What are the advantages of adopting a
companion animal from a shelter or rescue
1. You can save a life.
Between 3-6 million animals are
euthanized in shelters across the country
When you adopt an animal from a
shelter or rescue group you save a life.
2. You will not be
supporting puppy mills and those who breed
animals irresponsibly or for money.
Letís face it, millions of animals
are euthanized each year because too many
animals are born each year.
Puppy mills are commercial kennels
where animals are bred in order to sell them
for money. All too often these puppy mills abuse the animals, kill the
mothers after they are no longer of breeding
age, and deprive the puppies of the chance
to learn normal behavior.
Breeders who breed their animals for
money add further to pet overpopulation and,
therefore, to euthanasia rates.
Unfortunately, well-meaning people who do
not have their animals spayed and neutered
and who allow their animals to reproduce
further add to the problem. By adopting from a shelter or rescue group and not from a
puppy mill or from someone else who is
irresponsibly breeding their animals, you
are saying that you do not want to support
3. Many of the animals are
already house trained and may have some
Many of the animals at a shelter
have already received some training.
For a person wishing to adopt an
animal, but who does not have the time in
their life at this point to devote to the
ever important training period, adopting an
animal who is already trained can be quite
4. There are purebred
animals at shelters and rescue groups.
Estimates are that from 10 Ė 15% of
the animals at shelters and rescue groups
If you want a particular breed and
want a purebred animal you do not have to go
to a breeder to find one.
In addition, there are also many
rescue groups across the country which
specialize in particular breeds of dogs and
5. You will be an example
Currently only about 20% of people
adopt their little buddies from shelters and
rescue groups. Many people do not realize that there are so many loving and
adoptable animals in shelters and in the
care of local rescue groups.
By adopting a homeless animal you can
spread the word to those who are unaware of
the wonderful animals awaiting homes in
shelters and rescue groups.
6. There are puppies and
kittens at the shelters and rescue groups.
Many adoptable puppies and kittens
are euthanized in shelters across this
You do not have to go to a breeder to
get the puppy or kitten you are looking for.
7. You can find the friend
that you want.
There are millions of animals in
shelters across the country.
There is one that is perfect for you.
When you adopt an adult animal from a
shelter you will know what his temperament
is, how big he will get and what he will
always look like.
You can meet him and play with him
before you adopt him.
This is not the case if you order a
puppy or kitten from a breeder elsewhere in
8. Adoption staff will work
with you to find the perfect little buddy
When you adopt from a shelter or
rescue group, you have staff members who
will work with you to find your perfect
9. Spaying and neutering
are often done before adoption.
Many shelters and rescue groups will
have your animal companion spayed or
neutered before adoption.
This is an important step in
preventing pet overpopulation.
Most breeders will not spay or neuter
their animals before adoption, hence
contributing to the overpopulation and
10. Unconditional love!
Your little buddy will love and
appreciate you forever.
Donít we all need that.
10 reasons were adopted from a brochure put
out by The National Humane Education
We thank and credit them for this