Because you’ll save a life.
Each year, one quater of a million of adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in Australia, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet.
The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them.
When you adopt, you save a loving animal by making them part of your family and open up shelter space for another animal who might desperately need it.
Because you’ll get a great animal.
Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home.
Many are surrendered through no fault of their own.
They are temperament tested before being adopted out to make sure they go to the right family for them.
Because it’s one way to fight puppy mills.
If you buy a dog from a pet store, online seller or market, you’re likely getting a dog from a puppy farm or back yard breeder.
Puppy farms are factory-style breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of animals.
Along with back yard breeders, who are out to make money without thinking of where the offspring may end up.
Because you’ll change a homeless animal’s whole world.
And get a new best friend out of the deal. Seriously, what could be better than that?
Do I have time to exercise the dog every day?
I have time for puppy pre-school and time to socialise a puppy?
Do I have at least an hour every day to spend time with my cat/dog?
Do I have time for obedience training?
If renting, does the landlord permit pets?
Is the backyard big enough and is the fencing secure?
Does the whole family want a pet?
Will the pet be allowed inside?
Will I have to move interstate or overseas in the foreseeable future?
Will I have to move to another rental property where the landlord may not allow pets.
Can I afford a pet?
Pets are a lifelong monetary commitment, you will need to factor in:
Weekly animal food bills and necessities
Yearly council registration
Monthly medications like heart worm/intestinal worm and flea treatments
Annual vet visits for vaccinations and check ups
Unexpected vet bills due to accidents or medical conditions
Boarding fees for human holidays
Enrichment like training, toys etc.