Today is the first day of the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. I’ll be posting each day in April except Sundays, with topics related to adoption and rescue that are inspired by a different letter of the alphabet each day.
To start things off, I thought I’d focus on the popular slogan for pro-rescue folks: “Adopt, don’t shop!” So why are we so pro-adoption rather than encouraging people to buy from a breeder?
The most basic reason to adopt is to save a life. According to the ASPCA’s website, approximately 2.7 million shelter animals are euthanized each year. These are mostly healthy animals of all ages, both pure breeds and mixed. Why add to the pet population by breeding when so many dogs and cats sit in shelters? (Our guinea pigs would like to remind you that there are plenty of homeless pocket pets at shelters, too!)
Also, most shelters have a wide range of animals. You can meet dogs or cats of different breeds and ages, and the shelter staff can help you pick the right animal for your situation. You can adopt an animal who is past the puppy/kitten stage, maybe even fully housebroken. And in my experience, most shelter dogs are just friendlier and more grateful to find their forever homes.
So the next time you’re looking for a new family member, please consider your local rescue shelter. Adopt, don’t shop!