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Pet Adoption Vs Purchase: Lesser Known Rewards

By Jenn Johnson

We all know the biggest reason why adopting an animal from a shelter or rescue organization is a much better choice compared to other avenues. Saving a life is the first thing that pops into our minds, but what about other ways we can reap rewards from adopting an animal from these environments instead of more traditional methods?

For those of us seeking a particular pet, perhaps an exact breed, size, shape or age and think that shopping at a breeder is the only alternative available without limiting your choices at a shelter, think again. Whether you’re looking for a specific tiny terrier or an enormous Great Dane, many shelters and rescue organizations will be happy to address your unique request. As with any special order, it may take a bit longer to find your perfect match, but you’d be surprised what you’ll find there and what they can deliver.

For example, many people don’t know the number of purebred animals found in shelters are upwards of 25%, which begs the question, why pay a breeder for an animal that’s questionable in the way they were born and raised, which is where the term “puppy mills” comes from. This is one of the main reasons some of these animals wind up being boarded here. Because they were “rescued” from these types of abusive environments.

Young & Old

If you’re looking for a puppy or kitten, going to a shelter or rescue spot is an excellent option since they have a good selection available on hand the vast majority of the time. Even if they don’t have a litter available at the moment you stop by, there will be one on the way almost immediately. The entrance of these little ones seldom matches the demand for them being selected for adoption.

On the other hand, those who are seeking a partially-grown or adult animal, these critters are usually housebroken, mostly trained, already “fixed,” have given some medical clearance and are simply looking for a forever home with someone who will share the love they have to offer. Even though they may have been abused in the past, they’re forgiving in nature and open to another chance at a life beyond what they’ve experienced and known.

Because They Know

The best part of this rewarding experience that comes along with adopting a pet is the fact that they know. What do they know? Science can’t explain how animals can predict weather patterns, why pets separated from their masters will often travel hundreds of miles to be reunited with their families or how some of them can detect cancer in their owners.

They also know – somehow – whoever let them out of that cage on a permanent basis – once and for all – is the one they’ll love forever and ever. Who took them away from a life of misery that led to that confinement. Once they’ve been adopted or rescued permanently, they know. Somehow, they just know.

They say you can’t put a price tag on love, but you can certainly get plenty of unconditional love for a smaller investment in time and money when investigating shelters and rescue organizations.

Born in Chicago and raised in Boston, Jenn is a journalist and freelance writer. She completed her PhD in Journalism from Northwestern University. You’ll find this pet enthusiast and free lance journalist living happily with her husband, three kids and their two beloved  dogs, Thunder and Lightening in the Back Bay area of Massachusetts, just outside Boston.

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