Buying a pet can be very expensive; it could easily cost $500 to $1,000 or more. Adoption costs range from $90 to $130. Shelter animals have received vaccines, worm and flea medication, and a microchip. Part of the adoption fee goes to a spay or neuter deposit, if the animal needs it.
A mixed breed is a great choice. A mixed-breed animal is likely to live longer and cost less in vet bills than a pure breed. Many purebred dogs are prone to developing health problems ranging from breathing difficulties to hip dysplasia to an enlarged heart.
A pet purchased from a pet store is a complete unknown. Once you walk out of the store, you are on your own. Many pet stores don’t provide any support if you have questions or problems with your new pet. When you adopt, you know what you are getting because the animal shelter or rescue has a history on the animal. Shelters and rescue groups work to ensure that the adoption is a good fit. They will also help you through the familiarization period because they are invested in providing a good home for that animal.
When you adopt a pet, you are saving a life.
If you adopt, you get your choice of any age. Though puppies and kittens are cute and cuddly, they can also be a handful. An adult or older pet may be a better fit for you. For example, adopting an adult dog who’s already house-trained and knows basic cues is often much easier than adopting a puppy, who must be taught these things.
You get tons of love: adopted animals seem to know that you saved them! An adopted pet is every bit as loving, intelligent and loyal as a purchased pet, even if you get an adult or older animal.