Adopting Pets: Benefits and Things to Consider

Sadly, thousands of animals are taken in by rescue shelters every year, hoping to find their forever home. In their honour, we wanted to shine a light on the importance of adopting pets. Rehoming an animal has many advantages over buying a puppy or kitten. From saving money on veterinary fees to saving time on house-training, there’s so many great things about pet adoption.

We’ll also look at some of the things you should consider before adopting a pet. It’s important to ensure it’s right for your circumstances, and you also want to make sure you and your chosen pet are right for each other!

Benefits of Having Pets

Any pet owner will tell you that the joys of having a pet are second to none! They can even improve your health. Studies have shown that stroking and playing with pets can reduce your levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, as well as lower blood pressure. It has also been shown that pets can reduce feelings of loneliness and boost your mood.

Why Adopting Pets is Better than Buying

If you’re already sold on welcoming a furry friend into your home, you might be wondering whether it’s best to adopt or buy. There are plenty of advantages of adopting a pet in favour of buying one from a breeder.

You’ll be Offering an Animal a New Chance at Life

The cats and dogs that are rescued have often had a difficult past. By offering them a loving new home, you’ll be giving them a second chance at happiness.

You Won’t be Supporting Cruel Puppy Farming Practices

It can sometimes be tricky to find reputable breeders. Adopting a pet from a licensed charity means you’re not supporting cruel breeding practices like puppy farming. Remember, if you do ever choose to buy a pet from a breeder, make sure you do the proper checks first. Read our blog, ‘Questions to Ask When Buying a Puppy from a Breeder’ for more information on this.

Adopted Cats and Dogs Have Often Already Had Necessary Treatments

Adopting cats and dogs from shelters also offers the convenience of pets already having had initial veterinary treatments. Cats and dogs will have had their vaccinations, microchip and neutering taken care of before you take them home. This saves you the hassle of organising them yourself!

Adopted Pets are Likely to Already be Trained

While puppies and kittens are undeniably cute, they are a lot of work! Training them takes a lot of time and effort. Adopting a pet usually means you’ll be taking home a cat or dog who is already house trained and knows basic commands.

You Can Discover Their Personality Before Taking Them Home

It’s not always possible to tell what a puppy or kitten will be like when it’s grown up. Adopting an adult pet means you’ll have a much better idea who you’re bringing home with you!

You can visit the shelter a few times, spending a bit of time with your prospective pet before deciding. This means you can make sure they have the right temperament and personality for you and your circumstances.

Animal shelters also have such a wide variety of animals for you to meet compared to breeders, so you’ll be in a much better position to find the perfect match. Be sure to have a chat with people working at the shelter for advice.

You’re Supporting a Worthy Charity!

Animal rehoming centres and sanctuaries work hard every day to give the best possible lives to neglected, injured and abandoned animals. Adopting a pet from them helps them to continue the good work they do.

Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet

Adopting a cat or dog can be a life-changing experience. It’s important to think carefully before you make the decision.

Commitment

Firstly, you need to be committed to taking care of the pet in the long-term. Make sure you fully understand the needs of a cat or dog and the expenses they will incur. Also make sure that your lifestyle is fully compatible with a pet.

It’s particularly important to consider these things when adopting pets rather than buying puppies or kittens. This is because adopted dogs and cats are likely to have already experienced a lot of upheaval in their lives, so it’s important to be sure you can be their forever home before committing to them.

Other Pets

If you have any other pets, make sure that your new adoptee will get on with them! If you’re adopting a dog, you may be able to take your current dog to the shelter to meet your potential adoptee.

Getting to Know Them

You should visit your chosen pet a few times to really get to know them before deciding that they are the one for you. This way you can be sure they have all the characteristics you’re looking for in your dream pet.

It will also help increase familiarity between you both, making settling in easier if you do take them home.

Choosing a Shelter

Make sure you use a reputable shelter or rehoming organisation. They will be able to give you lots of help and advice and make the whole process run smoothly. One such organisation is PACT Animal Sanctuary, who we caught up with recently for a chat.

Wrapping Up

Adopting a dog or cat can be a fantastic experience. Many pet owners have found their dream companion in an animal shelter and given them a happy, loving home. If you’re looking to get a furry friend, find a reputable local shelter and make a visit! Your new best friend might just be there waiting for you.

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