In a recent survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, 37 percent of all U.S. dog owners and 46 percent of all cat owners say they adopted their companions from a shelter or rescue. When we choose to adopt a pet, we tend to think in terms of giving an animal a second chance at life. Yet, who is really rescuing whom? The benefits of pet adoption are innumerable.
All animal lovers know that pets are special. They become part of the family after a short amount of time. Not only do we touch the lives of our pets, but they do the same for us, in more ways than one.
1. Pet Adoption Teaches Responsibility
Pets bring fun and companionship, as well as some added responsibilities: regular exercise, house and yard training, behavior classes, healthy interactions, and proper care. Equally important is having patience with all the ups and downs of pet care; it is critical part of upholding your commitment to your pet.
2. Pets Keep You Healthy
Most animals need exercise a few times every day, so adopting a pet supports the goal of staying in shape! Take long walks around your neighborhood, enjoy a few hours at the park, or try a new and unique activity is a win-win for you and your furry friend.
3. Pets Comfort a Grieving Heart
If you’re mourning the loss of a loved one or pet, adopting is a great way to help ease your pain. You help yourself to move on, become emotionally and mentally stronger, and you save an animal’s life. Plus, by taking a homeless animal out of a shelter, you create a space for another one for adoption. Many pets in shelters and rescues come from abused or neglected backgrounds and long for care and companionship.
4. Pets Connect You with New Friends
You gain a new companion – and your friendly pet can open doors to new social opportunities for you, as well. From meeting new people in your neighborhood or local park, to connecting with people wherever you both go, there are countless new interactions to come, thanks to your pet.
5. Pet Adoption is Economical
Adopting a pet will keep your heart full and take less from your wallet. The cost of adopting from a shelter or rescue group is significantly lower than buying a pet from a breeder, where costs may run from $500 to $1000, and up. When you choose to save a rescued animal, you get a reduced fee, which usually includes shots, spaying or neutering, microchips, and free pet product samples.
Most of all, the benefits of pet adoption are innumerable as they help to transform an animal’s life and quite possibly your own! If the costs of adopting a pet are expensive for you, please consider starting a fundraiser for yourself or someone you know. If you’re looking to give back to your local animal shelter, leverage our fundraising ideas for animal charity.