From the Humane Society of the United States
1. If you adopt, you'll save 2 lives - the life of the pet you adopt and the life of a homeless animal somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up. Around 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because too many people give up their pets, and too few people adopt from shelters.
2. When you adopt, you get a healthy pet. Rescues and shelters examine, vaccinate and spay/neuter their pets before being adopted. In addition to medical care, shelters and rescues also screen animals for specific temperaments and behaviors to make sure each family finds the right pet for its lifestyle.
It is a common misconception that animals end up in shelters or with rescue groups because they've been abused or done something "wrong." In fact, most animals are given to shelters or rescue groups because of "people reasons,". Issues like a divorce, a move, lack of time, and financial constraints are among the most common reasons pets lose their homes.
3. Adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group is much less expensive than buying a pet at a pet store or through other sources. In addition, animals from many shelters are already spayed or neutered and vaccinated, which makes the shelter's fee a real bargain.
4. Adopting a pet will make you feel better. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups.
Are you ready to adopt?