Why Adopt from a Shelter?
According to the ASPCA, there are over 7 million pets put into shelters every year. Of those, only half will be adopted into loving homes. Adopting an animal in need is life changing and rewarding, but there are some things you should consider first, such as: should I bring home one, or two?
Benefits to adopting instead of shopping:
- You save a life: The animal shelter industry is facing severe pet overpopulation, and there are only so many shelters. When an animal hasn’t been adopted within a designated time, the shelter is usually forced to euthanize the animal. There are some “no-kill” shelters, but they are few and far between. Odds are, when you adopt a pet from a shelter you are literally saving that animal’s life.
- Take advantage of adopting an adult animal: Most adult animals have already been housebroken, won’t chew the house up, and don’t need as much special attention as a puppy or kitten. Animals are cute no matter what stage of life they are in. They also will still give you the same amount of love no matter age their are. All shelters are required to spay or neuter all animals they accept to limit the pet overpopulation problem.
- Having the animal fixed offers the owner several benefits. First, the cost of the procedure is covered. The shelter will care for the animal during its recovery to make sure everything went smoothly, and heals without infection. Second, fixed animals are usually more docile. You won’t have to worry about cats spraying their territory, or dogs making a grand escape to chase after females.
- You receive an animal that has been given good care: The shelters are staffed with experts whose only desire is to care for these animals. Shelters will address any health or medical issues so they aren’t in poor condition when they leave. The animals are given plenty of food and water, and are loved on by the staff. They’ll be bathed and housed in clean quarters to keep them healthy and happy.
- You pay less: You don’t have to worry about spay and neuter costs, since the shelter takes care of that. More often than not, the animal has already had a microchip inserted, and is up-to-date on vaccinations. Look on sites like getyourpet.com or petfinder.org. These sites offer a large database of adoptable pets.
- Support local charities and community institutions: Local shelters are non-profit organizations that need your support. Where to go in Pine Hill, NJ:
- Animal Adoption Center in Lindenwold, NJ
- Voorhees Animal Orphanage in Voorhees, NJ
- Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees, NJ
The shelters are always in need of help, whether it be money, donations, or volunteer help. You’re sure to be thanked in lots of sloppy kisses and wagging tails.
You’ll receive more joy and love from adding a new member to the family than you imagined. Furry friends make great additions to any size household!