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Are you torn between adopting or buying a pet? Deciding whether to adopt a pet or purchase from a breeder is a very personal choice. There are a variety of factors that may contribute to your decision, and it’s essential to understand your options.
Voyager Harness is celebrating National Pet Adoption Day on April 30th by sharing some important information about the benefits of adoption. Here are a few reasons why pet adoption might be the right choice for you.

☺ Providing a Home For an Animal in Need 

According to the ASPCA, 6.3 million pets enter animal shelters across the United States every year. Pet overpopulation is a growing problem, and the number of pets in need of a home far exceeds the number of animals that shelters can care for. This often leads to overcrowded shelters, and unfortunately, some pets are euthanized if they are unable to find a home. While the number of pets in need may be staggering, every little bit helps. Choosing to adopt is a great way to help fight pet overpopulation and provide a second chance for one of the many deserving pets in need. Not only will you be providing your new pet with a safe and loving home, but you will also create more room in the shelters for the millions of pets still looking for a home.

☺ A Smooth Transition for New Pet Owners

If you’ve never owned a pet before, caring for your new companion can be a bit overwhelming. Pet adoption can make the process easier and provide a smooth transition for new pet owners. Buying a pet from a breeder often means you will be getting a young puppy or kitten. While they are certainly cute, younger pets require a great deal of attention and care. Your pet will need basic training, and it will likely take some time before they are fully housebroken. This can be a frustrating process for new pet owners, and a younger pet may not be the best fit for you. Luckily, adoption allows you to pick from a wide range of ages. An older pet that is already house trained may be a better fit for your lifestyle and make the transition into pet ownership a little bit easier. During the adoption process, most pets will undergo a behavioral assessment. This information is used to help match pets with potential owners and find them the perfect home. Many adoption facilities also encourage you to set up a “meet and greet.” This is a great way to get to know your potential pet before bringing them home. Shelters and rescue groups can also serve as a valuable resource to answer any questions you may have about your new pet’s needs and care. They will make sure your pet is up to date on all medical care and can also recommend local veterinarians to take care of your pet’s future medical needs.

☺ Helping Your Community

The impact you can make by adopting a pet goes far beyond providing your new furry friend with a loving home. Animal shelters and rescues play a vital role in your community. Not only do these organizations provide essential care to animals in need, but they also work to improve animal health and safety. Stray pets can spread disease and put other pets in the community in danger. Shelters help get these animals off the street and make your community a safer place. Shelters and rescue groups work with veterinarians to get animals appropriate medical care. This includes providing essential vaccines that can help prevent the spread of disease. Additionally, all pets are spayed or neutered to help curb pet overpopulation. While there are many ways to support your local animal shelter, adopting a pet is a great option. Adoption fees help shelters continue to provide essential services and care for numerous pets in need. This includes providing animals with food, shelter, and vaccines. Adopting a pet also creates room for your local shelter to take in another pet who may need their help. By choosing to adopt, you will not only gain a loving companion, but you will also help make a difference in your community.

Summary

Whether you choose to adopt or buy, pets can be a wonderful addition to your life. We hope this information has provided some new insight into the benefits of pet adoption. If you have additional questions about adopting a pet, consider reaching out to your local animal shelter or rescue group. They can provide more information about the adoption process and connect you with loving pets in need of a home.

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