Adopt a Pet Save a Life, or Two

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 14th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Pet adoption is something everyone should consider if they are thinking of getting a new pet. Learn more about the Advantages of adopting a Pet.

Pet Adoption Saves Lives

When my wife adopted her cat from an SPCA not only did she save the life of that cat, she gave the shelter a chance to save the life of another cat.

Animal Shelters all have limited space. When they are full they either have to turn pets-in-need away, or have to euthanize the pets they have to make more room. Neither is a good option, so by adopting a pet, one pet gets a home, and another pet gets a chance.

Pet Adoption is Affordable

Some people think that paying for a pet is silly, they can take a free one any time. But that free one might be sick, loaded with worms, or ear mites. The free one might have a heart defect and die in three months time - leaving the family heartbroken and confused at what happened.

Animals that are adopted already have been vaccinated, dewormed, and checked by a veterinarian. The adoption fee is typically lower than if a person took a free pet and went to the vet with it.

Small caged animals often come with their cage, or supplies, included in the adoption fee. Many larger pets come with coupons and discount offers. All in all, adopting a pet is a great value - often better than buying one!

Pet Adoption is Guaranteed!

That is not to say that if you return your pet you get your money back, in fact most places will not give you your money back when you get a pet, however they will offer a health guarantee for the pet, and in some circumstances will "trade" for a different pet if their was a problem with the pet (as opposed to you just didn't plan ahead).

The adoption agency is there, and ready to help, if a new owner has any questions or concerns. They have a lot of information on pet care, and really want the pet to find a "forever home". This is very different from a store that just wants a sale, or an owner that just wants to get rid of their litter of kittens.

Selection, Selection, Selection

When you go to a pet rescue center, such as an SPCA, ASPCA, RSPCA, humane society, or other animal rescue, you have more pets to look at than when you go to any place else. If you are looking for a cat, for example, they will have different ages, colors, and personalities.

If you are looking for a dog, they will have many breeds, and mixed breeds. In most cases you can easily see how certain dogs behave, or look, when full grown, and the shelter will be way more honest about how certain breeds act, and problems associated with those breeds so you do not make a wrong choice.

Animal shelters often get new pets in every week, so a person can go back again and again until they find the right one. Some shelters even have big animals, like horses, for adoption, and even small animals, like hamsters, or snakes!

Pictures are by my wife - just kidding, bunnies would be sad about not getting adopted but they wouldn't shoot you.


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar christopheranton
16th Mar 2011 (#)

I hope all the bunnies, and cats and dogs get
One of the advantages of adopting a pet like a cat
is that, if you give a home to an adult, they will probably be housetrained, and that should save a lot of problems.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
16th Mar 2011 (#)

Good article. Love the pictures of the bunnies. Nice digital darkroom work.

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author avatar Denise O
16th Mar 2011 (#)

Love the cause, great writing, as always. I too just love the bunny photo. You will be happy to learn that, Dan and I have decided to go to the aspca, paws or another shelter to adopt a animal. We tried through craigslist and it was a bust. They unloaded a dog that was 1) not the age they told us. 2) they said he was good with animals and he attacked Bugg, out of nothing but jealousy. Needless to say we returned the animal. I was saddened it didn't work out but, we have learned our lesson. At least at these shelters they do give you the lowdown on the animal you decide to get. Nice work and thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Greenfaol
16th Mar 2011 (#)

Great article and couldn't agree more. One of my dogs is from a shelter and I love her to bits. As Christopher says, adults are already trained and Maddy was. She did go for the cat but we soon got her out of that habit.
Sorry to hear about Bugg, Denise, hope the other dog didn't hurt him. Some dogs just don't like sharing xx

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
16th Mar 2011 (#)

Congratulations on your decision to Adopt a pet Denise!

people in North America - Canada, USA, and Mexico can use a resource called to help find adoptable pets in their area - but NOT all shelters are listed on petfinder so its good to look too.
I also really hope more pets find homes too - and note that some shelters even have rescue sheep and horses for adoption

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author avatar Dafeenah
16th Mar 2011 (#)

Great article. I love the rambo bunny.

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author avatar Carol
16th Mar 2011 (#)

Great article Mark! We adopted all our dogs except Leo, and we adopted our cat, who lived to 21. Sorry it went wrong for you Denise.

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author avatar jvaughan
17th Mar 2011 (#)

I agree 100 percent. My wife and I have had pets in our home for over 23 years now and never purchased a single one. We only looked for the ones we thought we might be able to help if we could afford the adoption fees and vet cost. It really makes me wonder why pet stores still exist? It must be their Pedigree:)

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author avatar Songbird B
17th Mar 2011 (#)

Fantastic article, Mark, and so worthy of Star Page! I have adopted over 8 dogs from my local shelter over the last 30 years, and I wouldn't have it any other way... You are a man after my own gives me hope what great people there are out there...

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author avatar Aileen Tecson
24th Mar 2011 (#)

Their are man stray animals in my areas such as the cats and dogs abandon by their owner. It is piety to see them. Though, they exist animals welfare they not easily reach other places. great article!

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author avatar joan marie
27th Mar 2011 (#)

I always adopt or take in strays. They have been wonderful companions over the years. We have a no kill shelter here and it is heartbreaking sometimes seeing all the unwanted animals. More people should adopt. A mutts or domestic short hair cats are very grateful. joan marie

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
1st Apr 2011 (#)

It needs a great heart to adopt animals and care for them.
And I found people who take care of the pets are generally very courteous.

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author avatar dlist
12th Apr 2011 (#)

i hope the population of wild cat and dog will decrease so there will be no unnecessary suffering

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