We can assume since you are reading this article, that you are on the fence as to whether you should adopt your next pet from a shelter or a breeder.
However, if you are looking for a dispassionate comparison of their respective pros and cons, you won’t find it here.
Always Choose a Shelter over a Breeder
It is simply irresponsible for breeders to produce more animals to meet a fabled “demand” for purebred animals when there are millions of animals living in overcrowded shelters or on the streets.
We can’t be dispassionate about this subject because it is impossible for us to remain dispassionate about the prevailing issue of homeless animals in the United States.
Every year more than 2.7 million shelter animals are euthanized in the United States.
There is simply not enough space to accommodate the estimated 70 million homeless animals roaming the United States.
Adopting from a shelter saves more than one life. It saves three.
Adopting your next pet from a shelter not only saves the life of your new pet, but it saves the life of the next animal the shelter can rescue.
The more pet owners who are convinced to adopt from a shelter instead of a breeder, the more animals that get to keep their lives.
You have already saved two lives by choosing a shelter animal, but many shelter pet owners would argue the third life you save will be yours.
Few things on this planet bring more joy and happiness into a home than the addition of a grateful rescue animal.
Shelter animals love unconditionally, and studies have shown that caring for a pet unconditionally has an incredibly beneficial effect on your psychological, emotional and physical well being.
Adopting a shelter animal is much cheaper than buying an animal from a breeder. For less than the cost of a nice dinner, you can save the lives of two animals.
Purebred superiority is a myth., but let’s not forget that roughly 25% of animals in shelters are “purebred,” which means that even the most discerning of pet owner need not spend thousands of dollars at a breeder.
Fight Puppy Mills
A puppy mill is a breeding facility that breeds puppies for profit without regard for the welfare of the puppies. Puppy mills are run like factories, and profit is their only goal.
When you adopt a shelter animal, you actively fight the terrible practice of puppy mills who carelessly breed animals in terrifyingly poor conditions.
Be A Hero
Shelter animals are called rescues because they need a hero to save them. You can be that hero. All you need to do to be that hero is make one decision. Decide to adopt your next pet from an animal shelter instead of a breeder.
Your decision will change the world for whichever animal is lucky enough to receive your love. Choose to be a hero and adopt your next pet from a shelter and save lives.