Top Reasons to Adopt a Pet

Since we are closing in on National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day (April 30th, join us at Wayside for a volunteer day!), we wanted to share The Humane Society’s Top Reasons to adopt a Pet. This day was created as a way to raise awareness for thousands of pets who are waiting for (and needing) a home. Brookside Barkery and thousands of shelters and rescues alike are committed to giving pets a better life and making a difference, one animal at a time.

If you’re thinking about adding a pet to your family, here are ten reasons to adopt your new best friend:

  1. Because you’ll save a life. Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many animals come into shelters, and too few people consider adoption when it comes to looking for a pet. This number could be reduced dramatically if more people considered adopting rather than buying.
  2. Because you’ll get a great animal. Animal shelters and rescue groups are full of happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home. Many surrendered animals are given up because of a human problem, not because of the behavior of the dog.
  3. Because it will cost you less. Usually when you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations, and sometimes microchipping is included in the adoption price, which can save you the up front costs of adding a new furry companion to your family.
  4. Because of the bragging rights. No one needs to see another selfie, unless it’s one of you with the adorable pet you just adopted! Adopt a pet, post those pictures and let the well-earned likes roll in.
  5. Because it’s one way to fight puppy mills. If you buy a dog from a pet store, online seller or flea market, you’re almost certainly getting a dog from a puppy mill. Puppy mills are factory-style breeding facilities that place profit above the welfare of dogs. They will continue to operate until people stop supporting them. Adoption is one way to be certain you aren’t giving them a dime.
  6. Because your home will thank you. Many pets from shelters and rescues are already housetrained, which means you may be saving your rug, plus the time and effort involved in housetraining an animal. Adopting a mature pet gives older animals a second chance, and often means introducing them to your family will be much easier.
  7. Because all pets are good for your health, but adoptees offer an extra boost. Not only do animals give unconditional love, but they have been shown to psychologically, emotionally, and physically benefit their companions. Caring for a pet provides a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and lessens feelings of loneliness. When you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need.
  8. Adoption helps more than just one animal. Overburdened animal shelters and rescues take in millions of stray, abused, and lost animals every year, and by adopting one, you are making room for others in need. Not only are you giving more animals a second chance, but the cost of your adoption goes directly toward helping other animals get the better care they deserve.
  9. Because you can still find the breed you’re looking for in a shelter. If you’re looking for a specific breed to add to your family, try visiting The Shelter Project. This organization makes it easy to find adoptable pets near you, of every size, color, temperament and breed.
  10. Because you’ll change a homeless animal’s whole world. And get a new best friend out of the deal. What could be better than that?