8 Reasons to Adopt NOT Buy Your Next Pet

At Deceased Pet Care, we’re huge fans of adoption. We think it not just a better choice, but the right choice. This May, is Puppy Mill Action Week. We thought about informing you of poor practices among pet stores, breeders, and puppy mills - but instead, we thought you’d much rather read a list of why you SHOULD rescue not purchase your next pet. So here are eight reasons to adopt not buy your next pet.

1. You Will Save a Life

Did you know over 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized every year? That’s a startling statistic. By adopting a pet, you can save a life. You give them a family and future that otherwise seemed grim. While your pet is only one of almost three million, we’re pretty sure your pet is super thankful you gave them the chance.

2. Adopting Fights Against Puppy Mills

While it may seem hopeless to fight against the often unethical breeding industry, adopting a pet is one of the most effect ways you can make a difference. You keep money out of breeders that have a history of abusive and unhealthy practices. With no customers, breeders are forces to reduce or shut down altogether.

3. Adopting Can Start a Movement.

Nothing is ever quite as effective as action. When your friends and family are greeted by the wide grin and wagging tail of your new adoptee, they’re going to be a bit jealous. Couple that with the beautiful story of how and where you fell in love, and they’re sure to bring home an adopted pet as well.

4. Adopting a Pet Helps More Than Just Your Pet

That’s right! Shelters have a hard time keeping up with all the stray and donated pets. When you adopt a pet you free up space for another pet to be cared for. If the agency is struggling to keep up with demand, you free up time for a higher quality of care for potential adoptees.

5. Adopted Pets Are Often Healthier.

When you buy a puppy or kitten, you are often unsure of how healthy they really are. With adopted pets, you can usually find a history or health record on your pet. You’re less likely to be blindsided with future complications. Moreover, adopted pets statistically have less health problems than purebred pets.

6. Adopted Pets Come with Perks.

When you adopt a pet from a reputable facility, the pet often comes with papers, vaccinations, a microchip, a free follow up veterinarian visits, and are usually spayed or neutered. This can save save lots of time and money in the future.

7. Adopted Pets are Often Cheaper

People who care for at-risk pets want you to adopt them! That’s why you are incentivized to adopt at a much lower price point. Buy a pet often cost upwards of $1000, but adopting is usually only between $75-150. This money is used to cover the cost of vaccinations and various procedures while staying with the agency.

8. Adopted Pet are Already People Friendly

Chances are, your rescue pet already had an owner. That means they are often house trained and know several tricks like sit, stay, heel, and more. It can save a lot of frustration when trying to raise and train a puppy or kitten from infancy.

Adopting and rescuing pets is just awesome. You feel good about what you’re doing and you get something genuinely great in return. At Deceased Pet Care, we invite you to take action against puppy mills by making your next family member a rescue. We can think of many who will be glad you did.