Adopting vs. Buying a Pet

Have you and your family finally decided to add another furry member to your family? Instead of breaking out the wallet and buying, consider visiting a local shelter or rescue organization.

According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters every year. Combined with the already overcrowded shelters, these staggering numbers are contributing to the huge problem of overpopulation and leaving more animals on the streets as strays.

Many of those animals are surrendered by their owners because of a change in circumstances – a divorce, new baby or new job. Often times, new owners underestimate the responsibilities that come with having a pet. Either way, the end result is the same – there are literally millions of happy, healthy animals that need a good home.

The benefits of rescuing an animal are priceless. Not only are you gaining a lifelong companion in a pet, you’re giving a dog, cat or even bird a second chance at life. Visit your local shelter or rescue organization today!

  • Abby Boyd

    With the holiday season fast approaching, its imperative to remember our furry friends spending the holidays alone behind the bars of a shelter. There are over 8 million animals that enter the shelters in the U.S. every year, out of that 8 million 2.7 million animals will be euthanized. Eighty percent of those euthenizations are due to lack of space in the shelters, and the animal being there to long. The other 5.3 million are locked in steal cages waiting to get their second chance at love, (ASPCA). So when it comes time to grow the family and add a furry four legged friend, look through the steal bars at the lonely hearts, give them a second chance to have the love of a family.