There are many animals, including puppies, that are destroyed and abused every year for different reasons. As a result of this, rescue and adoption centers have been established so as to save the lives of some of these animals. Of course, you can’t always find your preferred breed in a shelter or rescue agency, so what should you do?
Arguments for Adoption
The greatest debate when selecting a new furry family member is whether to adopt from a shelter or rescue organization, or to buy one from a breeder. Different people have different opinions on this topic, but from a general perspective, people argue that adopting a puppy is one way of rescuing it from certain death, unlike buying.
It is very unfortunate that approximately 4 million unrescued puppies are euthanized every year in the US due to overpopulation in shelters. Adopting a dog or cat therefore means that you will have rescued the life of that particular animal. Because of this, you will be considered a hero rather than a monster as people sometimes refer to those who buy specially bred animals.
There have been a lot of misconceptions about animal adoption. For example, some people having been saying that puppies in shelters are those who did not make good pets. This is not true because the main reasons that people give up pets that end up in shelters include: they have allergies, the owner dies or no longer has time for the pet, the owner is moving to a home that does not allow pets, the owner is no longer able to afford the pet costs, etc.
The top reasons to adopt:
- You are saving a life
- You can get an adult dog rather than a puppy if you want a more relaxed animal
- The shelter or agency staff knows the animal’s personality and health issues, so they’ll be able to inform about any issues the animal may have
- You can visit with the animal, get to know its personality, and even take it home for a fully refundable trial period to determine if it is a good fit your home and family
- The animal has been cared for and brought up to health by the shelter/agency
- You can search for specific breeds you might be partial to
- Most shelter/rescue animals are of mixed breed, which decreases their chances of having or developing chronic health problems normally associated with purebred animals.
- If your circumstances change, and you can’t keep the animal, you can return it to the shelter or agency without incurring any associated fees
- Whereas there is some cost in adopting a pet, it is much more affordable to pay the $200 or lower adoption fee than the up to $3000 breeding fee (price is just approximate)
- The shelter or agency will do everything they can to assist you in the adoption process, and if you have any problems with the animal after you adopt it, they’ll even provide support to help with those issues too
Remember that saving money is not the only reason to adopt a pet versus buying one. Whereas adoptions generally do cost less initially, every animal needs regular veterinary care and to have its basic needs provided. Adopting isn’t as much about saving money as it about saving a life.
Arguments for Buying from a Breeder
Some people have a hard time not understanding why people buy puppies from breeders instead of adopting. However, all decisions, when made with solid reasons and according to one’s own need, must be respected.
Before we list the potential benefits of buying from a breeder, we must note the need to carefully select your breeder. There are some things that go on in puppy mills that are not good for the health of animals themselves. Nearly all “puppy mills” are large-scale breeding places where owners are after making large profits from the animals they sell. As a result of this, female dogs are forced to breed continuously until they can’t breed any longer. These female dogs do not have the freedom to live as normal dogs and their offspring are a result of over breeding, which, while creating beautiful animals, also causes serious health issues in their genetic makeup.
Not all breeders are like this. You can certainly find dog and other animal breeders who care for their animals, treat them well, track their lineage, and pair them in such a way as to ensure maximum genetic variety within the breed itself.
The top reasons to buy from a breeder:
You are guaranteed the breed that you desire and can verify each animals’ lineage
You can establish a relationship with the breeder and his/her practices
The breeder will offer you references of dog owners who are happy with the dogs they purchased
You will know what type of temperament and health concerns to expect from your animal
You will be able to fulfill your dream of having a certain breed
A breeder will be available to you throughout your dog’s life
- There is endless information on your specific breed
As you can see, there are good reasons to adopt from a shelter or association and there are good reasons to buy from a reputed breeder. It is a personal decision for each pet owner, and you can be sure that no matter how you acquire your new family member, the love that you give to, and receive from it, will remain the same.
Related link: How to choose the right breeder.
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