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Posted by Fifthtee Staff on
“One of the best things about adopting a rescued pet is the knowledge you are saving a deserving dog or cat from languishing in a shelter or being put to death.” This great quote represents only the surface of why it’s important to adopt not shop.
We all wish to be loved, and animals are no different from us in that matter. Unfortunately, the majority of animals that end up in shelters have been abused or abandoned in the past. A shelter is equipped with the basic amenities needed to ensure an animal’s life, but most shelters are lonely and often underfunded. They cannot guarantee an animal the emotional care it needs.
This lack of emotional protection is especially distressing when one realizes that in the 2015 alone, U.S. shelters took in approximately 7.6 million animals and adopted out only 2.7 million animals. This results in an incredible 4.9 million animals that are left in shelters each year. Not only is it difficult for caretakers to give each animal the love they need; since the population is ever increasing, shelters find themselves hard-pressed to provide animals with basic necessities and are forced to euthanize a great deal of them. By adopting a pet from a shelters, one could literally save an animal’s life.
Meanwhile, when one purchases from a pet shop, one is directly supporting the animal mill industry. Animal mills work by placing a wide variety of purchasable pets inside small cages and forcing them to breed as often as possible. Animal mills do not care at all about the welfare of the animals. Their priority is to churn out as many babies as possible and sell them for profit.
Due to the lack of compassion and care shown in animal mills, most animals often fall ill, fail to master basic social skills, and develop genetic defects as a result of inbreeding. These animals also have a much shorter lifespan than household pets and may be constantly covered in their own feces due to the unhygienic nature of animal mills. Purchasing from pet shops not only denies a shelter animal from the love they need, but keeps the animal mill industry profitable and viable for expansion.
Adopting an animal is the best way to support the fantastic work that shelters strive for and save a few lives in the process. If we want to stop the exploitation of our furry companions, we must embrace adoption and pressure animal mills to shut down. By doing so, we can ensure that our pets are not born through pain and misery - but care and compassion.