Adopting a pet from the shelter is both humanitarian and surprisingly cost-effective. Shelter pets need a warm, loving home. In return, pet owners can skip a lot of costs involved with raising a pet from a puppy or kitten stage. Consider these benefits:
Desexed and Vaccinated
Sheltered pets, unlike the newborn pups at the pet store, already have been spayed or neutered. They are also likely to have undergone a round of vaccinations. While regular visits to the vet are always required regardless of the age of the animal, not having to pay for these particular procedures can be an enormous saving. Each pet should also have a medical history so you know exactly what kind of care they will need.
Toilet-Trained & Disciplined
Many pets in the shelter have already been toilet-trained. As anyone who has had to house train a pet will tell you, having an animal that already understands the appropriate boundaries of the home is a huge advantage. You don’t have to worry about discovering any “surprises” in your favourite chair or shoes. Plus, a shelter pet will most likely already have learned how to respond to commands and other forms of discipline.
Unlike an excitable kitten or overactive puppy, older pets from the shelter are more mature. They make great companions for people who want a more sedate, relaxed pet who doesn’t require round-the-clock attention. Older pets can also be wonderful for people who want a pet but don’t think they can commit to owning a dog for 15 to 20 years.
A Great Feeling
Forget about the savings on medical procedures and paper towels: The most satisfying part of adopting a pet from the shelter is the wonderful feeling that comes with it. Millions of animals are abandoned each year to the streets. Animal shelters try to provide as humane and comfortable existence for these pets as possible. Unfortunately, many of them are put to sleep in order to make room for other abandoned animals. By adopting a pet from the shelter, you’re literally saving a life and making the world a better place.