a pet!!
1.When nosey Aunt Sally asks when you’re going to have kids at the next family gathering, you can tell her you already do, just with a few extra legs.
2. At an animal shelter, you can find a dog to fit your unique personality (even if you’re a little nutty).
3. Pets are good for your health. An adopted pet is good for your self-esteem. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups.
4.You can dress them up. Who doesn’t love a dachshund in a hot dog costume?
5. It’s a form of Recycling! As the environmentally conscious recycling movement has proven, it’s easy (and fun!) being green, and dog adoption is the noblest form of recycling. You don’t need to buy.. just adopt from a local shelter!
6.You’ll change a homeless animal’s whole world and get a new best friend in the process. Seriously, what could be better than that?
7.When you buy a dog from a pet store, you are supporting cruel puppy mills. You can’t buy love, but you can adopt it.
8.Most “preowned” dogs are house trained, and cats are litter box trained. Shelters are rescue groups often include vaccinations, Microchipping, and spaying and neutering in the adoption fee
9. You’ll save a life . A shelter pet is more than one in a million—she’s one in 2.7 million. That’s the number of adoptable dogs and cats who are still euthanized each year in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people adopt. Not only are you saving the life you adopt, but you are making room for another animal to be able to get adopted.